DSC unhappy with the Cape roadworks
THE Douglas Shire Council has extended the defects liability period on roadworks done on Cape Tribulation Rd by three months.
Infrastructure Manager Michael Kriedemann explained that in the months following the works, the council was “not satisfied that the completed roadworks meet the required standard of road construction.
“The extension of the defects liability period will enable Council to conduct further testing and analysis of the technical aspects of the roadworks and discuss any possible rectification works which may be required of the contractor,” he said.
In the weeks following the roadworks there were a number of complaints about vehicle damage as a result of loose stones.
Lawrence Mason of Cape Tribulation, whose vehicles suffered damage from loose stones and tar sticking to the paint said he wasn’t surprised the shire was extending the maintenance period.
“Of course they are unhappy; it is a terrible reseal and will be slippery in wet weather because large parts of it are stripped in the wheel tracks, where grip is needed most,” he said.
A number of other locals also told the that they had lost time or money repairing their vehicles.
Rob Lapaer of Rainforest Hideaway said he “spent quite a few hours every day with turps cleaning tar off my car” in the week after the works were done.
When originally reported by the in early September, the DSC said “the reseal works in all locations was completed to Australian and Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads standards.”
However at the time, general manager of operations Nick Wellwood said that there issues in some areas with new stones being ‘embedded’ in bitumen on some sections of road.
The extension of the defects liability period now takes the period to February 3 2017.
Mr Kriedemann said it was too early to tell if further repairs would need to be carried out over that period. “This will be determined by Council over the next three months.