Pothole repairs on council priority list
UNRELENTING rain has taken a heavy toll on local roads this wet season, with more than 1600mm battering the city since November.
Townsville City Council has made pothole repairs a priority, allocating 18 crews to tackle the city’s growing road recovery list.
Gangs are working seven days a week to carry out patching work.
Local crews will be joined today by three private contractor crews.
Mayor Les Tyrell said fix- ing the road system was of paramount importance.
‘‘ The road system is so saturated that it is breaking up in many areas,’’ he said.
‘‘ Crews are prioritising the ci t y’ s busiest r oads and doing what they can in some of the worst spots in suburban streets.’’
The council recently waged war with the pothole epidemic, using more than 600 tonnes of asphalt since February to fix local roads while working around the clock.
Cr Tyrell said incessant rain was restricting crews to temporary repairs until the weather improved.
‘‘ The rain is so constant that no sooner are repairs done that in some cases they are blown out again within a couple of days,’’ he said.
‘‘ Road gangs are working in all sorts of conditions and into the night to repair the worst affected areas.
‘‘ At this stage the repairs are temporary until conditions dry out and they can do permanent patching. The roads have been hammered by the huge wet and motorists should drive with care.’’
Torrential rain continued to fall across the city early yesterday morning with falls of more than 100mm recorded across the northern suburbs.
Rollingstone led the charge with a mammoth 239mm in the period to 9am yesterday, followed by Paluma with 193mm, Toomulla 190mm, Deeragun 124mm, Bushland Beach 122mm, Cluden 96mm and Townsville Airport with 94mm.
Heavy falls began to head north throughout the day yesterday, forcing the Bruce Highway to be closed south of Cardwell.
Trebonne led the way recording 192mm in a six-hour period yesterday, followed by Abergowrie Bridge with 116mm and Ingham with 73mm.
Townsville Airport has received 569mm for the month as of yesterday, edging closer to the record March total of 683mm recorded in 1990.
Bureau o f Meteorol o g y forecaster Dr Greg Connor said the rain was continuing to fall on saturated parts of North Queensland.
‘‘ We have certainly seen s o me a d d e d h e a v y f a l l s which is adding to a very big month,’’ he said.
‘‘ We are still forecasting heavy falls north of Townsville in the near future but we are expecting rainfall around the city itself to be relatively light for the next three or four days.’’
ENDLESS JOB: Worker Michael Goode and the rest of his council gang labour over a pothole
Photo: SCOTT RADFORD-CHISHOLM