Pot­hole re­pairs on coun­cil pri­or­ity list

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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

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