Potholes leave drivers fuming
CRATER: Kayleen and Brian Anderson at the corner of Dommett and Normanby streets in Wulguru A ROUTINE visit to a sick friend turned into a nightmare for Kayleen Anderson after she became trapped in a monster pothole on one of Townsville’s cyclone-battered streets.
The 62-year-old was forced to wait two hours for a tow truck after two wheels of her car sank on Normanby St, Wulguru recently.
The area is causing headaches for local motorists forced to make their way across the deteriorating road surface.
Gulliver resident Ms Anderson has called on Townsville City Council to act, describing the area as a suburban war zone. ‘‘ We have our fair share of potholes over on our side of town but that is nothing compared to what I s a w t h e o t h e r d a y , ’ ’ Ms Anderson said.
‘‘ It makes me wonder why these roads remain open when they are clearly a problem. If there was a sign up or the area was closed off, there is no way I would have gone down there.
‘‘ The holes are very hard to make out until you are right on top of them and by then it’s too late.’’
Ms Anderson said the situation could have been a lot worse.
‘‘ I am worried that if someone was driving down there on a dark night the outcome could be tragic,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ O b v i o u s l y t h i s s t r e e t i s further down on the council’s priority list but I think the people deserve a roadway they can use.
‘‘ I don’t get out very often myself so I guess I was lucky I didn’t do any more damage.’’
The council recently made pothole repairs a priority, allocating 18 crews to tackle the city’s growing road recovery list.
Mayor Les Tyrell said recent rain had restricted crews to temporary repairs.
‘‘ This is a massive job we have ahead of us and there hasn’t been a lot we could do with all the wet weather around,’’ Cr Tyrell said.
‘‘ The roads have been absolutely hammered by the huge wet and motorists should drive with due care.
‘‘ We have allocated all of our resources to be able to have them repaired as quickly as possible.’’