Pot­holes leave driv­ers fum­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Ryan Mathe­son ryan. mathe­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au Is­land prob­lems: page 29

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.’’

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