Fum­ing over ‘patch-up fix’

NewsMail - - NEWS - SARAH STEGER [email protected]

A BUND­ABERG re­gion res­i­dent is seething, claim­ing he al­most be­came bogged in some poorly-marked road­works on yes­ter­day morn­ing’s school­run.

Childers man Ar­ron Flan­ders yes­ter­day found him­self smack bang in the mid­dle of main­te­nance grade road­works along Bunns Rd, Ap­ple Tree Creek.

“They (Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil) do this ... when it rains,” he said.

“But when we were driv­ing along there (yes­ter­day), we al­most got bogged, and there was no traf­fic con­trol present.

“The whole road was ripped up and it was all soft dirt.”

Mr Flan­ders said the lack of sig­nage present, warn­ing res­i­dents com­ing from Howards Rd (a side-street off Bunns Rd), was dan­ger­ous.

“It’s just ask­ing for an ac­ci­dent,” Mr Flan­ders said.

He claimed drivers com­ing from Howards Rd could “plough straight into one of the trucks, the grader or the roller (there),” if they weren’t care­ful.

The coun­cil’s roads and drainage spokesman Bill Trevor paid a visit to Bunns Rd im­me­di­ately after hear­ing about the com­plaint.

He ar­gued given the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween Howards and Bunns Rds was a T-in­ter­sec­tion, “you can’t miss that there’s road­works un­der way. But I’m go­ing to go speak to (the work­ers) about that now”.

“On the left side of Bunns Rd com­ing from Biggenden Rd there’s a (re­duce speed, road­works) sign though,” Cr Trevor said. He said the main­te­nance grade meant drivers were forced to cross a soft patch of dirt in the mid­dle of the road.

“You have to do that when you grade a road, though,” he said. Yes­ter­day morn­ing Mr Flan­ders told the NewsMail the 100km/h stretch of dirt road be­came a pot­hole mine­field “ev­ery time there’s even a tiny bit of rain”.

“They come back and fix it a few months apart, but they’re just rip­ping it up and then call­ing it even,” he said.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the need for a more-per­ma­nent fix, Cr Trevor said Bunns Rd would be up for con­sid­er­a­tion for fund­ing in the Small Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram next year.

“There is a small hill sec­tion that can wash out. It is in the high pri­or­ity to be done ... as soon as fund­ing is avail­able it will get done,” he said.

Photo: Ar­ron Flan­ders

AN­GRY: Childers man Ar­ron Flan­ders was left livid after Bunns Rd, Ap­ple Tree Creek was worked on by road­work­ers.

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