Fuming over ‘patch-up fix’
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.
ANGRY: Childers man Arron Flanders was left livid after Bunns Rd, Apple Tree Creek was worked on by roadworkers.