The Courier-Mail

Gaping hole in city road repair plan

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AS A retired civil engineer and a ratepayer, I have viewed with dismay the deteriorat­ing state of the roads in Brisbane over the past few years.

To put it bluntly, we are now experienci­ng an epidemic of failures with road surfaces cracking up badly and potholes everywhere, which may damage tyres and cause bikes to crash.

Added to that is the inability of Brisbane City Council to control its footpaths as people build or electrical companies plant poles in them.

Footpaths in my area now are unusable if you need to push a pram or a wheelchair, or if you are a senior hoping to ride your electric buggy.

Brisbane City Council needs to do a proper audit of the shortcomin­gs in its area and develop a proper plan for remediatio­n.

It will be painful for ratepayers and take time but it needs to be done.

The first step is to admit there is a problem. David Poole, Ascot

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