Gympie drivers weather cost
THE region’s prolonged wet weather has created some traffic hazards for locals, including Gympie’s Bambi Wixon.
Ms Wixon has had to replace four tyres and two rims on her Hyundai sedan after she hit two massive potholes while driving home from Maryborough on Saturday night.
She was driving in the wet, it was raining and she was following a truck.
“I didn’t see the (first) pothole. By the time I saw how deep it was, I was right on it,” she said yesterday while paying her bill at Beaurepairs.
Ms Wixon said it was too dangerous to swerve in wet weather and the impact of hitting the pothole rattled her teeth.
She managed to make it home but could feel something was wrong with the steering of the car.
The next day she noticed three of her tyres were losing air and two rims were buckled.
“It’s a joke. The signs should be near the spot,” she said.
The bill for four new tyres and rims exceeded $2000.
RACQ crews north of Gympie that service from Curra to Tiaro said they were kept busy with wet weather related jobs, helping people who were bogged or after large potholes wrecked tyres.
In and around Gympie RACQ crews were also kept busy helping vehicles out of bogs.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson has refrained from commenting on whether there was any onus on the department to foot the bill of motorists who have damaged – in some cases – all their tyres while travelling on the Bruce Highway after the department failed to fix potholes in the first instance and recent rain has made them worse.
A source has confirmed variable message signs have been displaying warnings about potholes from Gympie to Maryborough since December.
The spokesperson did say road crews were inspecting the Bruce Highway and prioritising interim repair works to ensure safety.