Ian Swan says embankments beside the Tin Can Bay Rd need to be fixed before the bitumen is undermined.
Ian Swan says embankments beside the Tin Can Bay Rd need to be fixed before the bitumen is undermined. Craig Warhurst

Tin Can Bay Rd erosion worries

GOOMBORIAN resident Ian Swan is worried sections of Tin Can Bay Rd will be undermined if work doesn't go ahead to fix erosion problems on steep embankments beside the busy highway.

Mr Swan pointed out two sections of Tin Can Bay Rd after noticing them on a morning walk.

The first is a section beside Chum Creek where erosion is just half a metre from the edge of the bitumen.

The other is a much larger problem just west of Window Rd, where the embankment has eroded with growing cracks in the embankment beside the bitumen.

He said he was concerned if the erosion wasn't fixed before the wet season it could undermine the road and cause a major accident.

"It is a 100km section of road and a lot of heavy vehicles use it," Mr Swan said.

The ex-army reserve sapper said he had worked with army engineers and knew a bit about road building.

"It looks like the embankments haven't been compacted properly," he said.

He said concrete had already been used to carry out repairs on sections of embankment near the site. He suggested more concrete reinforcing might fix the problem.

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