New potholes are breaking out quicker than they can be fixed.
New potholes are breaking out quicker than they can be fixed. John Gass

Wet wrecks regional roads

WATER is a road's biggest enemy and right now it's waging a war against the region's bitumen.

Gympie Council's Works and Services chairman Larry Friske said council crews could hardly keep up with the road repairs, but it was a fact of life that a traditional wet season caused road conditions to deteriorate.

"We are dealing with a lot of potholes and blocked drains as well as slippery roads," he said

Several roadwork crews have been tasked to patching and cleaning the roads, but new potholes were breaking out quicker than they could be fixed.

"As well as potholes, we've got grass growing faster than we can handle as well," Cr Friske said.

"The wet season always hurts us financially. There's an annual maintenance budget and we've just got to fit the costs within that. We only get government assistance if it's been declared a disaster area.

"It's a challenge for our workforce to get around and fix everything. It's relatively costly but that's life and we have to do it most years. For the sake of our farmers we put up with the rain and want more."

While public expectation of council is that roads should be fixed quickly, Cr Friske asked readers to be mindful there is always more to it than meets the eye. He asked motorists to be patient and drive according to the conditions.

"Be aware; roads are potholed, some are slippery and some have loose gravel."

Gympie Times


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