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Phone in region's problem potholes

A council truck gets caught in a deep pothole on Egerton St in December last year.
A council truck gets caught in a deep pothole on Egerton St in December last year.

THAT sinking feeling.

Not the sinking feeling you get in your stomach but the one you get when you hit one of the Central Highland’s large potholes with a resounding thud when driving.

Main Roads is trying to combat the problem of potholes by asking Queenslanders to dob in a pothole.

“We all hate potholes and I ask people to dob them in, when and where they find them,” Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said.

“I ask road users to call Main Roads on 131 940 and listen to the prompts to report any potholes.”

Emerald Courier’s Byron Hill has good reason to use the hotline as he travels the region for work which he said could take him anywhere between 100km per day to 3000km in a week.

He said he would definitely be interested in dobbing in potholes as he “knows the roads well” and plenty of potholes worthy of being fixed.

“I would consider using it as it’s an advantage to us and other road users,” he said.

Byron said the worst pothole he knew of was probably on the Cotton View Rd and Capricorn Highway intersection, with another problem area on the Capricorn Highway heading east to Rockhampton, about 8km out of Emerald.

“It has been pretty bad for the past 12 months so why hasn’t anything been done?” he questioned.

“We go to Rolleston, Clermont, Dysart and Middlemount at least six times a week as well as locally and all the nooks and crannies in between.

“It’s a fairly big job,” Bryon added.

Therefore good roads were a priority for his drivers’ safety and to avoid damaging the work vehicles.

He said while there had been no significant damage to work vehicles, the potholes had caused wear and tear, particularly on the shock absorbers, tyres and the front end of the vehicles.

“I try and straddle them but other times you can’t avoid it,” he said. “You just have to drive to conditions and take it steady and slow.”

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said council was aware there were a number of potholes on local roads.

“These have been developing as a result of the recent rain over several months, combined with the amount of use our roads are getting while the ground is still soft and saturated,” he said.

“I would encourage anyone who sees potholes to report them to their local council office. Pothole repairs are performed by a special crew using specialised equipment. We try to organise the work so they can do a significant amount of work in one area in a timely and effective manner.”


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