Concerns raised over road surface

THE $2.3million upgrade of Tannum Sand Road has hit a ‘pot hole' with concerns raised about the quality of the current road surface.

Claims of the road surface breaking up, and numerous pot holes already being filled has come to light, forcing Tannum Sands resident Marjorie Cameron to question the worth of the project.

“I feel that an awful lot of ratepayers' money has been spent and they really don't have their money's worth,” Ms Cameron told The Observer.

While stressing she was not laying blame on Council, Ms Cameron said a marvellous job had been done on preparations works.

However, she feels a very cheap and inadequate surface has been used.

“It's falling apart before the works are complete,” she said.

“I know they are still working on it but it's got patches, lumps, bumps and chunks everywhere.

“One decent lot of rainfall and it's already being fixed.”

Responding to the concerns, Gladstone Regional Council has confirmed the seal at the moment is a first coat only of 16mm aggregate.

A Council spokesperson said it was a two-coat seal with the final seal being a rubberized seal which requires warmer weather to ensure adhesion.

The final seal has been programmed for mid-September.

The spokesperson said there would be some maintenance issues, dependent on the amount of traffic and weather, in the interim and Council would repair as directed by Main Roads.

“The bulk works are now complete and contractors (guard rails) and a concrete crew are continuing to do minor works,” the spokesperson said.

The expected completion of Councils' contract is late September.



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