Road surface sticks to car tyres
By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
KIM SIGANTO could be forgiven for thinking her tyres were melting on the road during the midday heat yesterday.
But she was just one of hundreds of drivers to be affected by a road re-surfacing project gone wrong, when it began to lift because of the heat.
Kim said it was about 11.15am when she drove through the roundabout at the intersectiion of Dawson Highway and Chapman Drive, when she felt the tar lifting up off the road and on to her car wheels.
'It was sticking in blobs, and my husband had to take the car for a drive to get it all off before it stuck to the car,'' she said.
'I was watching the car in front of me literally taking the road with them, you could see the bottom of the road where the original road lay.'
Kim said it was chipping her car as she drove.
'We had to drive slowly and we had no other option than to drive through it,' she said.
Kim was among a number of residents who requested from Boral Asphalt that their tyres and paintwork be fixed.
'Why would they lay tar in this weather? It's too hot for it,' she said.
Another local resident Wendy Marsh said it was just before noon when she was banked up in the traffic to go home.
'There was nothing I could do, I was stuck in traffic and needed to get home,' she said.
'I have bits of tar all over the sides of the car and on my wheels.
'I wish I did science at school, because I have no idea how I am going to get it off.'
Wendy said the tar ended up becoming solid and she couldn't do anything about it.
'I contacted the council who put me on to Rockhampton Boral company who informed me to take my car down there this afternoon to get fixed up,' she said.
'They said if I took it to a car detailer they would fix up the cost.'
Wendy said the company had received hundreds of calls from annoyed people.
'Boral was so helpful and sorry about what had happened.'
Gladstone City Council acting director for infrastructure services Ross Paroz said the council had been notified of issues relating to the main roads resurfacing work on Dawson Highway.
'A problem was experienced with the adherence of the rubber bitumen tack coat for the asphalt resurfacing work undertaken by Boral Asphalt,' he said.
'Due to the hot, humid temperature today the rubberised bitumen tack coating is lifting causing a nuisance to motorists.
'Traffic control measures have been put in place by the contractor and the Main Roads Department and following emergency treatment of the damaged surface the road is now able to be utilised.'