Motorists urged to drive to conditions as crews assess roads

Luka Kauzlaric

MOTORISTS are urged to take care on the region's roads with Gladstone Regional Council road crews assessing reports of damage resulting from recent rain.

Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said all efforts were being made by the council's crews to follow up reports as timely as possible with some crews scheduled for weekend work.

"In locations which have been subjected to excessive rain, when able to access areas, road crews will carry out inspections to determine the extent of works required," Cr Sellers said.

"Council has received a few initial reports of road damage, several roads have been closed across the region and caution should be taken near Euleilah Creek Bridge and Essendean Bridge with flooding expected.

"Some crews will work on Saturday to undertake emergent repairs and an assessment will be made to determine whether work will be required on Sunday."

Cr Sellers said motorists across the region were urged to drive to road conditions and be mindful of water over roads and road closure warning signs.

"Typically, after heavy rain, there is a greater potential for potholes to develop when water undermines the top surface," she said.

"The road condition may then rapidly deteriorate as increased traffic passes over these areas."

A spokesperson from Gladstone Regional Council said residents could inform council of potholes via their call centre on 4979 1134 or by the Snap Send Solve application, available on iPhones and Android mobiles.

The aftermath of heavy rains and prolonged wet weather is synonmous with damaged roads and infrastructure, a regular nuisance for council workers.

"The Snap Send Solve app can be downloaded for free, allowing users to photograph and send information to Council within 30 seconds. Council's customer service operators receive and log the requests so they can be addressed by the relevant staff."

The Snap Send Solve message received by Council includes any images taken and the GPS location of the person reporting the issue.

Toolooa St, the Dawson Hwy and Glenlyon Rd are among the hot spots for potholes after the recent downpour.

Potholes occurs when oil and binders which constitute the asphalt begin to dry out and and form fine cracks during extended periods of heat, absorbing shock from travelling vehicles further exacerbates these cracks.

When rain comes these cracks fill with water and begin to widen, and once the cracks are large enough the asphalt will pop out due to vibrations from vehicular traffic.

Pot holes

  • Bruce Highway at Ambrose, Mount Larcom and Bajool
  • Lowmead Road, Rosedale
  • Tannum Sands Rd, Tannum Sands
  • Toolooa St, Toolooa
  • Dawson Hwy, Gladstone
  • Glenlyon Rd, Gladstone

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