Months of roadwork hard to swallow

A YENGARIE family has been coughing and spluttering for days, but it's not because of the flu season.

Roadworks outside Ashley Hetherington's Mungar Rd home have kicked up a storm of dust thick enough to force cars to switch on their headlights even during the day.

“You can feel the dust in the air, on the tables, it's every-where,” he said.

“Our 17-year-old son is on a nebuliser. We're just choking on dust.”

He said roadworks had been going on for months, after the surface was damaged during the January floods.

“They kept patching and patching, and they've dug out a ditch but it's just the same,” he said.

“We can understand the need for the roadworks, but we have been begging them and begging them to send the water truck, because the dust is terrible.”

The family has been documenting their struggle with the airborne dirt, fearing a driver will crash in the hazy conditions.

A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said the council was reconstructing a section of flood-damaged Mungar Rd under contract for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

“Weather permitting, a primer seal should be applied to the section of road by the end of this week,” the spokesman said.

“The council acknowledges that the site became dusty and has taken steps to ensure that dust is kept to a minimum as the work progresses.”



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