Rough ride for Tiaro motorists
ANDERS Madsen pays rates just like everybody else on the Fraser Coast.
So why, he asks, should he and other ratepayers living along Tallegalla Drive near Tiaro have to dodge “ridiculous-sized” potholes, struggle over severe corrugation and risk the very real chance of blowing a tyre every time they leave their driveway?
“I’m sick and tired of the terrible condition of the road,” he said. “I’ve put five complaints in to the council but they’ve done nothing. It’s just getting worse and worse.”
Mr Madsen reached the end of his tether late last month after blowing his second car tyre in a year travelling along the unsealed section of Tallegalla Drive.
“The corrugation and potholes are that deep that I’ve had two flat tyres,” he said.
“What’s most concerning though is that the local school bus travels along this road. My kids catch that bus.”
Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Martyn Walton said the unsealed section of Tallegalla Drive was last graded in December 2008 and was on a 12-month cycle.
But because some of the road was a school bus route it could be given an extra grade.
“An inspection rated the road at 6/10,” he said. “We set intervention levels at 5/10 so we feel that it will last until its yearly grade in December.”
Mr Walton noted the prolonged dry weather had affected a number of gravel roads across the Fraser Coast.
“There has been an increase in the number of ratepayers contacting the council about dust and corrugated roads.
“We hope that by the end of November the council will have a grader, roller and water cart working the Glenwood and southern Tiaro region.”
Mr Walton said the council was also still trying to fix 75 roads damaged by floods in April.