Potholes emerge on roads
THANKS to the rain, potholes have made driving on roads in the Ipswich area seem like navigating through a minefield.
The RACQ said it had received hundreds of calls in the past week from motorists reporting flat tyres, damaged suspension, steering problems and broken axles.
RACQ spokesman Joe Fitzgerald said floodwaters had broken up many roads, causing significant potholes.
“The Warrego Highway is like a theme park in some areas,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“The heavy rain has caused some potholes but it wasn't in that good a condition before.
“The RACQ has been advocating for the Federal Government to do something about it and we were very disappointed to see it way down on the government's list of priorities.
“The RACQ feels more money should go into road infrastructure including all of the revenue from fixed speed cameras.”
He said potholes could be very difficult to see in heavy rain if they filled with water but motorists must try to avoid them or risk damaging their vehicles or, even worse, crashing.
Yesterday, a pothole about a metre long and 50cm wide stopped four cars in their tracks near the intersection of Randalls Road and the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fairney View.
Two of the vehicles suffered blown tyres and badly bent rims and had to be towed. The other two needed a tyre changed.
Meanwhile, Ipswich City Council works committee chairman Trevor Nardi said maintenance crews were attending to severe potholes in the city's strategic road network.
“Also our four road maintenance crews will be working on pothole repairs on Monday,” Cr Nardi said.
“Monday is a normal RDO but staff will be working owing to the amount of potholes.”