New roadwork headache for Gatton motorists
Drivers already weary from roadworks across the valley have a new problem to contend with - long delays east of Gatton until November as Eastern Drive gets a makeover.
The roadworks began on Tuesday this week, at the intersection of Gatton-Laidley Rd and Eastern Drive, with some motorists experiencing delays of up to 10 minutes long and severe traffic congestion.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson would admit only "minor delays" it said were "unavoidable".
"Work in areas that are likely to experience significant traffic impacts will be scheduled either outside of peak travel times or at night," the spokesperson said.
"These changes are already in place and delays today, August 6, have not exceeded five minutes through the site."
The spokesperson said the Eastern Drive reconstruction project started last week with the set up of project site compound and survey works before construction works started this week.
"We're committed, wherever possible, to schedule works that minimise impacts on the travelling public, however given high traffic volumes some delays will be unavoidable," the spokesperson said.
However, some motorists continued to experience lengthy delays yesterday, with eastbound traffic backed up to the caravan park.
The TMR representative said the road works were continued reconstruction works from the flood events of 2013.
"Severe weather from Tropical Cyclone Oswald resulted in the flooding of many areas in the Lockyer Valley, which caused pavement damage to several roads, including Eastern Drive," the spokesman said.
"Temporary patching road works were carried out after the wet weather to allow traffic to continue accessing the road. The current project involves the final reconstruction works to repair the damage.
"The works should be completed by November, weather permitting."