Rain wreaks havoc on new road
SHARON residents fear the $10.7 million overtaking lanes being built in their area might be a waste of money after the road started to crumble in this week's rain.
Sharon man Dave German said he was disgusted when he found huge potholes had begun to appear on the new road following rainfall this week.
"The first sign of rain and these potholes have appeared," Mr German said.
"All that time and money and that happens.
"It's just not right."
Mr German has lived in the Sharon area for about five years and said he believed the overtaking lanes were a waste of time and money.
"They were completely unnecessary in the first place," he said.
"The traffic along here is not heavy enough to require overtaking lanes."
The concerned motorist said he was also worried about the condition of vehicles that had been travelling over the rough surfaces of the roadworks for the past few months.
"These potholes are an ongoing thing," Mr German said.
"It's not doing any good for the cars. We're waiting until it's finished to get new tyres on the car."
Sharon Service Station owners Wayne and Ros Drinnen said they had listened to negative feedback from the community, who were unhappy with the potholes and works.
But Mr Drinnen said he was not concerned.
"It's just the weather - it's unavoidable," he said.
"The timing of it is just unfortunate."
Mrs Drinnen said many people had chosen to simply avoid the road altogether.
"A lot of people have been going over the Cedars (Bridge)," she said.
Burnett MP Rob Messenger said he had received several complaints about the works and state of the road.
"I'm dreadfully disappointed this went ahead without residents being consulted," he said.
He said the millions of dollars spent on the road would have been better spent on roads needing repair.
"It just shows the incompetent and wasteful nature of Main Roads," he said.
"This money could have been spent on the road link between Bullyard and Rosedale Rd, which is the only way people can get access between Gin Gin and Bundaberg when Cedars and Splitters Creek are flooded."
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the wet weather meant the road could not be sealed.
"When fine conditions return, we'll ensure the potholes are filled prior to the final seal and line marking takes place," she said.
"Recent wet weather has delayed its completion and they are now expected to be finished in early 2012, weather permitting."