Anger at pothole damage
A WOMAN who hit a large pothole on a Bundaberg Regional Council-controlled road in Moore Park Beach is angry the authority has refused to pay to fix her car.
Tanya Petersen said the pothole she hit was about 10cm deep and almost a metre wide.
"The council had worked on this road just 10 days before," Miss Petersen said.
"Now I've got a letter back from them saying they won't pay for it."
She said she could not understand why, if council crews had been working on the road so recently, potholes could appear so quickly.
Miss Petersen said the pothole was one of three in Murdochs Rd near the service station and the new IGA.
"It split the tyre on my new car and that cost me $700 to replace," she said.
"What really angered me was the council said they had worked on the road but they were just not going to pay."
Miss Petersen said as soon as she rang the council and complained, the road was fixed by 8.30am the next day.
But she accepted there was now nothing more she could do.
Miss Petersen said she accepted that motorists should try to avoid hitting potholes, but she was unable to this time.
"Because it had been raining there was water across the road and I just couldn't see the potholes," she said.
"I'm just lucky I was in a car. If a motorcyclist had hit one of those potholes they could have been seriously hurt."
Miss Petersen said she was no stranger to driving on roads with potholes in them.
"I live at Welcome Creek and the road is terrible," she said.
"It's got hundreds of potholes in it."
Council roads and drainage manager Peter Jensen said it was accepted that Miss Petersen hit a large pothole on Murdochs Rd outside the new IGA store on November 8.
"She put in a claim for damages, for which we denied liability on the basis that the council did not physically do anything that would cause damage to her vehicle and that we attend to repairs to roads as quickly as we can, given our limited resources and our vast road network," he said.
"Potholes grow with wet weather and high traffic use.
"It rained at Moore Park Beach the day before this incident."
Mr Jensen said the pothole was repaired the same day Miss Petersen claimed she hit it.
"Large parts of our road network are still in a fragile state from the heavy rains 12 months ago," he said.
"Plenty of potholes and pavement failures can be expected if we have more rain."
Mr Jensen said the roads reconstruction bill was estimated to be more than $60 million and repairs were likely to take up to two years.