Dave Meiers navigates Clayton Road with caution every day. The poorly sealed single lane road forces him to straddle the dirt whenever another car approaches.
Dave Meiers navigates Clayton Road with caution every day. The poorly sealed single lane road forces him to straddle the dirt whenever another car approaches. Max Fleet

Pothole problems cause mum fear

ALLOWAY mum Stephanie Meiers will not let her kids play in the front yard of her Clayton Road home because she fears the poor road condition could send a car out of control.

“It’s horrible - trucks fly down it and it’s a really rough road,” Mrs Meiers said.

“They never fix the potholes in the bitumen properly and they don’t grade the edges enough.”

She said the section near her driveway was so poorly graded that her car bottomed out every time she drove over it, and she was scared a pothole or slippery section of gravel could cause a crash.

“They just do a rough, quick job (of grading) - I won’t drive faster than 60kmh but the speed limit is 100kmh,” Mrs Meiers said.

Further down the road, Rosie and Dean Akers have also told their children to stay well clear of the danger zone.

“They can’t go out the front because cars go too fast for the condition of the road,” Mrs Akers said.

“The road is so narrow, it’s only one car width. You have to pull over to the gravel on the side if another car comes.”

She said the road needed to be upgraded and widened.

“A lot of people go this way to get to the dump and there’s a lot of local traffic that has built up over the years,” she said.

Mr Akers said it was frustrating to see nearby roads getting upgraded while their section was left to fall into disrepair.

“For example, (nearby) Wise’s Road had a full upgrade, with resurfacing and drainage put in, so it’s in very good condition now,” he said.

“But they never seem to spend any money on Clayton Road, even though it’s busier.”

Bundaberg Regional Council roads portfolio holder Wayne Honor said the council had received three complaints in recent months about the road, and council crews were dispatched to make spot repairs within days each time.

“We had one complaint come in (on Tuesday) and the crews will be going out there (today),” Cr Honor said.

However, a complete overhaul of the road was not on the cards for the immediate future.

“I don’t know of any capital works program in place to fix the road, but we will assess the complaints before the budget next year,” he said.



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