Tackling region's pothole problem

Published 7:00am 22 May 2022

Tackling region's pothole problem
Words by Nick Crockford

Extra crews have been deployed to help repair the region's roads following last weekend’s heavy rain.

Teams have, in the last six days, identified thousands of potholes in roads across the region and Moreton Bay Regional Council aims to fix them within two weeks.

“Fortunately, we’ve got some great local contractors in Narangba we’ve been able to call on overnight,” Mayor Peter Flannery said.

“On Wednesday we got an additional four patching crews out on the roads, on top of the eight crews we usually have in operation.

Finding potholes - click through

'Amazing team'

“I want to thank our amazing opps team for moving so quickly on this, because I know there was a shortage of crews around SEQ after the last flood event.

Mayor Flannery said it was a “region-wide issue” and there’s no ‘worst hit’ area.

“Which is a particularly big challenge for us here in Moreton Bay, because we have nearly 4000km of sealed roads to maintain and we’re geographically about the biggest in SEQ.,” he said.

“This is an environmental issue, it’s not a maintenance issue. It’s the compounding effect of the back-to-back rain events we’ve seen recently.

Taking action

“But I definitely want locals to know we’ve heard your concerns and we’re taking immediate action.”

Council issued warnings on Facebook at the weekend over a growing number of potholes and how crews would not be able to repair them until conditions improved.

Dash cams are also mounted on garbage trucks to help monitor road conditions and detect potholes.

Moreton Bay Regional Council also has an app which residents can use to report issues.

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