Tamborine road will not be repaired until next year

TAMBORINE roads damaged by ex-Cyclone Debbie in March will not be repaired until next year, infuriating residents fed-up with the lack of work.

DAMAGE: The speed limit has been reduced to 40km/h on Waterford-Tamborine Road.Photo: Supplied

DAMAGE: The speed limit has been reduced to 40km/h on Waterford-Tamborine Road.Photo: Supplied

Tamborine’s Debbie Pringle said residents were frustrated about the time taken to re-surface Waterford-Tamborine Road.

“The floods were in March. Like let’s be honest, how can they expect us to wait nearly a year for repairs?” she said.

“The speed limit has gone down to 40km/h and it’s a main thoroughfare.

“There are signs to say road work but no road work happening.

“People are now over it and speeding through there everyday.”

Ms Pringle said there had been patch-up work completed but has since been washed out.

“It’s just not good enough,” she said.

“We just want to get it fixed.

“I know there is an awful lot of flood damage but it’s just so frustrating having the speed down to 40km/h, people aren’t obeying it anyway now.”

A Transport Department spokesperson said Cyclone Debbie had caused severe damage to Queensland’s road network, including landslips across more than 200 Gold Coast hinterland roads.

“Crews have been hard at work since Debbie passed restoring our roads and design on the Waterford-Tamborine Road repairs is ongoing with construction expected to begin in early 2018,” the spokesperson said.

“In the meantime, due to the limited width of the road and damage to the guardrail and road surface, safety barriers are needed to make it safer for motorists.

“Once the barriers are installed, the 40 km/h speed limit through the damaged road section will be increased to 70km/hr until permanent repairs are done.

The spokesperson thanked residents for their patience and said community members should email southcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au for updates.   

Eligible reconstruction works are to be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Ms Pringle said residents were extremely frustrated with the situation.

“It is very hard to deal with because at one end of the road we have this and the other end we come to the Logan Village road works,” she said. “I’d hate to have to travel it every day.”

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