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While a welcome relief to the Toowoomba Region, extended rainfall in recent days has taken a toll on the local road network and Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is urging motorists to take extra care on the roads during the wet weather.
Some roads are currently closed due to water over the road and there is an increased number of road hazards as a result of ongoing rainfall.
TRC Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Carol Taylor said motorists should drive to the conditions and adhere to traffic signage.
“We’re asking people to be alert to changing road conditions, slow down and to observe temporary roadside warning signage which may be in place to indicate where roads are damaged,” Cr Taylor said.
“There is a lot of water in some areas, water may be ponding on flood ways and our roads are slippery and possibly boggy in some areas.
“There is an increased number of potholes on our roads and there may be washouts in some locations.
“Impacted roads should be avoided where possible and of course if it’s flooded, forget it.”
Cr Taylor said Council crews were responding to an increased number of road defects and urged the community to be patient.
“We are aware the condition of our roads has been impacted by the weather over the last few weeks, and we’re doing our best to try and make them safe again, first and foremost,” she said.
“The increased workload is expected to be ongoing over the next few weeks with more rain forecast in the coming days. We’re asking the community to be patient while damage is assessed and repairs prioritised.
“Repairs to the road network take time to complete and we thank motorists for their patience while this work is carried out.
“Council will continue to monitor and assess the condition of the Region’s roads over the coming weeks.
“We’re also encouraging people to let us know of any damaged roads they come across, as this helps us prioritise repairs and direct crews to the appropriate areas.”
To report a damaged road, contact Council on 131 872. For a full list of road closures visit tr.qld.gov.au and search “rain affected roads”.