Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rosewood Drain Drama; Road Design Blamed

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rosewood Drain Drama; Road Design Blamed

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Byline: Joel Gould joel.gould@qt.com.au

ROSEWOOD's main street needs serious money to be spent by the State Government to fix the camber of the road, insists local councillor David Pahlke and local business owners.

Cr Pahlke said the crown in the middle of John St was too high and was causing footpaths and shops to be flooded in heavy rain and other major issues for motorists and busineses.

The camber refers to the upward curve from the edge of a road towards the centre.

"The road profile holds very little flow. Currently it's the footpath that's the gutter," Cr Pahlke said.

"I have been given an early quote of $500,000 but I am fearful that it will be much more to fix the problem."

In a council committee meeting this week Cr Pahlke illustrated with his hand gestures how the crown in the middle of John St was too high.

He has the support of Rosewood News co-owners Robyn McGrath and Sue Krause.

"At the moment when it floods down the main street the footpath and the shops become the drain, not the road," he said.

"That has happened three times since 2008.

"It is a DTMR state government-controlled road.

"They are responsible for it.

"I have approached the last four state members and nothing has been done. I have approached Jim Madden and nothing has been done.

"I had a meeting with Main Roads six weeks ago and pleaded with them to do something about fixing the camber."

Ipswich West MP Jim Madden said he was aware of the issue but said the Ipswich council should fix what he considered to be the major concern.

"There are reasons why there is a crown in the road. It is for drainage purposes to direct water into the gutters," Mr Madden said.

"If you have a flat road, the road turns into a drain.

"I think the bigger problem in Rosewood is the poor stormwater drainage along John St. …

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