A Hole Lot of Nothing; Company Acknowledges Roadworks Project Drawn Out

The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia), February 18, 2011 | Go to article overview

A Hole Lot of Nothing; Company Acknowledges Roadworks Project Drawn Out


IT HAS been going so long, people driving past barely notice any more, but it has become a thorn in the side of those whose lives it has messed up.

Roadworks near the intersection of Brisbane and Whitwood roads at Ebbw Vale were meant to be done within a few months, but this month the project marked its first birthday.

Walker Corporation is responsible for the work, which is part of a new access to its Citiswich Business Park and the Warrego Highway.

Cr Trevor Nardi, whose division covers the area, said it was the longest road project he had seen in his 13 years as a councillor.

He said the work was scheduled to begin last February. That was put off till March, and the finishing date kept stretching on.

C[pounds sterling]It's been a slow, procrastinated affair,C[yen] Cr Nardi said.

C[pounds sterling]You have to feel sorry for the residents because they have suffered for a long, long time.

C[pounds sterling]They should have finished it last year, end of story.C[yen]

Businesses nearby have struggled with disruptions.

Studio 90210 hair salon owner Kylie Richer said she arrived at work one Saturday morning to find her water had been cut off.

C[pounds sterling]It would be all right if it only happened once or twice. One morning there were cars and trucks parked up and down the street,C[yen] Ms Richer said.

C[pounds sterling]It's just been a shambles. A lot of people thought we were closed. …

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