Motorists have had their tyres covered by a thick layer of bitumen and will face costly repair bills after a stretch of highway ‘melted.’
A 2.4 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway, between Rockhampton and Mackay in Queensland, failed to set after it was resealed.
Queensland motorists have been left with melted bitumen on their tyres
The road failed to seal after it had been laid the night before because of the cold
The company who had sealed it the day before said a cold snap made it impossible for the road to dry properly.
‘Unfortunately, the cold snap came in pretty nasty this morning and stripped a few stones off the road,’ Rock and Road Bitumen manager David Wallman said.
Over 60 motorists were affected by the sticky road, which was also covered in rubble.
Some of those reported that their steering locked up as they were driving when the loose rocks became lodged in their vehicles.
As motorists drove along the rubble, stones went flying and caused some windscreens to crack.
One infuriated truck driver vented over social media that his tax dollars were being wasted.
Motorists claim it was covered in rubble and stones were flying everywhere
‘We pay big dollars for the privilege of driving on such crap. Absolute disgrace,’ posted one truck driver.
‘Send the bill to Main Roads,’ posted another.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads said they were investigating the complaints.
‘We are investigating issues with failed resealing works,’ the Department said. ‘Motorists should avoid the area if possible.’
They added the effected drivers would be able to make a claim for compensation.
They added the effected drivers would be able to make a claim for compensation