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Drivers slam 'state's worst road' near Cracow

ROUGH RIDE: Taroom resident Bil Roberts was appaled at the condition of the Eidsvold-Cracow Road when he towed his boat over to the coa
ROUGH RIDE: Taroom resident Bil Roberts was appaled at the condition of the Eidsvold-Cracow Road when he towed his boat over to the coa

BILL Roberts thought his boat was being buffeted by 30-knot winds as it savagely bounced up and down.

But the Taroom man's trusty dinghy was still on its trailer being towed along the rock-strewn Cracow to Eidsvold road.

Bill, who went on his fishing trip to the coast several months ago, said when he headed over to the coast for a spot of fishing he had followed recent work by the grader, and the road was in good condition.

Upon his return two weeks later, he labelled the road's condition “shameful”.

Bill said the grader filled up the space between rocks with topsoil, which was quickly worn by trucks and the wind, leaving big rocks exposed on the surface.

“I used to work as a stock agent and I've been out west to Longreach and Quilpie and I've never seen a road worse than this,” the Taroom resident said.

“After rain you can forget about (driving on) it.

“It's one of the worst roads in Queensland and it's right here in Banana Shire,” Bill said.

Cracow resident Lyn Runge echoed Bill's comments.

“The last section of road, which is under the banner of Banana Shire Council, is what we kindly term 'a goat track'. Occasionally this section gets graded. However, all we need is a little rain and basically bare rocks are evident,” Lyn said.

“The (former) Eidsvold Shire, without prompting, completed a wonderful bitumen road and sadly Banana Shire Council cannot finish what is a dust bowl of a few kilometres.

“We have been told that there is no money for the sealing of this section of the road. However, that does not surprise Cracow because Cracow doesn't get very much at all from council,” Lyn said.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesman said the department had also recently completed $2 million in surfacing and sealing works on a 14.7 kilometre stretch of the Eidsvold to Theodore road, north of Cracow.

These works were jointly funded by the State and Federal governments.

About 131km of the 161km Eidsvold-Theodore road is now bitumen, leaving 30km of gravel.

Main Roads says it will continue to seek federal funding to upgrade the road.


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