Road tar was left skirting the sides of Sawmill Rd.
Road tar was left skirting the sides of Sawmill Rd. Georja Ryan

Piles of tar raise concerns

AT FIRST glance, they look like piles of horse manure skirting Sawmill and Fitzroy streets, but on closer examination they are piles of tar - and one Warwick resident isn't impressed.

"It's a safety hazard as far as I am concerned," she said.

"If you wanted to pull over in a hurry, it would get up in your wheels and under the car and people could trip over it too."

The roadworks are actually taking place on Percy St; however, the workmen store their machinery at the Sawmill and Fitzroy St intersection and the tar falls from the machines, onto the street.

The Warwick resident said she couldn't understand why the workers did not just clean up the tar after their shifts.

"The amount of dollars they spend on those machines and roads, you'd think they'd clean it up," she said.

"It's great they are doing it of a night time, but even if they just spent an extra few minutes to clean it up of a morning."

A spokeswoman for Transport and Main Roads said they were unaware it was an issue until they were contacted by the Daily News.

"We've identified some small clumps on grass near the intersection of Fitzroy and Sawmill streets," she said.

"And about five of them on a parking area to the side of the road.

"An engineer inspected the tar clumps after we were notified.

"Small pieces of asphalt stuck on machine wheels have been dislodged in transit between the worksite and parking area."

The spokeswoman said the piles of tar did not pose a safety risk.

"The good news is these very small tar clumps don't present a safety problem to drivers using the road, and all of these clumps are being cleaned up at the finish of works," the spokeswoman said.

The roadworks were due for completion last night, weather permitting.


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