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US News Melting bitumen leaves motorists 'sinking' into Queensland road, destroys tyres

09:56  05 july  2018
09:56  05 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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MELTING tarmac on a far north Queensland road has gummed up tyres so badly motorists have been forced to abandon their vehicles. Tarmac melted on Millaa Millaa-Malanda Road in Tarzali, an hour and a half south of Cairns, leaving motorists stuck.

Angry North Queensland drivers have been left with expensive repair bills after finding themselves in a sticky situation on a melting rural road . “My car won’t move. The actual tyres won’t go round,” angry motorist Chris Smethurst said.

Drivers said they were © Supplied: David Anthony, Tablelander Drivers said they were "sinking" into the far north Queensland road.

Emergency repairs had to be made to a road in far north Queensland after bitumen melted around car tyres, causing traffic chaos.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads was forced to close the Malanda Millaa Millaa Road near Tarzali on the Atherton Tablelands yesterday after receiving several complaints.

Motorist Bridget Daley said her tyres were covered in bitumen, which had also flown off, striking her bumper bar and snapping it off.

"I was absolutely horrified to find that there was three inches of bitumen coated around all four wheels of my vehicle," she said.

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Some roads have become so hot that they have started to melt and stick to tyres . Keith Little, cabinet member for highways at Cumbria County Council, said: “If the bitumen becomes overheated, this Motorists who find sticky tar on their vehicles are advised to wash it off with warm soapy water.

Some roads have become so hot that they have started to melt and stick to tyres . Keith Little, cabinet member for highways at Cumbria County Council, said: “If the bitumen becomes overheated, this Motorists who find sticky tar on their vehicles are advised to wash it off with warm soapy water.

"It was like we were insects caught in a spider's web and we were sinking.

Motorists said they had chipped paint and damaged windscreens as a result. © Facebook: Anissa Rasmussen Motorists said they had chipped paint and damaged windscreens as a result. "There were people that were pulled up on the side of the road and they were in total and complete disbelief as to what had happened to their vehicles."

Another driver posted to social media saying the roads were a disgrace.

"We now have chipped paint and windscreen damage to our brand new car," Anissa Rasmussen wrote.

"We were stopped by police at Tarzali 10 kilometres from our destination because cars were broken down covered in tar, with it coating their wheels.

"Then police diverted us an hour through more roadworks with idiots driving high speeds through the gravel and spraying our car with rocks."

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Some roads have become so hot that they have started to melt and stick to tyres . Keith Little, cabinet member for highways at Cumbria County Council, said: “If the bitumen becomes overheated, this Motorists who find sticky tar on their vehicles are advised to wash it off with warm soapy water.

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A department spokesperson said it was aware of "issues" with recent reseal works on the road, and the road had been re-opened with speed restrictions after emergency repairs.

Millaa Millaa road melting bitumen. © Drivers had to get their tyres replaced after driving through melting bitumen. Millaa Millaa road melting bitumen. The ABC has asked the department for further details as to what caused the issue and whether drivers would be compensated, but the department is yet to respond.

'I've never seen anything like it'

Meanwhile, Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Joe Paronella said he understood it was a change of weather that led to the tyre damage.

"I have never seen anything like it and when the reports started coming through yesterday it was just incredible," he said.

"Last week a whole section of road was done by a Main Roads contractor and the gravel they put down on top did not adhere to the bitumen.

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Some roads have become so hot that they have started to melt and stick to tyres . Keith Little, cabinet member for highways at Cumbria County Council, said: "If the bitumen becomes overheated, this Motorists who find sticky tar on their vehicles are advised to wash it off with warm soapy water.

Local authorities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Doncaster and Hampshire were among those spreading crushed rock into the deteriorating tarmac which had started to stick to car tyres . RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Many motorists could be forgiven for thinking the sight of gritters on the road in

"We started getting reports in the middle of last week from people getting stones and gravel flying up everywhere so we've been trying to assist Main Roads as much as possible, we helped with brooms to get the gravel off.

"That was when we had cold weather and drizzle, since the weekend we've had the exact opposite and the bitumen, and the way I understand it, because there's no gravel, it's leading to vehicles galore with this massive amount of tar."

Mr Whalley said one tourist travelling through the region for school holidays was forced to pay $1,200 for a new set of tyres. © ABC News Mr Whalley said one tourist travelling through the region for school holidays was forced to pay $1,200 for a new set of tyres. The owner of a nearby tyre repair service Vince Whalley said about a dozen customers came in after traversing the road, needing their tyres replaced.

"They become very unsafe. The tar coming off the tyres itself is knocking bumper bars loose, knocking panels underneath," he said.

"They have got tar up to an inch, inch and a half thick on them so we can't clean the tyres up, we've got to replace them. 

"This would be the first time I've ever seen anything like it."

Mr Whalley said one tourist travelling through the region for school holidays was forced to pay $1,200 for a new set of tyres.

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"There are so many innocent people caught in this and if anyone who has damage to their vehicles to do with the failure of these roadworks need to contact Main Roads," Cr Paronella added.

"I would certainly be talking to the department about possible compensation."

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