Road holding town back: locals
WOODENBONG locals groan when anyone mentions the potholes, blind corners and broken bitumen on the road into town.
"Some of the craters in the road are a metre across and probably 150mm deep, and I'm not talking individual potholes, I'm talking clusters," said Julie Wadsworth of Dalman, near Woodenbong.
Locals are so frustrated they've started a Facebook page called Fix the Woodenbong to Legume, Mt Lindesay Rd.
Ms Wadsworth said locals had a right to be frustrated because the poor state of the road was holding back their beautiful town.
"The campaigning about this road has been going on for about 15 years," Ms Dalman said.
"I feel sorry for people who work in retail in Woodenbong or Killarney because the first topic of conversation is always 'that bloody road and how do you do it'?
"The negativity is really getting people down," she said.
But a representative from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) denied the road had been neglected.
"This financial year, Roads and Maritime Services is providing Tenterfield Shire Council with $1.3 million and Kyogle Shire Council with $910,000 to help with maintenance of regional roads such as Mount Lindesay Rd," the representative said.
"RMS has also indicated to council it would be able to contribute up to 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to identify possible improvement work for Mount Lindesay Rd.
"RMS met with Tenterfield council in the past month to start this process."
The representative added that traffic volumes on the road were "very low" compared with the New England Hwy via Warwick.
But Ms Wadsworth said B-double trucks regularly used the road to get to the Casino meatworks and it was a "major link between the Darling Downs and the Northern Rivers".
She said locals were tired of buck-passing and wanted action from all levels of government.
"We know our children and loved ones are at risk travelling the road.
"We need people to stop critiquing the road and do something that will get some action happening."