Bajool's Bob Johnson speaking about the condition of the Bruce Highway.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bajool's Bob Johnson speaking about the condition of the Bruce Highway.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka ROK200716abajool2

Decade of Bruce Hwy disgrace

BAJOOL resident Bob Johnson is sick and tired of being run down by semi-trailers and beeped at when doing the 60kmh speed limit on a section of the Bruce Highway.

He’s fed up with seeing pothole after pothole and not knowing whether or not the road he uses to get home on a daily basis is going to be fixed any time soon.

According to the local retiree, the section of the Bruce Hwy near Bajool is in the “worst” condition he’s ever seen it in over the 10 years he’s called Bajool home.

“I’ve driven on dirt roads that are in better knick than the Bruce Hwy,” he said yesterday.

“I’ve seen heaps of cars get tyre damage from driving on that road, and there’s always cars pulled up on the side of the road changing tyres. We get a lot of stone ships in our windscreen too.

“There’s about seven kilometres of the highway where the speed limit is 40km/hr and pothole after pothole. I always thought that unless there were people working on the road the speed limit isn’t meant to go below 60km/hr and there’s been no roadworks there for a very long time. A sign for 60km/hr has been there for about 10 months, maybe longer, around the 90 degree bend near Archer but no road works have been conducted in the last 10 months.”

Mr Johnson, 63 said he wouldn’t be surprised if a fatal accident occurred some time soon.

“I drove up it this morning (yesterday) and purposely followed the speed limit and I had people beeping me and going crazy,” he said.

“I've been nearly run over by semi-trailers who nearly run up the back of me because I drive the speed limit advised by the sign. All they’ve done is go along and repair the potholes but as soon as a semi-trailer drives over them they become potholes again. We’ve just had a federal election and it wasn’t even mentioned about this section of the highway.

“ The only solution is to rebuild the road, take the bitumen off and start again.”