Posted November 10, 2019 08:37:50 A woman living in a small New South Wales town has spent 10 years driving along a road that has never been cleaned, and she’s still waiting for a sign that the road will be cleared.
Key points:The town of Bensalem is one of many in NSW experiencing severe flooding conditions caused by extreme rainfall in NovemberThe woman says the roads are too narrow for cars to safely drive along the roads, and they are often filled with debrisThe woman, who is from the Sunshine Coast region, has been driving the tar road on her family’s property for about 10 years.
It is one part of the Tar Roads Highway in Bensala, which is in the same community.
The woman’s family owns the land on which the road sits and her father works in the nearby mines.
“I’m not a car person, but if we have to travel long distances to work I’m not going to want to drive,” she said.
“I don’t know how long we will last.
We are looking at a couple of weeks at the most.”
The road was built in 1954.
In November 2017, heavy rain caused extensive damage to the road and caused a large sinkhole to form in the middle of the road.
When the road was first built, a sign posted by the state’s Department of Transport warned that the roads were not designed for cars.
“Roads are not designed to accommodate vehicles,” the sign read.
It is understood the department has since removed that warning.
Despite the warnings, many of the roads in the area remain impassable and dangerous for vehicles.
“The road has been closed for years,” the woman said.
She said her family had to drive for days and days to get to work, and it has been a struggle to navigate the roads.
“It’s been so bad, we have no idea where we are, how far we are from where we want to be,” she told the ABC.
Bensala resident Annabelle Loughton said she has not seen a single sign of the tar roads since she first started driving on the road more than 10 years ago.
Annabelle said it took about 20 minutes to get from one side of the highway to the other, and the roads usually had only one lane.
“When you’re driving along this road, you don’t have a clue where the next turn is going to be, because there are always people in the back of your car and there are trucks in the front,” she explained.
“If there’s a big truck coming from the other direction, they are just going to try and pull over in the wrong direction.”
She also said the roads could not be cleared with a tractor.
“They are so narrow, it’s just not possible,” she added.
A Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the Tar Road Highway was maintained by the Department of Planning and Transport, and not the Department for Planning and Environment.
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