It’s the 20 metres of gravel City of Ballarat just wouldn’t seal - and a nearby resident fears it will cause an accident.
After living at her Forest Street property for more than two years, Carol Taylor was excited to see council workers sealing the mouth of Cambridge Street on Friday.
She said workers completed resealing around the street’s corner, creeping ever closer to fixing the “dangerous” road shoulder out the front of her home.
But she was told by workers they wouldn’t be completing the short segment. She was even more shocked when she called City of Ballarat about the gravelly road shoulder, with a council worker telling her she ‘won’t like what they’ve got to say’.
How can they really justify leaving that little bit? ... It’s so stupid, when you think, well, everything was already here to do it. They’ve just got to bring it all back now.Forest Street resident Carol Taylor on the unsealed gravel patch
“They told me they didn’t have the budget to do it this time around, and it was on the maintenance list to be done in two years time,” Ms Taylor said.
In January last year, they re-sealed Coulter Street but again did not complete any of the road shoulder.
“We do have quite a few idiots come up Forest Street and whiz around here, you sort of worry about them getting in the loose stones,” Ms Taylor said.
“To have come this close to having it done at each end … it would please me immensely if they could just get it done.”
Following questions by The Courier, a City of Ballarat spokeswoman said in a statement “maintenance crews will endeavour to complete this section of the road by the end of March”.
The council also had electronic signs near the corner of Forest and Norman Street on Monday, advising of more roadworks in the area.
“The City of Ballarat's roads maintenance team has recently re-sealed Cambridge Street as part of it's 2018/19 maintenance program,” City of Ballarat’s spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Community members may notice that there is a section of road shoulder along the east side of Forest Street between Cambridge and Coulter Streets that remains unsealed, this is because Forest Street did not form part of this particular re-seal project.”