Logan Village road works causes resident to disconnect down pipes

DIRTY: Jason Howell says there is no point leaving his solar panels on due to the dust created by road works in Logan Village. Photo: Supplied

DIRTY: Jason Howell says there is no point leaving his solar panels on due to the dust created by road works in Logan Village. Photo: Supplied

Logan Village resident Jason Howell has disconnected his downpipes and prepared for a larger electricity bill, due to his home being covered in dust by road works at Waterford-Tamborine Road.

The $40 million upgrade includes road widening and the installation of traffic lights.

Work started in August and will continue until 2019.

Mr Howell said his property was connected to tank water and if it were to rain, the dust on his roof would most likely clog pipes.

“It’s just so thick and they said we wouldn’t notice an impact from it,” he said.

“The solar panels are still working but only just. There’s not much point leaving them on at this stage.”

Mr Howell said he had complained on at least 20 occasions.

“It’s only been here for six weeks,” he said. “We keep getting told to tell the consultant our issues, then we don’t hear anything back.”

Mr Howell said he understood that the works needed to be done and was not against the upgrades but he wanted to see more water trucks used to keep dust at bay.

“I’d honestly like to just have a bit of correspondence with them,” he said.

“I know all of our street is impacted.

“So I can’t imagine what the drivers think when they are on it, especially at school time.

“We know what the situation is with the road and that it needs to be done but they just don’t seem to have any water trucks working properly up there.”

A Transport Department spokesperson said only four dust complaints had been received since construction activities started last month, all of which were responded to.

“We have a project hotline number which is manned throughout working hours by community liaison officers on behalf of our contractor,” the spokesperson said.

“Our goal is to conduct work in ways that prevent or minimise dust generation.

“The contractor is continually implementing strategies on-site to help preserve air quality.

“Doval Constructions have a number of water trucks deployed, which travel through the site multiple times each day, mitigating the dust as much as possible.”

The spokesperson said impacts were minimised by cutting bulk haulage on windy days, planning machinery movements, setting speed limits on unsealed roads and spraying recycled water onto roads.

Working hours are 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

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