MOTORISTS got caught in a sticky situation when they drove on the freshly sealed road at the Shute Harbour Road and Tropic Road intersection in Cannonvale last Thursday.
Two motorists reported the incident to the Whitsunday Times after they drove over the section of re-sealed road and the tar lifted off and caked on their tyres causing a sticky and expensive mess.
Chris Smith was one of the first motorists to drive on the re-sealed road.
He said most of the damage was caused to his tyres but also to the rims, the front wheel arches and scratches to the front panels.
“This is the outcome for those unlucky drivers like myself who were first to drive over it, now have to pay the price,” he said.
Terry McMullen was also an unlucky driver on Thursday afternoon.
He had to get new tyres fitted to his car which cost $800.
“The outcome was total chaos and disastrous for the motorists and their vehicles,” he said.
“We are talking here about hundreds of cars picking up metres of gooey unset bitumen and stones.
“It was like I had square tyres.”
A Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said the bitumen sealing work was carried out last week in preparation for an asphalt overlay.
She would not comment on whether the section of road had been opened to drivers prematurely and was not suitable to be driven on.
The spokeswoman said the department was “investigating” the issue and each motorist's claim would be considered on a case by case basis.
The wet weather has affected the planned timeframes for the work to be completed. Main Roads said the project was now set to be finished in April if weather permitted.
The work was to be completed by Christmas.
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