Don’t dig up new roads, councillor requests

Stop digging up our nice smooth roads – that will be the gist of a sternly worded letter to be sent from the Murray Bridge council to SA Water in the near future.

Councillor Tod Cusack suggested the move on behalf of residents of McHenry Street, who he said were “justifiably outraged” at the utility’s decision to dig up the recently resurfaced road.

“They had a beautiful new road they waited years for, only to have SA Water tear it up and remediate (it) to a less than acceptable condition,” he said at a meeting last week.

“It’s a waste of ratepayer dollars to have new roads torn up by utility companies and they should remediate (it) to the condition they found it in.”

Council chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said the council kept SA Water informed about its planned road works and encouraged the utility to “do the right thing”, but had no contractual means of holding it to account.