David Kidd with his VS Commodore, which he drives along the Bruce Highway regularly.
David Kidd with his VS Commodore, which he drives along the Bruce Highway regularly. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Bruce damages David's Commodore

THE Bruce Highway is the worst it’s ever been in the five years David Kidd has lived in Gladstone.

Mr Kidd, who travels the Bruce every couple of weekends to Brisbane for business and pleasure, said Premier Anna Bligh needed to drive along the highway in a vehicle the average motorist drives to really see how bad it is.

He said the main problem was the potholes, which were only being patched up with spray seal.

Mr Kidd owns a new Holden Commodore SS V-series, which is low and has 20-inch wheels.

He knows all too well the difference between patched-up potholes and properly repaired roadworks, having worked in the asphalt industry for two years.

“They are unavoidable,” he said.

“When you hit a pothole, the car moves.”

Mr Kidd said the car jumps and goes side to side.

“You get a lot of suspension damage when you hit potholes,” he said.

“A single trip down there and you need another wheel alignment.”

Mr Kidd said the road was worse now, even more so then after the floods.

“The problem is the patching they are doing,” he said.

“They are only doing spray seal. As soon as it rains again, it

crumbles again. It gets a bit of moisture in it and it falls apart.

“It’s pretty much wrecked the car.”

Mr Kidd believes the ideal solution to fix the Bruce Highway would be dual carriages the whole way that are asphalted.

“But any overtaking lanes would be good, especially with the amount of traffic on the highway these days,” he said.

“I tend to drive at night because if you drive during the day, you end up behind 20 cars for hours.

“You are on the road that long because you are stuck behind people.”

Mr Kidd said another problem with the Bruce was the lines vehicles continuously drove, which were now sunken ruts.

He said motorists might also notice slick bitumen, which was caused when bitumen heated up and vehicles picked up all the loose stones, leaving behind a mostly bitumen surface.

“Spray seal is the cheap stuff,” Mr Kidd said.

“They spray it down and stones are rolled into it.

He said if the government spent the money on redoing the whole highway with asphalt it would require less maintenance.