Motorists are taking a long detour round the by-pass to avoid damaging their vehicles by driving on the thick layer of chippings left by the council after resurfacing a road in Minnigaff last week.
One angry driver, who did not want to be named, raged: “The road through Minnigaff is covered in gravel and you can hear it bouncing up off the cars and you drive on it.”
He added: “There is also the danger of getting your windscreen chipped by chips flying up from cars coming the other way. I have taken to driving round the by-pass to avoid the road and others have too. It’s been like that for a week now, they (the council) put far too much gravel down but there is no sign of them clearing it up. I feel really strongly about this!”
A Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesman said: “As roads authority, Dumfries and Galloway Council is responsible for keeping roads safe to use. Routine maintenance, such as surface dressing, is essential if expensive resurfacing or reconstruction of roads is to be avoided.”
Councillor John Martin of the DGFirst Management Committee, said, “It’s vital that we maintain our roads infrastructure while achieving best value. Surface dressing offers an affordable and effective method of improving the surface of our roads. However, in order for resurfacing to be effective, drivers have a key role to play. By driving slowly over newly resurfaced roads, they improve the long term quality of the surface and minimise the possibility of damaging their vehicle.”