5 October 2022

Potholes a priority in Eurobodalla as heavy rain takes its toll

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Potholes are causing major problems across the region.

Potholes are causing major problems across the region. Photo: Kim Treasure.

Eurobodalla Council has diverted its seven road maintenance crews to pothole repairs after heavy rain and long weekend traffic made a mess of local roads.

Council says the shire’s busiest local roads will be prioritised, like South Head Road and North Head Road in Moruya, George Bass Drive and Cullendulla Drive in the north and Dalmeny Drive in the shire’s south.

The repairs will be temporary and won’t last long, but the aim is to reduce the risk of vehicle damage and potential for crashes in the short term.

A spokesperson said more permanent repairs would be made once the roads dry out and equipment becomes available.

Hundreds of low-lying and roadside drains will also be cleared of leaf matter and debris to prevent potential flooding.

With wild and wet weather forecast again this week, crews will work in the rain to make the necessary road repairs and unblock drains.

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Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher said the state of the highway continued to be an issue, with the Transport for NSW work at Turlinjah, north of Bodalla, especially problematic.

Cr Hatcher said council staff would be in touch with Transport for NSW to request urgent repairs to potholes on the highway in the Eurobodalla.

The problem is not new. In April council urged Transport for NSW to take action and fix dangerous potholes on the Princes and Kings Highways.

While councils look after local roads, Transport for NSW is responsible for maintaining and repairing highways.

Wet weather, bushfires and two years of flooding in the region have exacerbated the potholes, along with a 30 per cent increase in traffic over the past five years.

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The issue with fixing potholes is that clear weather is needed to dry everything out before more permanent repairs occur.

Motorists who find issues with any highways can contact Transport for NSW’s traffic management centre on 131 700.

Drivers are being asked to slow down and take extra care on the roads, and to watch out for workers.

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