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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Dedicated pothole team on the job

Eurobodalla Council is urging patience as it makes its way through the backlog of potholes on the shire’s local roads.

The Council established a dedicated work crew who have filled 2,530 potholes over the past three months, patched 3,370 square metres of road, and used a whopping 180 tonnes of premix since heavy rain in March wreaked havoc on roads across the state.

The shire’s busiest roads, like George Bass Drive and Beach Road, take priority. Highway repairs are the responsibility of Transport for NSW, not the Council.

Works manager Tony Swallow said the crew was working through the backlog as fast as they could.

He said 10 natural disasters, combined with a 30 per cent increase in traffic on some local roads in the past five years, had added significant strain to Eurobodalla’s transport network.

“We understand potholes are a big issue for the community right now, and we are working as fast as we can to get our roads back to their usual standard,” Mr Swallow said.

“We know where the potholes are, but we can only do so much – further rain quite often undoes some of our work, but also makes it difficult to do more permanent repairs.”

Comprehensive road resurfacing is required in some areas however these works are dependent on the availability of contractors, machinery, funds, and of course the weather.

“The best thing drivers can do is to slow down and take it easy,” Mr Swallow said.

“Potholes on Princes Highway are the responsibility of Transport for NSW, not Council. We’ve been in regular contact with them to prioritise repairs in our shire, acknowledging the whole east coast is struggling with the same issue after two years of fires and floods.”

Above: Eurobodalla Council crews have patched 3,370 square metres of road and filled more than 2,500 potholes in the past three months.


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