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Fix the Bloody Highway

To the Editor of The Beagle and Dr Michael Holland MP for Bega.

As of 14th April the numerous dangerous potholes in the Princes Highway between Tuross Head and Moruya have not been filled. The heavy rain contributing to the damage was in early March with follow-up rain into April. In previous decades a highway maintenance truck and crew were on the road filling potholes a day or two after rain. Maybe these days we have to wait for an urgent repair issue to go to a committee and then a contractor. It appears the state government continues to neglect the safety of the Princes Highway from Nowra to Bega. Expensive tyres and some wheels are being damaged which are generally not covered by car insurance so perhaps there may be a Class Action for damages due to lack of Duty of Care. In recent weeks I have witnessed drivers swerving to avoid potholes and have personally seen cars on the roadside with flat tyres and have heard of many more, just in time for the Easter holiday visitors to run the expensive and dangerous gauntlet of our potholed Princes Highway. Could also cause serious injury to motor cyclists as some potholes can’t be easily seen when in shade. For years the Teensafe campaign to Fix The Bloody Highway with more overtaking lanes and centre barriers has seen no improvement in these key safety suggestions. Perhaps we may have more focus on the highway by our new MP for Bega, Dr Michael Holland, a welcome change. Gary Smith , Tuross Head. Teensafe manager.

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