Driver discontent: Bargo local Kasey Kain believes the number of potholes on roads in the town are dangerous for drivers. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeBARGO residents are calling on Wollondilly Council to fix the many dangerous potholes that are forcing drivers onto the wrong side of the road to dodge them.
Local resident Kasey Kain said there were several sections of road in Bargo causing havoc to motorists.
“You come off the freeway at Bargo and there is a massive pothole you have to dodge,” she sad.
“At the first overhead bridge [on Avon Dam Road] that’s where you have to drive on the wrong side of the road [to avoid them].”
Ms Kain said she had contacted Wollondilly Council but had been unsatisfied with the response.
“We pay our rates so why can’t things be done?” she said.
“The [potholes] damaged a whole set of rims and I sent the invoice to council but said they wouldn’t replace them.”
Wollondilly deputy general manager Ally Dench said potholes on Avon Dam Road had been filled in two weeks ago and that any conditions that caused drivers to cross onto the wrong side of the road was a problem.
“The last thing we want is for someone to have a car accident,” she said.
Mrs Dench said there were limited resources to maintain the more than 800 kilometres of roads in Wollondilly.
She urged residents to inform council and to be its “eyes and ears”.
“The best way is to call council and ask for a customer request action so we can prioritise where the biggest need is,” she said.
“We rely on people to report issues.”
The council’s JetPatcher, a high pressure machine that pushes bitumen into the road, can fill about 300 potholes a day.
Mrs Dench said that was a “short-term solution until we can rebuild or resurface the roads”.
In July the council confirmed it would need about $45 million to bring the shire’s roads up to a “satisfactory condition”.
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