MidCoast Council issues warning to motorists

While potholes are a constant problem, filling them is only a temporary fix, MidCoast Council says.

While potholes are a constant problem, filling them is only a temporary fix, MidCoast Council says.

MidCoast Council has issued a warning to motorists with heavy rainfall across parts of the region taking a significant toll on its roads.

Council's road crews are making temporary repairs in the worst hit areas. Along with repairing potholes, crews have been clearing debris and removing fallen trees, and will continue to assess the condition of the region's roads over the coming days.

Council's operations manager, Daniel Park, said while potholes are a constant problem, filling them is only a temporary fix because reconstructing roads is a much larger operation that requires long term planning and more importantly, funding.

"This kind of persistent rain over a period of time brings all our work to a halt and when we already have a backlog, it unfortunately sets us back even further," he said.

"We know some people are upset when they see us patching the road, but this is the best temporary solution to improve safety on our roads in the interim.

"We are aware that the condition of our roads has been heavily impacted by the weather over the last few days, and we're doing our best to try and make them safe again, first and foremost.

"We're asking people to be alert to changing road conditions, slow down and to observe roadside signage which may be in place to indicate where roads are worst damaged," he said.

"We're also encouraging people to let us know of any damaged roads they come across, as this helps us prioritise repairs and divert crews to the appropriate areas.

"With one of the largest road networks in NSW we face a significant challenge, but we want the community to know we are aware and we're doing our best."

To report damaged roads or debris, complete the online 'report and request' form on the council website, www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/report or call 7955 7777.

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