Pothole fix in Woodvale angers drivers

A TEMPORARY fix for a pothole in Woodvale has created further traffic hazards, motorists say.

Works to patch up the hole on Bendigo-Pyramid Road were carried out last year after the road was identified as being in disrepair in 2011.

Wayne Maher regularly drives along the road and said it had become a concern for cars and motorbikes.

“It’s a massive bump in the road that people are having to swerve around,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before someone crashes into an oncoming car.”

Mr Maher said the stretch of road near the clay shooting target range was increasingly busy and said motorists were frustrated at “being ignored for so long”.

“It’s been about two and a half years we’ve been trying to get this fixed,” he said.

“We had a big town meeting with police and VicRoads 12 months ago and we raised it then. 

“To take them two years is just too long for such a hazard.”

VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said an inspection was carried out on the pothole before temporary patching works were completed in late 2012. 

Permanent repairs have been scheduled before the end of February, Mr Kersting said. 

“In the meantime, VicRoads will continue to closely monitor the condition of the road to ensure it is safe for motorists.”

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Peter Cox said the issue should have been addressed earlier.

“Projects have to be weighed up against each other,” he said.

“There’s just not enough funding to go round. But this should have been a matter of priority.”

Mr Kersting said he encouraged road users to notify VicRoads of any hazardous road conditions, 24 hours a day, on 13 11 70.

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