BORDER motorists would not be surprised at the Olympic and Riverina highways being named the worst roads in the Albury region; many will have travelled across their poor surface on a regular basis.
A close look at the Olympic Highway at Yerong Creek and The Rock, and the Riverina Highway on the route to Lake Hume Village, will reveal road surface problems that many refer to in the NRMA survey result.
NRMA director Graham Blight says the Riverina Highway regularly makes the list as one of the worst roads in NSW.
The O’Farrell government has this year announced some expenditure on the road but it is only a start to address a much bigger problem.
The government has responsibility for both highways; the problem is directed to local government when the road responsibility falls to local councils.
Cookardinia Road should be a priority for the Greater Hume Shire Council, but with limited money available, it’s an ongoing task for councils to lobby governments for funds for these roads.
The NRMA says just under $2 billion would address the road maintenance and rebuilding needs that would potentially save more than 15,000 deaths and serious injuries on NSW and ACT roads.