Craters in Kiewa Valley roads anger drivers

A SCHOOL bus company operator has hit out at the Indigo Council, saying it’s only a matter of time before potholes in Kiewa Valley roads cause a serious car crash.

John Rooney, 72, whose daughter drives his school bus between Kergunyah and Dederang, said two deep craters in Boyd Road and the Gundowring Road desperately needed fixing.

“These sections have been like this for years and now they’ve put up the speed restrictions to slow it down to 40km/h, but it’s not fixing the problem,” Mr Rooney said.

Both roads have lost bitumen, which has been chewed off by wear, tear and weather.

The Border Mail saw several drivers not obeying road signs that advised drivers to slow to 40km/h on Boyd Road.

“For a lot of drivers, the signs mean nothing,” Mr Rooney said.

“Somebody is going to end up ignoring the signs, their cars will get out of control and somebody will have a fatal.”

Two passing locals stopped on Boyd Road to express their concerns as Mr Rooney pointed out craters.

“I nearly crash my car every time I go through here,” Lucas O’Brien said.

“How can a car come along here safely?” asked another resident, Jenny.

Mr Rooney said he had lost faith the council to repair damage in the near future.

“As far as I’m concerned, the councillors are a waste of ratepayers money,” he said.

“They don’t get off their bums and get out and have a look.”

Indigo manager of civil operations Ron Sneddon said council workers had inspected the roads on Friday and a work order has been lodged.

Major patching works at Gundowring had already been prioritised within the budget.

He said the council published its road management plan online and had a monthly forum so ratepayers could voice their concerns.

Mayor Bernard Gaffney said the council had enough money to maintain roads to an “acceptable standard”.

“We’ve got over a 1000 kilometres which we maintain,” he said.

“We could always do with more money, but we’re coping with what we’ve got.”

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