Artists have been taking to the blacktop to save our lives and our cars with markings such as these in Union St, Lismore.
Artists have been taking to the blacktop to save our lives and our cars with markings such as these in Union St, Lismore. Doug Eaton

Artists prevent pothole damage

THE thudding sound of a car’s suspension when a wheel drops into a cavernous pothole is all too familiar to motorists on the Northern Rivers.

But the people behind pothole art are saving lives and suspensions by alerting motorists to the worst of the holes.

The artwork first appeared on the Nimbin to Lismore road earlier this year, and has since been extended to locations across the Northern Rivers.

Designs have ranged from ornate rainbow serpents to simple circles, crosses and lines and warnings such as “bump” and “watch out”.

Overnight last week, warning signs reappeared on the rail crossing at Union St, South Lismore, as well as circles around holes on each tside of the railway crossing.

Someone has also painted arty circles with arrows around potholes on the Tintenbar Road, near the Tintenbar shops and markings have appeared at a number of locations on The Channon Road.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said she is concerned for the welfare of anyone responsible for the pothole art while they paint out the holes.

“I know a lot in the community are really grateful he is pointing out these pot holes,” Ms Dowell said.

Ms Dowell said drivers should drive to conditions and the council will do its best to mend the holes.

“We need more (clear days) to fill the potholes,” she said. “You can’t fill potholes when it is raining.”



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