POTHOLING: Some of the potholes that formed part of the South golden Beach streetscape until recently. Photo Contributed
POTHOLING: Some of the potholes that formed part of the South golden Beach streetscape until recently. Photo Contributed Contributed

Help us create a list of the most potholed local roads

IT'S that time of the year again when after a fairly long spring dry spell, the rain starts to pour down consistently - and the toll on our local road system is inevitable.

The quality of our bumpy local roads on the Northern Rivers has been an ongoing issue for locals since cars were invented.

High levels of rainfall and hilly terrain of the region makes for a tough and permanent struggle for cash-strapped local councils to get on top of.

Don't ever forget about Upper Coopers Creek residents in Byron Shire - whose remote rainforest paradise became a kind of prison for several months in 2013 when a massive landslip occurred along one of the narrowest sections of the only road in and out of the hamlet.

While disasters like these happen from time to time, the problem of potholes is an ever annoying thorn in the side of local motorists.

A bad run over a pothole can cause flat tyres, but also damaged rims, bent suspension components, and putting out the vehicle's wheel alignment.

There was the case of Bettina Ryan from McKee's Hill who tried to bill Lismore City Council for $2000 worth of damage to her Suzuki hatchback after driving over a pothole she dubbed "Gigantor" on Coraki Rd.

 

Bettina Ryan damaged her car when she hit a pothole along Coraki Road South Gunderimba, at base of MacMahons Road South Gunderimba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
Bettina Ryan damaged her car when she hit a pothole along Coraki Road South Gunderimba, at base of MacMahons Road South Gunderimba. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Last month locals living near a newly sealed regional road - Bentley Rd between Lismore and Kyogle, which became potholed just days after a complete reseal was completed worth almost $1 million - complained to The Northern Star about it and presented documented evidence of the damage.

 

NEW POTHOLES: They have opened up on a section of Lismore-Kyogle Rd just a few days after Lismore City Council relaid the road
NEW POTHOLES: They have opened up on a section of Lismore-Kyogle Rd just a few days after Lismore City Council relaid the road Hamish Broome / The Northern Sta

Attempted "solutions" to the problem include the creation of the Lismore Pothole Page on Facebook in 2014, which has since attracted more than 1500 likes.

There was the outpouring of community support for "pothole artist" Roa Dart who illegally painted bright colours and art work on the region's potholes to warn passing motorists for three years until he hung up the spray cans in 2013.

The Northern Star wants to stay on top of the problem - and is asking local residents which roads are the worst in their council area.

Please let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.



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