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Road rage

MOTORISTS are fed up with roads riddled with potholes and bone-jarring corrugations, and have called on South Gippsland Shire Council to act.
Residents of Clancys Road at Korumburra said the state of their road risks their safety and their vehicles.
Ratepayers of Henrys Road between Nyora and Loch also raised their concerns about the risk of an accident occurring on their busy road.
Drivers battled potholes and a rough surface on Buffalo-Waratah Road between Buffalo and Tarwin Lower for the past six weeks. There were deep potholes every few metres before council graded it last Friday.
Clancys Road residents urged council to fund roadworks during 2018-19 when they addressed council during last Wednesday’s budget submissions meeting.
Resident Roger Wittingslow said Clancys Road was “downright dangerous” and the worst road he had seen in the shire. He said people were concerned they would run off the road due to extreme corrugations and said cars were being damaged by the state of the road.
“Our preference would be for it to be sealed but at the minimum you have got to get rid of that surface,” he said, adding dust enters the tankwater of residents and wondered if there was a link between the dust and high incidence of cancer among Clancys Road residents.
Many young drivers risk their safety by driving at 100km/h, he said, despite cyclists, walkers, tractors and trucks sharing the road with car drivers.
He said traffic is diverted along Clancys Road when accidents occur at Jumbunna and Silkstone, just past Coal Creek Community Park and Museum.
Resident Sharon Turton is worried about the safety of school children on the bus that uses the road. Her budget submission was supported by 48 people. Resident, Bruce Mackin, said council had a duty of care to address the dust situation. Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said she understood speeding had contributed to ruts in the road.
Also at last Wednesday’s budget submission, residents of Henrys Road, Robert Hicks and Graeme Campbell, told of corrugations so extreme, Mr Hicks would not be surprised if a car door fell off. The road has blind corners, narrow pavement and limited sight distance over steep hills. They asked council to seal the road from the Nyora township to South Gippsland Highway.
Mr Hicks said the road was narrow at a crest, which increased the risk of a collision, and school children had to climb up the roadside to avoid oncoming traffic.
Mr Campbell added, “It is downright dangerous and an accident waiting to happen.”
Council will consider the Clancys Road and Henrys Road projects for inclusion in the budget at a council meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).

Dangerous drive: Fish Creek residents Bruce Hammet and Graeme Cope were devastated Buffalo-Waratah Road reached the poor state it was in last week.

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