Friday, March 1, 2024

$50m investment to fill NSW pothole problem

The NSW Government has today announced it will invest $50 million to help regional and rural councils fix an increasing number of potholes brought about by this year’s extreme wet weather.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway said under the new Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round, councils can apply for funding to help them address their highest priority pothole repairs.

“NSW has had more than its fair share of natural disasters and extreme weather and it’s promising to see that more than 135,000 potholes have been repaired on State roads in regional NSW since February,” Mr Farraway said.

“However, plenty more potholes still require attention, particularly on council-managed roads, which is why our Government is putting more money on the table for councils to repair potholes on the roads regional communities use every day.”

The funding is available to help every regional council across the state to carry out emergency repairs and would fix roughly more than 420,000 potholes on their roads, the Minister said.

“This additional support will help ease the pressure local councils are facing and boost the resources they can draw upon to repair their most damaged roads to improve safety and reduce wear and tear on vehicles,”‘ he said.

Funding under the Fixing Local Roads Pothole Repair Round is available to 95 regional councils and authorities. Work must be completed by 1 January 2024.

Applications for funding are open for two weeks from today.

Latest Articles