THE damaged road surface near a pedestrian refuge on the Great Western Highway poses a potentially lethal trip hazard, says one nearby resident.
Stuart Driver addressed this week's Bathurst Regional Council meeting to air his concerns over the hazard at the intersection of Stewart and Russell streets.
He told councillors people had previously raised the matter with council staff who, correctly, told them the road - as part of the highway - came under the responsibility of Roads and Maritime Services.
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But Mr Driver said he was raising the issue again in the hope council might add its weight to representations to the RMS to have the surface repaired.
"At the intersection ... the sub-surface of the road has collapsed and caused a significant and quite dangerous trip hazard," Mr Driver said.
"It would be quite easy at this stage, and especially at dusk, for a pedestrian to trip on the rising mound and actually fall into oncoming traffic.
"I believe, appropriately, that council staff have guided people to refer the matter to the RMS but individuals are not getting any success and, for that matter, nor did I.
"Perhaps council could represent the residents of Bathurst and approach the RMS to have this bit of roadway urgently repaired."
Engineering services director Darren Sturgiss confirmed at Wednesday night's council meeting that staff had previously raised the matter with the RMS but had been given no timeframe for the repairs to begin.
Mr Sturgiss said council would contact the RMS again - and with some success, it seems.
A spokesperson for Transport for NSW told the Western Advocate late on Friday that crews had been down to inspect the road surface earlier in the day.
"The safety of all road users is Transport for NSW's top priority," the spokesperson said.
"Transport for NSW inspected the site today to assess the damage and repair work is scheduled for next week, weather permitting."