WHILE this week's heavy rainfall has been a welcome sight for all, it has come at a cost, with roads across the city, crumbling under the big wet.
Arterial roads including Durham Street, Eleven Mile Drive and Morrisset Street were among those affected by the recent rain, with council crews out doing repair jobs on Tuesday.
Darren Sturgiss, Director Engineering Services, Bathurst Regional Council said the potholes occur from cracks in the surface of the road, with water penetrating into the pavement below.
The pavement fails as a result of traffic passing over the weakened surface causing it to break out leaving the resulting pothole behind. .
He said the recent wet weather has resulted in a number of potholes forming.
Mr Sturgiss said it was difficult to say how many potholes council repairs every year.
"The number of potholes repaired annually changes dramatically from year to year, with climatic conditions playing a large role in this," he said.
Cr Warren Aubin said given the recent heavy rainfalls, he was not surprised to see new potholes.
"I reported a couple last week; one was right out the front of the tennis club (near the pedestrian island), I hit it and was straight on the phone and they've fixed it straight away.
Cr Aubin said if people come across a pothole, to report it to council.
Three years ago, Cr Aubin called on council to invest in a machine specifically designed to fix potholes, saying back in 2017, "throwing blue metal in a police and packing it down wasn't working."
Council chose not to purchase it. He said there could still be merit in purchasing equipment, although he said he would like to see any new technology first.
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