Pothole near Stratford filled

A large pothole on the Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale, which had been causing headaches for motorists is now filled. Photos: Stefan Bradley

Stefan Bradley

[Originally published April 12 2022.]

A large pothole on the Princes Highway near Stratford has been repaired after causing problems for motorists.

The pothole, located six kilometres east of Stratford, appeared on Sunday, April 3 and was repaired the same day.

In a statement to the Gippsland Times, the Department of Transport said that the pothole was reported at 3pm on the Sunday, with their crews repairing the hazard by 4.30pm.

Regional Director (Gippsland) of the Department of Transport (DoT), Beth Liley thanked the community for their patience in the matter.

“Our crews are out every day, carrying out regular inspections of our roads to identify and repair hazards if and when they occur,” Ms Liley said.

“We’re delivering 265 individual road maintenance projects across the region, thanks to an investment of more than $37 million in Gippsland’s roads.”

Members of the community reported that multiple vehicles had been damaged by the pothole, with some requiring roadside assistance.

Potholes can occur when water gets onto the pavement structure, weakening the material which is then further damaged by traffic.

Record levels of rainfall across Gippsland in the past six months – 200mm falling in some areas last week alone – have increased the number of potholes which occur on the network.

DoT’s annual surfacing program aims to strengthen surfaces and prevent the likelihood of potholes.

DoT said that between September 2021 to February 1 this year, more than 100 individual road maintenance projects had been completed across Gippsland, with almost 100 kilometres of repairs and rebuilding works now complete.

A further 165 projects across 120 kilometres of roads will be delivered between now and June this year.

If members of the community encounter any hazards on the roads, including potholes, the DoT encourages them to call the dedicated Regional Roads Victoria hotline on 133 778.

Wednesday April 6. Pothole on Princes Highway between Stratford and Bairnsdale, now filled. Photo: Stefan Bradley