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Road works to fill potholes (temporary repairs) and longer-term road repairs such as heavy patching (section repairs) or road renewals (whole road rehabilitation) continue this week.   Some of the road works include:

  • Berkeley Vale (potholes)
  • Chain Valley Bay, The Link Rd (road grading)
  • Copacabana (potholes)
  • Ettalong (potholes)
  • Ettalong Beach, Barrenjoey Rd  (road rehabilitation)
  • Gorokan, Dudley St (heavy patching)
  • Gosford (potholes)
  • Green Point (potholes)
  • Gunderman, Wisemans Ferry Rd (potholes)
  • Kulnura, Greta Rd (heavy patching)
  • Kulnura, Parana Rd, Williams Rd and Yorkies water road (road grading) 
  • Macmasters Beach (potholes)
  • Mangrove, Parukala Rd (road grading) 
  • Mannering Park (potholes) 
  • North Gosford (potholes) 
  • Ourimbah, Ourimbah Creek Rd (heavy patching)
  • Ourimbah (potholes)
  • Ourimbah, Glen Rd (pavement works)
  • Somersby, Wisemans Ferry Rd (heavy patching)
  • Spencer, Ingola Rd (road grading)
  • St Huberts Island (potholes)
  • Toowoon Bay, Toowoon Bay Rd (heavy patching)
  • Tuggerawong, Tuggerawong Rd (road rehabilitation)
  • Tumbi Umbi, Ridgway Rd (road rehabilitation)

In addition, road shoulder maintenance works are being undertaken in Mangrove Mountain (Blood Tree Rd), Somersby (Hoipo Rd), Tumbi Umbi (The Ridgeway) and Yarramalong (Yarramalong Rd).

REPORTING ISSUES: Report any specific maintenance or safety concerns to Council online or by calling 4306 7900 during business hours.


How are repair works prioritised? 
Road repairs are prioritised by level of risk and traffic volumes, with higher traffic roads generally requiring attention first.

For workflow and cost efficiencies, repair work may be undertaken on several roads in the same suburb around a priority site.

Scheduling of road repairs requires a flexible approach as new issues can be identified or reported at any time, and weather can impact which works are able to be carried out – which is why plans are adjusted each week.

Why are there so many potholes?
As the road pavement naturally ages, cracks occur in the surface. Moisture and water seeps through these cracks into the base material beneath the road pavement. The vibration and/or the weight of the traffic causes this wet base material to settle or shift, forming a cavity. With nothing under the road surface to support it, the pavement will fall away creating a pothole.

During 2022, an influx of potholes, deterioration of the road network and landslips occurred due to the continuous wet weather and multiple natural disasters experienced across the Central Coast region. In an endeavour to ensure the road network is fit for purpose, Council allocated, and continues to provide, additional resources to inspect, investigate and undertake repairs or schedule future works.

What is Council doing to manage and prevent potholes? 
Council has short, medium, and long-term strategies to manage and prevent potholes.

Pothole patching is a temporary solution to reduce safety hazards, and used to isolated defects in the road network.  It is also the only solution that can be underway during wet weather. These types of repairs are designed to ensure it is kept safe for traffic until such time as a more permanent restoration or resurfacing can occur.

During dry weather more permanent pothole repairs and other solutions can be applied. Heavy patch repairs provide a medium-term solution where a section of the road is treated.

For the longer term, renewal works are undertaken which include rehabilitation and resurfacing of the pavement. Upgrade works, which include street drainage, kerb and gutter and new road pavement can also be undertaken however it is costly and creates new infrastructure adding to future maintenance.


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