VICROADS has confirmed it expects funding for road repairs in the south-west will be less than the previous two financial years.
It follows concerns that the State Government will cut 450 VicRoads jobs this year, resulting in cutbacks on road maintenance.
Major arterial and local roads throughout the lower south-west are already crumbling through recent wet weather and increase traffic volumes, particularly from heavy transports carrying freight to and from the Port of Portland.
The road authority’s south-western regional director William Tieppo said VicRoads undertakes interim pothole repairs as quickly as possible to ensure roads were safe.
But he said the arterial road network in the south west was “not designed to carry modern freight vehicles at the volumes now being encountered in the region”.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.