THE damage bill for severe defects on VicRoads-managed roads in Warrnambool has been estimated at $15 million by an independent engineer.
A Warrnambool City Council-commissioned report has found 1500 defects within the municipality, with 31 identified as severe and in need of repair within 12 months.
As exclusively revealed by The Standard last week, the council is seeking $300 million from the state government to improve the Princes Highway west of Colac.
The council’s infrastructure director Scott Cavanagh said the report found a number of the defects were on Raglan Parade.
“Warrnambool City Council is asking VicRoads and the state government to look at this issue seriously and look at investing in the roads with the most significant safety issues,” he said.
“There was about $15 million worth of urgent items found in the report.”
Engineer consultant Glenn Riddell compiled the report after completing a photographic survey of all arterial roads.
“There was about 1200 photographs and they were the worst defects,” he said.
“We put a list together of 31 sites that need rehabilitation sometime within the next 12 months. We estimate that would be about $15 million worth of work, which is quite significant. It would certainly be a benefit to the municipality to get the funds to do that work. If I did this report in another 5 years time, there would be another $15 million worth of work to be done.”