MOTORISTS in North-West Victoria have vented frustration at the years of neglect and lack of infrastructure spent on the region's road network ahead of a meeting with the state's road authority.
Dozens of local residents are expected to attend a meeting with VicRoads senior officials, including chief executive John Merritt, in Swan Hill on Wednesday, voicing their angst at the "poor" condition of rural roads.
Ahead of the meeting, VicRoads invited people to engage online with an interactive map where locals could pinpoint what roads, highways and arterials needed the most attention.
Lisa Findlay said the "busy and hazardous" section of Murray Valley Highway between Swan Hill and Lake Boga needed overtaking lanes.
"Some people often become impatient to overtake and rush when doing so which is creating a higher accident risk," Ms Findlay said.
Mark Rowlands said roads, such as the Robinvale-Sea Lake Road, needed to be wider because of the increased volume of trucks at all hours of the day.
"They not only take up a lot of room, especially on corners, but they are also damaging the road edges which cause bad drop-offs for unsuspecting car drivers," he said.
"Not the fault of the truck drivers, but the roads need to cater for the traffic and we all know this has changed considerably in the last 10 years."
Meanwhile, Goodie Hiensch urged the road authority to "stop the cosmetic crap."
"Even in the smaller rural towns in the area, I'm pretty sure we pay our way on the roads, rates, fuel and registration, so what's the hold up," Mr Hiensch said.
Mr Merritt said reducing country road trauma and improving road maintenance were important issues right across the state.
"Here in the North-West we've also got our most productive horticultural region and we need to understand how that's changing and growing so we can ensure our infrastructure will support that growth," Mr Merritt said.
VICROADS COMMUNITY FORUM
Wednesday, July 26
Swan Hill Town Hall, 5.30-7.30pm
Join in at engage.vicroads.vic.gov.au and search for Country Roads. Pinpoint your issues on the interactive map.