FRUSTRATED drivers have aired concerns for the city's pothole-plagued roads that have left many swerving to dodge a sudden ditch.
Wagga's India Burden said the condition of the roads are "driving her insane" and the recent downpour of rain had not helped the situation.
Some of the areas riddled with potholes earlier this week included Bourke Street and Lake Albert, Red Hill and Kooringal roads, which have since been filled by Wagga City Council.
Miss Burden said she learned the hard way about the harsh hit to the hip-pocket that driving over a pothole could cause after her car was severely damaged.
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Although the incident happened outside of Wagga, she now constantly dodges any big dip in her path because it is not worth the damage, she said. But, Miss Burden said even this was dangerous.
"I learned from my experience ... I now need to dodge those big potholes because they will gobble up a car," she said. "But, I feel like I am going to be pulled over one day because I am all over the road trying to avoid them."
Wagga aluminium welder Ian Ladbury said his workload for repairing bent and cracked wheels comes and goes because people do not immediately realise the pothole has left behind damage.
At first driving over a pothole is like bruising to a wheel, Mr Ladbury said. He added that the alloy wheels do not like the tension and over a period of time they will eventually crack.
"A lot of people don't realise when they do hit a bump it damages the wheel. Only until later, the alloy wheel will crack near the damage," he said. "They think it's a puncture and go to the tyre service where they find out they have a crack and there's the damage."
Wagga council's operations director Warren Faulkner said they want to take proactive preventative maintenance to the road network. But the lack of money allocated means only 30 kilometres of road could be resealed each year for a 1200 kilometre network, he said.
"We have half the funding required for the sealing of our roads and so we are going to focus on how we can increase the funding allocated to that," he said.
Mr Faulkner said submissions will be made for two state programs for up to $5 million worth of work near the end of the year.
The likes of Dobney Avenue and Pearson and Copland streets will be among those roads submitted due to the high traffic volumes on these roads, which are ready to be fixed, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Faulkner said the council needs to be "strategically focused" on weatherproofing high trafficked areas. However, he said there is a high chance for potholes to reopen on roads with high traffic volumes.