Some of Wagga's worst pothole-plagued roads could become a problem for the state government to fix as the city's council looks to transfer the burden.
It was unanimously supported at Monday night's council meeting to request that 10 council roads be reclassified, which millions of the ratepayers' dime are spent maintaining after falling into disrepair, largely due to trucks driving through.
Wagga council's operations director Warren Faulkner said part of the proposal looks to transfer responsibility of Eunony Bridge Road, including the bridge itself, to the state after only reopening to traffic earlier this month following a $10.6 million upgrade.
Mr Faulkner said the likes of Pearson Street, Glenfield, Holbrook and Byrnes roads could be reclassified to regional roads. This means the RMS will be required to provide contributions to help the council maintain the infrastructure.
To make the deal more appealing, Mr Faulkner said the council will propose to take back ownership of Bourke and Docker streets.
"It's fundamentally to line-up how our freight routes should operate in the future and associated with that is financial restraints where we will no longer need to maintain those roads that are state roads and we will receive a contribution from the state government for regional roads," he said.
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Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said the Eunony Bridge Road is "quite popular" with trucks and heavy vehicles, and one only has to look back to the number of vehicles diverted into the city when the bridge was closed for upgrades.
"If there is more and more traffic then we believe the state government has a larger role to play in that," he said.
The reclassification of roads has come as part of a state government initiative promising to transfer 15,000 kilometres of roadways from local to state significant roads in a way to ease financial burdens on local government areas.