Des Mullins is convinced he lives on the "worst road in Wagga".
He and his family have resided on Elm Road in Lake Albert for the past 43 years, and in all that time, he says "the road has never been done".
"I wouldn't be lying if I said this is the worst road in Wagga," Mr Mullins said.
"We've been putting up with it for so long ,we're used to it.
"Every two or three weeks, they'll patch them [the potholes] up and fill the cracks, then water goes in and it just breaks away again."
After years of patchwork, Mr Mullins said, it has become "more pothole than road".
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Over last weekend, Mr Mullin's neighbour Stewart Graham measured a "bucketing down" of 7mm in less than half-an-hour.
Mr Graham said it "fell dramatically" even though there was little rain registered in neighbouring areas.
"Water streamed down our driveway onto the road," Mr Graham said.
Since buying his property in 1974, Mr Graham said he has seen the road only deteriorate with each passing vehicle or storm.
"The road was perfectly alright when we came [here], but it's not now," Mr Graham said.
"It gets patched up regularly, they're here all the time. You get sick of the patch-ups.
"The road needs to be rehashed. Even when they patch it though, it's not to the boundary of the road where the grass is growing over."
The road has an 80km speed limit, but both Mr Graham and Mr Mullins agree, only those who are happy to take their lives in their hands would venture that fast in any sort of vehicle.
"There's no way I'd drive that on this road," Mr Graham said.
"You feel every bit of it."
In the combined time the two families have lived on the street, they have seen more and more traffic come to the road.
"It's particularly dangerous for the bike riders, they used to come down here but they don't any more," Mr Mullins said.
"Buses come down this road and it's dangerous for the kids. There are a lot of families that have moved in now."
Now, the residents are calling for a complete upgrade to finally fix their "bad road".
"It's something I've been saying for years, they need to do a major upgrade on this road," Mr Mullins said.
Director of operations at Wagga City Council, Warren Faulkner said a full upgrade of the road was still on the table.
"Elm Road is one we're considering for next year under the Roads To Recovery program, so I can't say that we're definitely doing [the upgrade] but we are considering it for next year," Mr Faulkner said.
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In the meantime, council's crews of pothole patchers will continue to monitor the deterioration of the road.
"Those areas that are patched on patches are at the function of the rain. Water gets under it and brings it up, rain is good for the environment but rain is also the enemy of the road," Mr Faulkner said.
It is not the only problem road in the area, however, as residents of Inglewood Road and Mitchell Road continue to complain of a similar frequency in pothole production.
Mr Faulkner said this week that road rehabilitation is scheduled for the Bakers Lane to Inglewood Road intersection.
"As per previous advice provided in response to an enquiry from The Daily Advertiser on 5 January 2021,council is aware of the localised pavement defects along Inglewood Road, in particular near the intersection of Bakers Lane, and is still planning to undertake heavy patching to repair the pavement as part of its patching program for this financial year," Mr Faulkner said.
"The council crew currently undertaking rehabilitation works on Elizabeth Avenue will mobilise to undertake this work when finished at Elizabeth Avenue."
Four of the six problem spots on Elizabeth Avenue have been completed or commenced, and Mr Faulkner expects the road crew's attention will be able to turn to Inglewood Road by mid-to-late March.
Planned works for the Bakers Lane and Sturt Highway intersection have also been brought forward and will be funded in the 2021/22 financial year's works program.
The council has also commenced works on other high-traffic roads, including a $4.8 million rehabilitation of Lake Albert Road which began last year, and a $2 million undertaking on Kooringal Road to be completed this year.
Resealing works have also begun around the city, particularly on Gregory Crescent in Lake Albert, and Mr Faulkner said the council will be "focusing more on resealing in the future".
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