APESMA has joined motorcyclists saying that grand prix fans will be at risk traveling on damaged roads to Phillip Island this weekend.
Riders familiar with the roads of South Gippsland say they are in poor condition, including the Bass Highway to Melbourne, with many rough patches that are dangerous to motorbike riders.
VicRoads spokesman Travers Purton said road inspections were carried out every year in the weeks leading up to the Phillip Island grand prix, with any rough patches smoothed over and potholes patched up. ''All this week maintenance crews will be constantly patrolling these roads and carrying out repairs as needed, providing weather conditions are suitable,'' Mr Purton said.
Representing VicRoads engineers, APESMA said recent budget cuts had left many roads in a poor state, with proper surface rehabilitation being replaced by patch jobs.
''Every road is suffering but the eastern region has been hit particularly hard by these cuts,'' said Bede Payne, Victorian director of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia.
''Pavement rehabilitation has dropped so low in this area it may as well be zero.
''Engineers are doing their best but they are operating with significantly reduced maintenance budgets.''
In the year to June, VicRoads resurfaced 12.7 million square metres of road in Victoria.
This financial year, it expects to resurface 5.1 million square metres, a reduction of 60 per cent.
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Grand prix fans at risk on damaged roads , Adam Carey, The Age, 24 October 2012.
APESMA warns of bumpy roads ahead due to road maintenance cuts , Clay Lucas, The Age, 20 August 2012.