ON THE first Saturday of every month, a cloud of pale dust develops above the Benjeroop-Tresco Road as hundreds of people make their way to and from the Murrabit Market.
Many locals avoid the bone-shaking 11km shortcut along the stretch of dirt road, instead choosing the 18km-longer sealed alternative, via Lake Charm.
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Murrabit mechanic Shane Dwyer said he used the Benjeroop-Tresco Rd at least five or six times a week.
"I seem to do a lot of repairs on shock absorbers and the suspension of vehicles," he said. "It just rattles your car to death."
Mr Dwyer and longtime Murrabit resident Doug Fletcher agreed spreading a thick layer of coarse gravel over the stony, corrugated surface would be a good stop-gap measure until the Gannawarra Shire Council could find the funds to seal it.
Mr Fletcher said recent roadworks meant the road was in its best state for a long time, but it would not take much wet weather to "bugger it up".
Benjeroop lucerne grower Danny Nethercote said the road was not up to scratch, considering the number of vehicles using it. He said he was aware of the council's previous unsuccessful attempts to get Federal Government funding to improve the road.
Pam Rix, who has lived on a small property at Benjeroop since 1984, has lobbied the council and the State Government.
Mrs Rix said the road had been improved in the past couple of years and it appeared the council would seal another 2km this financial year.
"You can use it now when it rains," she said. "But it does get very corrugated very quickly."
Gannawarra chief executive officer Rosanne Kava said the latest traffic count found Benjeroop-Tresco Road was used by 152 vehicles per day, and 10 per cent of those were larger commercial vehicles.