Rural Marlborough residents are frustrated waiting for the region's roading contractor to repair their roads.
But Marlborough Roads manager Frank Porter said mother nature had caused $1.7 million of damage to the region's roads since July this year.
People needed to have patience and drive safely until the roads were repaired, he said.
The North Bank and Onamalutu Valley roads in the Wairau Valley and roads in Rai Valley were areas discussed as in urgent need of repair by Marlborough Federated Farmers on Thursday.
Brian Powell of Renwick drove up the North Bank Rd every day to work on his sons' vineyard in Fabians Valley and said he was clearing the road of debris "every other day".
"The roads are a mess, anywhere there's a little slip, there's a cone.
"There are cones from one end of the road to the other, why don't they just clean it up properly?"
Of particular concern was the stretch of the North Bank Rd that was washed away in the Boxing Day floods in 2010 and still had not been repaired.
The Wairau River ran hard against the bank below the road, which had a steep bank above it.
The road had been reduced to a single lane, and the water table had been altered in an attempt to widen the road which meant debris fell directly on the road, rather than into the water table, he said.
"I'm stopping every other day, pushing rocks off the road," Mr Powell said.
Mr Porter said negotiations with the landowner had to be worked through before they could widen the road.
They had had discussions with geo-technical and river consultants, and had had access to the land to carry out the survey work required to build the road.
Mr Porter said $250,000 had been set aside to do the work and they were keen to start as soon as an agreement with the landowners was reached.
"It's just a process we have to go through and we are trying to do that as quickly as possible so we can start the work," he said.
Marlborough Roads has been in discussion with bus drivers, forestry workers and residents, as well as doing soil testing and topographical mapping and are confident there is no danger to road users.
Mr Porter said that if people had concerns about the safety condition on the roads, they should get in touch with Marlborough Roads.
- The Marlborough Express