They've stood stoically for decades as traffic lights, roundabouts and median strips have sprung up around them.
But the days of Griffith’s silent cops – those round hunks of metal in the middle of a host of local intersections – look numbered.
Council is about to launch an audit of the much-maligned traffic snarls, which will likely result in their removal.
A throwback to a time when police directed traffic at dangerous intersections, the silent cops have long infuriated residents, ripping through sumps of cars and forcing drivers to make wide, sweeping turns.
At some of them – like the one at the corner of Kookora and Noorla streets – local residents say many drivers have become so frustrated with the inconvenience they’ve taken to cutting inside the structures.
Local mechanic and Griffith Custom and Classic Car Club president Greg Salvestro said the silent cops had “well and truly” reached their used-by date.
“They used to be an indicator for learner drivers to keep over the centrepoint of the road but their time has passed,” Mr Salvestro said.
“A lot of vehicles are so low now that if the silent cops collect any part of the underbody, they can do irreparable damage.”
Griffith council watchdog Lance Perry raised the issue at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
“They’re obsolete, they should be gone,” Mr Perry said.
“They’re great lumps of steel in the middle of the road and they’re a hazard.
“Ninety per cent of them have been taken out, they just need to get the other ten per cent.
“I don’t see why we need an audit – we just need to get a bloody crow bar and they’ll be gone.”
Council acting director of infrastructure and operations Shree Shrestha said an audit would commence in the coming weeks.
Chairman of council’s traffic committee Cr Doug Curran said if the silent cops were found to be dangerous, they should be removed.
“They’re completely outdated and don’t serve a purpose,” he said.
“When intersections are done up, they are removed.
“But if they’re causing no harm, there shouldn’t be any urgency to remove them.”