MITCHELL Shire Council is continuing to invest heavily in improving the quality of local roads, with $1.5 million allocated to re-sheet more than 45km of unsealed roads in 2018/19 – double the allocation of last year.
The 2018/19 re-sheeting program will begin soon, with 65 stretches of road scheduled for improvements across the shire including in Broadford, Kilmore, Glenaroua, Glenhope, Hilldene, Mangalore, Mia Mia, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, Tyaak, Willowmavin and Whiteheads Creek.
Re-sheeting involves preparing the existing road surface, clearing culverts and drains, resurfacing the road with crushed rock material, grading, watering and rolling to compact the road surface.
All unsealed roads in the shire were recently assessed, with those in the poorest condition prioritised for works in the 2018/19 program.
Depending on the degree of use and the type of traffic, unsealed roads can require re-sheeting between 5 and 20 years, this makes the unsealed roads assessments an integral tool to determine the priorities.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said re-sheeting was a critical part of Council’s annual roads and infrastructure program.
“We have a large unsealed road network of about 715km and the re-sheeting program is an important way to improve the condition of our unsealed road surfaces in conjunction with our routine maintenance works such as grading and drainage,” Cr Sanderson said.
“We know roads and road quality are really important to our community and, as such, we have made significant investments through our annual budget, as well as lobbying hard for external funding, to improve our local roads.
“The re-sheeting program is a fantastic example of our commitment to improving local roads for our community – last year we spent $750,000, but this year we have doubled that to $1.5 million.”
The re-sheeting works are expected to begin in September, depending on weather conditions.
For a full list of roads to be re-sheeted this year, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.