COUNTRY Victorians will have unprecedented access to information about the condition of country roads, road works and upgrades as part of a massive overhaul of VicRoads’ current management of the road network.
Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan joined VicRoads chief executive John Merritt recently to announce a bold plan of action based on the feedback from 11,000 Victorians, 700 stakeholders and 30 councils.
Victorians will now be able to log on to a digital dashboard on the VicRoads website to track progress on road upgrades, pot-hole repairs and other maintenance efforts.
A new international star rating tool will be rolled out (starting with the 20 most dangerous country roads) that will help inform future safety investments and encourage people to drive to local road conditions. Victorians have demanded greater transparency regarding road conditions and VicRoads’ activities, from roadside drainage to fixing pot-holes and providing safer overtaking opportunities.
The Country Roads — Your insights, Our Actions report also responded to the changing face of farming in Victoria, with a new harvest scheme and red tape removal giving oversized agricultural equipment greater access to the roads.
More than 850km of deteriorating roads in regional Victoria are now being rebuilt thanks to a $260 million maintenance boost from the government this year alone.
“This massive overhaul of the way VicRoads does business will make sure country communities get the road work they need,’’ Mr Donnellan said.