VICROADS has completed 64km of roadworks around northern Victoria ahead of winter.
Brian Westley, VicRoads regional director northern, said this year’s $6 million investment for slurry sealing works is an increase on the previous $500,000 annual allocation.
“We’ve been able to do much more to upgrade our roads this season with this unprecedented increase in funding,” he said.
“We know how important the roads in the northern region are to industry and locals, that’s why our crews worked hard over summer to deliver safer and more reliable journeys.”
Mr Westley said the works, carried out in locations including Heathcote and Lancefield fixed issues created by wear and tear on the roads.
A slurry seal is used where the existing road surface is in reasonable condition but is rough to drive over or has rutting (grooves or dents) in the wheel paths.
Water may pool when it rains in worn areas making it slippery and dangerous for motorists. Slurry sealing smooths the bumps and removes ruts making it safer for motorists during wet weather.
The sealing also prepares the road surface for a new spray seal within 12-18 months.