Coun­try Vic­to­rian bus op­er­a­tors, along with other in­dus­tries and all driv­ers, will have un­prece­dented ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion of coun­try roads, road works and up­grades as part of a mas­sive over­haul of the way VicRoads man­ages the road ne

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Coun­try Vic­to­rian bus op­er­a­tors, along with other in­dus­tries and all driv­ers, will have un­prece­dented ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion of coun­try roads, road works and up­grades as part of a mas­sive over­haul of the way VicRoads man­ages the road net­work. Ac­cord­ing to the The Coun­try Roads, Your in­sights, Our Ac­tions re­port, based on the feed­back from 11,000 Vic­to­ri­ans, 700 stake­hold­ers and 30 coun­cils, Vic­to­ri­ans will 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, after greater calls for trans­parency about road con­di­tions and the work VicRoads is un­der­tak­ing.

“We’re in­vest­ing more than ever be­fore to mod­ernise the state’s road net­work, keep peo­ple in­formed and keep peo­ple safe,” Min­is­ter for Roads and Road Safety Luke Don­nel­lan says.

“We’ve dou­bled spend­ing on road main­te­nance since com­ing to of­fice and this mas­sive over­haul of the way VicRoads does busi­ness will make sure coun­try com­mu­ni­ties get the road work they need.”

The re­port says a new in­ter­na­tional star rat­ing tool will be rolled out, start­ing with the 20 most dan­ger­ous coun­try roads, which will help in­form fu­ture safety in­vest­ments and en­cour­age peo­ple to drive to lo­cal road con­di­tions.

More than 850 kilo­me­tres of de­te­ri­o­rat­ing roads in re­gional Vic­to­ria are now be­ing re­built due to a $260 mil­lion main­te­nance boost from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment in 2017.

Other key ini­tia­tives to mod­ernise the net­work in­clude a new ap­proach to pri­ori­tis­ing road up­grades that con­sid­ers eco­nomic ben­e­fits and re­gional pri­or­i­ties, as well as a review of road sig­nage across the state.

The com­mu­nity feed­back is also in­form­ing Trans­port for Vic­to­ria’s de­vel­op­ment of a re­gional roads strat­egy.

“Coun­try Roads sums up what VicRoads heard and saw across coun­try Vic­to­ria – it sets out a bold plan of ac­tion to re­build our re­gional road net­work to sup­port a new era of re­gional pros­per­ity,” VicRoads chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­ritt says. “Peo­ple have told us loud and clear: fix the roads that need fix­ing be­cause they are our life­lines – and that is ex­actly what we’ll do.”

Above: Vic­to­ri­ans will be able to log on to a new dig­i­tal dash­board on the VicRoads web­site

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