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
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