Di­vi­sion pre­pares roads for fire sea­son

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Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria is do­ing its part to en­sure the safety of Be­nalla’s driv­ers dur­ing the fire-dan­ger pe­riod.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria north­east­ern re­gional di­rec­tor Nicki Kyr­i­akou said a rig­or­ous an­nual pro­gram of road­side main­te­nance and in­spec­tions played a vi­tal role in pre­par­ing for the 2018 firedan­ger pe­riod, which came into ef­fect across much of the re­gion in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘Our role is to sup­port emer­gency ser­vices by co-or­di­nat­ing traf­fic man­age­ment and de­tours through­out the course of any emer­gency and as­so­ci­ated re­cov­ery pe­riod,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

‘‘We then share this in­for­ma­tion with the com­mu­nity through re­gional me­dia net­works, VicTraf­fic and our so­cial me­dia plat­forms.’’

To en­sure that de­tour routes re­main safe for use, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing pe­ri­ods of in­creased fire dan­ger, Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria un­der­takes a num­ber of assess- ments in­clud­ing ex­am­i­na­tions of road sur­faces, road­side re­serves and other sur­round­ing in­fras­truc­ture.

‘‘We want to en­sure that if there is an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, peo­ple are able to leave an af­fected area quickly and safely,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria staff have been out on the re­gion’s 4000 km net­work en­sur­ing that de­tour routes are safe and clear of ob­sta­cles, along with con­duct­ing an ex­ten­sive road­side mow­ing pro­gram across the re­gion’s ar­te­rial roads.

‘‘Our staff also work along­side ar­borists to assess road­side trees and de­ter­mine whether they could fall and block de­tour routes in the event of a fire,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

‘‘Other mit­i­ga­tion works in­clude road­side weed spray­ing, in­spect­ing static de­tour sig­nage and other rou­tine main­te­nance.’’

Emer­gency man­age­ment prepa­ra­tion is a year-round process for Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria’s north-east­ern re­gion to en­sure staff are pre­pared for any emer­gency sit­u­a­tion that may arise.

‘‘We also work closely with the CFA, Vic­to­ria Po­lice and the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Plan­ning and Wa­ter to assess lev­els of risk and co­or­di­nate our mit­i­ga­tion works,’’ Ms Kyr­i­akou said.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria also plays a role in the fol­low-up to any emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, as­sess­ing and re­pair­ing af­fected road in­fras­truc­ture to en­sure the net­work is safe for all road users.

To find out more about works un­der way or planned in your area, visit re­gion­al­roads.vic.gov.au

Keep up-to-date with road de­tours and clo­sures dur­ing an emer­gency via traf­fic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or down­load the VicTraf­fic app.

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Be on alert: Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria is ask­ing the pub­lic to be wary of how this year’s Fire Dan­ger Pe­riod will af­fect the north east’s roads.

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