Division prepares roads for fire season
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.
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.