Tree action on Midland Highway
RESIDENTS of the Cambridge Estate area have had some progress regarding the trees lining the Midland Highway between Fords Creek and Sovereign Court (Mansfield Courier, January 15).
Around New Year’s Day a large 30 centimetre limb fell, narrowly missing the carriageway.
The t r ees i n t his area branch out over the road and could cause serious injury if they fell on a passing vehicle or pedestrian.
Bryan Sherritt, VicRoads regional director - north eastern, has replied to the Mansfield Courier article.
He outlined that VicRoads undertakes regular inspections of the arterial road network.
“Any roadside hazards identified are addressed to ensure potential dangers are removed for road users, which may involve maintaining roadside vegetation and clearing overhanging branches,” he said.
“Roads are inspected for the purposes of road safety and trees and limbs are removed or pruned if they are identified as posing a safety risk to road users.
“Trees along the Midland Highway, Mansfield, between Fords Creek and Sovereign Court, have been inspected and some limbs less than five metres above the road will be trimmed over the coming weeks.”
Mr Sherritt said VicRoads is committed to providing safe conditions for all road users and actively encourages road users to notify VicRoads of hazardous road conditions they may observe, this includes roadside trees.
Road hazards should be reported by calling VicRoads on 131170.
WORK TO START: The trees encroaching on the Midland Highway just out of town have been assessed and will be trimmed.