Tree ac­tion on Mid­land High­way

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By PETER HUNT

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.

PHOTO: Ken Rains­bury

WORK TO START: The trees en­croach­ing on the Mid­land High­way just out of town have been as­sessed and will be trimmed.

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