Council seals deal on roads
$1.5m to re-sheet unsealed surfaces in district
UNSEALED roads in Mia Mia, Pyalong and Tooborac are set for a facelift after Mitchell Shire Council allocated $1.5 million to re-sheet local roads.
Re-sheeting involves preparing the existing road surface, clearing culverts and drains, resurfacing the road with crushed rock material, grading, watering and rolling to compact the road surface.
All unsealed roads in the shire were recently assessed, with those in the poorest condition prioritised for works in the 2018/19 program. Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said depending on the degree of use and the type of traffic, unsealed roads can require re-sheeting in between five and 20 years, meaning the assessments are an integral tool in determining where the priorities lie.
‘‘We have a large unsealed road network of about 715km and the re-sheeting program is an important way to improve the condition of our unsealed road surfaces in conjunction with our routine maintenance works such as grading and drainage,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘We know roads and road quality are really important to our community and, as such, we have made significant investments through our annual budget, as well as lobbying hard for external funding, to improve our local roads.
‘‘The re-sheeting program is a fantastic example of our commitment to improving local roads for our community — last year we spent $750,000, but this year we have doubled that to $1.5m.’’
The re-sheeting works are expected to begin in September, depending on weather conditions.
For a full list of roads to be re-sheeted this year, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson.