Coun­cil seals deal on roads

$1.5m to re-sheet un­sealed sur­faces in district

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

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.

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