Hazard reduction measures start on district roads
Regional Roads Victoria is doing its part to ensure the safety of north-east Victorians during the fire danger period.
RRV north-eastern regional director Nicki Kyriakou said a rigorous annual program of roadside maintenance and inspections played a vital role in preparing for the period, which came into effect across much of the region in October.
‘‘Our role is to support emergency services by coordinating traffic management and detours throughout the course of any emergency and associated recovery period,’’ she said.
‘‘We then share this information with the community through regional media networks, VicTraffic and our social media platforms.’’
To make sure detour routes are safe for use, particularly during periods of increased fire danger, RRV carries out assessments 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.
RRV staff have been out on the region’s 4000 km road network making sure detour routes are safe and clear of obstacles, along with completing 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 yearround process for RRV’s north-eastern region to make sure staff are prepared for any emergency situation.
‘‘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.
To find out more about works 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.