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Published Monday 3 September 2018
Tags:General, Media Release

Council doubles its spend on improving unsealed roads to $1.5 million

Mitchell Shire Council is continuing to invest heavily in improving the quality of local roads, with $1.5 million allocated to re-sheet more than 45km of unsealed roads in 2018/19 – double the allocation of last year.

The 2018/19 re-sheeting program will begin soon, with 65 stretches of road scheduled for improvements across the shire including in Broadford, Kilmore, Glenaroua, Glenhope, Hilldene, Mangalore, Mia Mia, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Tallarook, Tooborac, Tyaak, Willowmavin and Whiteheads Creek.

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.

Depending on the degree of use and the type of traffic, unsealed roads can require re-sheeting between 5 and 20 years, this makes the unsealed roads assessments an integral tool to determine the priorities.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said re-sheeting was a critical part of Council’s annual roads and infrastructure program.

“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 $1.5 million.”

The re-sheeting works are expected to begin in September, depending on weather conditions.

2018/19 re-sheeting program - top 10 largest projects

  • Bassett Lane, Hilldene
  • Babbidges Lane, Mia Mia
  • Franklins Road, Glenhope
  • McGintys Lane, Glenaroua
  • Jeffreys Lane, Broadford
  • Freddys Lane, Pyalong
  • Breens Road, Tallarook
  • Three Chain Road, Broadford
  • Lemarne Road, Broadford
  • McHargs Road, Willowmavin

All roads being re-sheeted:

Arrowsmith Street

Beveridge

Babbidges Lane

Mia Mia

Basin Hill Road

Pyalong

Bassett Lane

Hilldene

Bluetop Road

Tarcombe

Bowers Road

Kilmore

Box Forest Road

Broadford

Breens Road

Tallarook

Browns Lane

Mangalore

Burges Lane

Broadford

Burgess Road

Kilmore

Davidson Street Pt 2

Broadford

Dwyers Road

Sugarloaf Creek

Forest Road

Northwood

Franklins Road

Glenhope

Freddys Lane

Pyalong

Hanna Street Pt 2

Seymour

Hawkes Road

Tooborac

Horans Track

Reedy Creek

Irvine Lane

Broadford

Jeffreys Lane

Broadford

Jeffreys Lane

Tarcombe

Kennys Lane

Tooborac

Leahys Road

Tallarook

Lemarne Road

Broadford

Lords Road

Upper Plenty

Maynes Lane

Glenhope East

Mcgintys Lane

Glenaroua

McHargs Road

Willowmavin

Mollison Street

Broadford

Peel Road 2

Reedy Creek

Redgum Road

Broadford

Reedy Creek Road

Tyaak

Reg Walters Drive

Pyalong

Rosella Drive

Mangalore

Rowes Lane

Wallan

Rungers Lane

Tooborac

Searles Lane

Reedy Creek

Sutherland Road

Broadford

Taits Road

Clonbinane

Telegraph Road

Seymour

The Parade

Broadford

Three Chain Road

Moranding

Three Chain Road

Broadford

Wine Shanty Lane

Whiteheads Creek

This page was last updated on 22 February 2019.