Mansfield Shire Council’s grading program saw 192km of unsealed roads graded between January and May, an increase of 11% or 19km more than for the same time last year.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Mark Holcombe said Council’s road network includes 580km of unsealed roads and the grading team is focused on continual efficiency improvements.
“That’s a lot of unsealed roads to grade. Our Field Services Roads Patrol team typically assigns nine staff to maintenance grading and road re-sheeting works. Their roles include operation of Council’s three graders, water carts and smooth drum rollers. The recent purchase of a third roller significantly improves productivity,” Cr Holcombe said.
“In the months to May you may have seen the team working on road maintenance grading and road re-sheeting on sections of Rifle Butts Road, Withers Lane, Howes Creek Road, Monkey Gully Road, Killarney Lane, and Howqua Track,” he said.
“The team is now working on drainage projects, road envelope clearing and sealed road shoulder grading over the wetter winter months until grading can recommence.”
Cr Holcombe said community feedback on road conditions, regular asset inspections, Council Engineering team and Field Services team feedback are all ways that Council ensures un-sealed roads are receiving the required maintenance to ensure ongoing safe conditions.