Regional roads maintenance program 2023-24
Victoria’s road network is the lifeblood of communities, getting people and goods to where they need to go when they need to get there.
We know that roads play a particularly important role in regional and rural Victoria – they provide connections that our regional communities rely on each day.
Maintenance is vital for keeping the Victorian road network running smoothly and making sure road users can all move about efficiently.
The Victorian Government is delivering a new multi-year funding approach to road maintenance. This will enable Victoria to have a long-term road maintenance program and deliver works strategically across the state.
An extra $2.8 billion is being invested into maintaining Victoria’s roads over the next 10 years. This means that a minimum of $6.6 billion will be spent on road maintenance over the next decade.
Thanks to this investment, $770 million will be spent on road maintenance in the 2023-24 financial year. Road repairs following recent flooding is included in this financial year’s maintenance investment.
We’ve seen almost unprecedented levels of rainfall across Victoria in the past two years. Both 2021 and 2022 have been among the wettest in Victoria’s history, with record rainfalls impacting many areas of the state. More than 25 areas across the state received record high annual rainfall, while another 83 recorded their highest annual rainfall in 20 years.
When we have extended periods of above average rainfall like this, damage to our roads is inevitable. This is caused by water inundating the road surface and seeping into the road base, which then becomes unstable as traffic drives over the area, causing the road surface to crack and sink.
We know the state of Victoria’s roads continues to be a frustration for road users. The October 2022 floods had a significant impact on the condition of roads across the state, which has meant that we’ve had to reassess and reprioritise the way we deliver routine maintenance.
Potholes are continuing to open up after the major flooding incidents and increased rainfall, and these repairs will need to be our priority this maintenance season.
Major patching work will be a significant part of this year’s program. We’re prioritising these works on our most badly flood-damaged roads, as well as critical freight and travel routes, ensuring people and goods can stay on the move across Victoria.
Maintenance in your region
Find out what’s happening in your region during the 2023-24 maintenance season by clicking on your region below.
What do these works mean for you?
The majority of 2023-24 maintenance work will be carried out between now and May, when the warmer, dryer weather provides more suitable conditions for roadworks.
For us to safely deliver these vital repairs, we need all road users to drive to the road condition and travel responsibly through work sites to help keep all road users, road workers, yourself and your passengers safe.
Even after hours and over the weekends, when our crews are not on site, speed reductions and road signs will remain to ensure road users are aware of upcoming hazards on the work zone.
To plan your trip during the maintenance season, go https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ to learn about roadworks, hazards and disruptions.
As part of the 2023-24 maintenance season, we will be carrying out a vegetation management program across the Victorian road network.
Roadside vegetation management is an important part of keeping our roads safe for all users, as well as managing bushfire risks.
In this year’s vegetation management program, we’ve committed $7.5 million to mow and slash roadside grass across regional Victoria over the coming months.
DTP works closely with emergency services, including the Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victoria Police, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and councils to co-ordinate and prioritise vegetation management efforts in the highest risk areas.
To meet Road Management Plan 2021 obligations, we will be conducting the following vegetation management activities:
- Garden bed maintenance when it impedes sight distance
- Areas of noxious weeds will be identified with the help of local councils and other government agencies
- Roadside rubbish will be removed when it poses a risk to motorists
- Graffiti will be removed when the graffiti is offensive, and in instances when it poses a risk to road safety
- Roadside infrastructure, like safety barriers and safety signs, will be repaired when found in critical areas and are ineffective.
Roads we maintain
We’re responsible for managing over 19,000kms of major roads and more than 4000 bridges across our regional road network, including:
- regional freeways
- arterial roads across the state
- a limited number of non-arterial roads
For a full list, see the Map of DTP roads web page.
Get in touch
If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to our hotline 13 11 70. This hotline is available 24/7.
In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000)
For more information phone: 133 778