Maintenance is a critical part of the smooth running of Victoria’s road network. A functioning and well-maintained network supports safer and more reliable journeys for all road users, whether you’re driving a car or truck, riding a bike or crossing the street.
In the 2021/22 Maintenance season, the Department of Transport will deliver key maintenance treatments on a network of 19,000 kilometres of roads throughout regional Victoria. These treatments include road rehabilitation, asphalt resurfacing, and routine maintenance works such as pothole repair, graffiti removal, rubbish collection, sign replacement, upkeep of roadside vegetation and hazard reduction.
The Victorian Government has invested $209 million in the 2021/ 22 Regional Roads Victoria Maintenance program to ensure regional arterial roads continue to be made stronger, safer and more durable. You can expect to see crews across the network, including Goulburn Valley Highway, Western Highway, Bellarine Highway, South Gippsland Hwy and the Hume Freeway to name a few.
This is in addition to the $425 million delivered over two years in 2019/2020, the Victorian Government has invested in a massive road maintenance program that has delivered key resurfacing and road rehabilitation works.
On top of the usual road maintenance season, even more roads will be fixed this year as we continue to deliver the $124 million Building Works package – getting even more Victorians back to work and helping bushfire-affected communities get back on their feet, in an unprecedented economic response to the coronavirus crisis.
This season will see nearly 50 rehabilitation works to improve approximately 1,357 kilometres of roads, along with just over 1,000 resurfacing projects to be delivered.
To find out where these works will be happening, visit the regional project pages below.
Barwon South West
For more information and videos on road maintenance, please visit our maintenance explained page.
Covid-19 PandemicThis essential maintenance work will continue during current COVID restrictions. To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVID Safe plan.
Roads we maintain
We’re responsible for managing over 19,000kms of major roads and more than 4,000 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 VicRoads map of declared roads.
Types of maintenance
We carry out regular maintenance as part of our yearly maintenance plan. Each road has a unique cycle, meaning different kinds of works are needed at different times. There are three main types of maintenance works:
- Routine is work that fixes minor defects before they become bigger problems. Works include fixing potholes, cleaning gutters and drains, and repairing damaged signs.
- Periodic is cost-effective work that preserves the road and avoids more expensive rehabilitation work. Works include road resurfacing and corrosion protection for bridges.
- Rehabilitation is extensive work that repairs the road surface. Works include replacing the top and bottom layer of the road.
How we prioritise
We use a strategic prioritisation system to identify the needs of each road. Based on this, we rate the urgency of works by the following:
- Critical is work that is needed to restore a road’s safety or productivity.
- Needed is proactive work that is needed to prevent deterioration of the road in the short term (12-24 months).
- Desirable is proactive work that helps limit premature road damage and minimise the lifetime costs of the road.
The majority of our regional roads were built post-WWII and are coming to the end of their lifespan, which is generally 60-70 years.
The millennium drought at the turn of the century extended the life of many roads but the need to invest to maintain and rebuild our network continues. Increased traffic and extreme wet weather have added to the urgent need for repairs.
Our regional roads need work. A significant funding boost and a fresh approach to maintenance are the first steps in getting our regional roads to an acceptable standard.
We need to prioritise and plan which roads will get fixed within our maintenance program, to deliver the greatest benefits to local communities.
The importance of each road is based on factors, like:
- traffic volumes
- strategic use
Maintenance is seasonal
Water is a road's worst enemy. That’s why you’ll see poorer road conditions in areas of high rainfall.
It’s also why we carry out most of our work during the dryer months of the year, usually from October to April or as we call it, maintenance season.
If it’s too wet to carry out maintenance, we’ll put up signs marking the hazards and lower the speed limit until the weather lifts.