Update - September 2022
A functioning and well-maintained road network supports safer and more reliable journeys for everyone, whether you’re driving a car or truck, riding a bike or motorcycle.
This year, the Victorian Government has invested $780 million in the state’s maintenance program.
A major part of that investment is to ensure regional and rural arterial roads continue to be made stronger, safer and more durable.
An additional $3.2 million has been invested to complete further roadside grass mowing, graffiti and weed removal.
In the 2022/23 maintenance season, we will deliver key maintenance treatments on a network of 19,000km 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 majority of the maintenance work will be carried out between September 2022 and June 2023, when the warmer, dryer weather provides more suitable conditions for road works.
These vital works ensure that Victorians stay connected to education, employment, family and friends, as well as connecting our manufacturers and producers with domestic and international trade markets.
Maintenance in the your region
Find out which roads in your regions will be upgraded during the 2022-23 maintenance season by clicking on your region below.
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 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