Brimbank’s new and improved Road Management Plan paves the way forward
Brimbank has a new and improved Road Management Plan, which sets out a clear management system for inspection and maintenance of the road and footpath network in the City of Brimbank
The final Road Management Plan 2019 was adopted at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting (26 June) following the release of the draft plan to the community for consultation.
Mayor of Brimbank City Council, Cr Lucinda Congreve said there are some great things for the community in the new Road Management Plan.
“We’re committed to keeping the City’s roads and footpaths in good condition.
“The new plan describes management arrangements for all of the roads and classes of roads that Council maintains. It sets out inspection intervals and response times which we must adhere to in order to comply with our responsibilities under the Road Management Act 2004.
“We have a duty of care to road users and the plan provides a system for inspecting Brimbank’s road network to discover hazards and to plan and implement repairs to reduce those hazards.
“A review of the existing Road Management Plan had identified a number of opportunities to improve service standards relating to how Council performed its road management duties.
“As part of the review, Council looked at when and how footpaths were repaired and to ensure a safe footpath network.
“Under the new Road Management Plan 2019, Council will now take responsibility for the footpath section of driveways, which was previously the responsibility of the property owner. The good news for residents is that Council will fund these footpath repairs across driveways.
“In addition, tolerance levels for trip hazards have been reduced from 50mm to just 25mm, which will make a real difference,” said Cr Congreve.
During the 2018-19 financial year, more than 900 kilometres of Council-owned roads were inspected and assessed to help plan future road maintenance and improvements. This included about 8 kilometres of unsealed roads and approximately 144,500 square metres of road pavements were resurfaced and around 84,500 square meters of road pavement were rehabilitated.
Just over 1,600 kilometres of footpaths were inspected and maintained by Council during that period.
A copy of the Road Management Plan 2019 is available at brimbank.vic.gov.au