Road Management Plan
A Road Management Plan is a statutory plan under the Road Management Act
2004 that sets out the maintenance regime for management of the municipal road network for Buloke Shire. It establishes the management system for Council to inspect, maintain and repair its public roads based on policy and operational objectives having regard to available resources.
The purpose of this Road Management Plan is to:
- Detail the management systems for the road management functions under the control of Buloke Shire Council,
- Set the relevant standards in relation to the discharge of duties in the performance of those road management functions within the approved budget,
- Ensure the provision of a safe and efficient road network for use by road users and the community.
In reviewing the plan, a classification of roads based on a functional hierarchy rather than the current condition based system (i.e. sealed, gravel, earth) is proposed. A functional classification system enables each road to be critically assessed based on destination and purpose, with agreed criteria to determine whether the road system is meeting the needs of the road users.
In developing the road classification system the following guiding principles have been used:
- Classification system is linked with, and consistent to the Austroads National Functional Road Classification system;
- Traffic volumes, vehicle type, existing road structure, abutting property use, future demand etc, assist in determining appropriate classification; and
- Access to abutting properties;
- Direct linkage with other roads in the network, including arterial roads;
- Transportation and bus routes;
- Identifiable origin and destination function served;
- Links within areas of the municipality, such as agricultural, community and commercial; and
- The existing width of a road or whether it is sealed is not necessarily criteria that influence a classification.
The revised plan now proposes that each road be classified into a Link (e.g.. Birchip-Corack Road), Collector (e.g. Seven Mile Road), Access (e.g. roads servicing residential properties) or Limited Access (e.g. road servicing rural paddocks) road and identified the standard Council desires to achieve for that class of road. In considering this re-classification, the hierarchy maintains the current Council Policy to provide all weather access roads to an occupied residence.
Council have also completed a functional re-classification of its footpath network based on Primary Access (high traffic footpaths such as commercial areas and school zones) and Secondary Access (lower traffic/residential areas). The move to a functional hierarchy has also brought about changes to the type and frequency of pro-active condition inspections, intervention levels and the standard for renewal. These changes vary dependent on the classification level of a road or footpath.
A copy of the adopted Road Management Plan can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. Alternatively, a printed copy of the Road Management Plan and maps can be obtained from any of our five district offices.
For further information about the Road Management Plan please contact Anthony Judd, Director Works and Technical Services, on 1300 520 520
or via email at email@example.com.