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Vic highways ‘distressed’

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December 01, 2016

RACV’s roads and traffic manager Dave Jones said, on average, seven per cent of the regional road network was in what VicRoads would deem to be a ‘‘distressed’’ condition.

The RACV has called for an immediate injection into road funding after a recent commissioned report from the peak motoring body revealed the state’s road network was ‘‘grossly underfunded’’.

The Victorian transport advocate labelled the condition of some of the state’s regional roads as a safety risk and its independent review found a record amount of roads and highways were in a distressed condition.

RACV’s roads and traffic manager Dave Jones said, on average, seven per cent of the regional road network was in what VicRoads would deem to be a ‘‘distressed’’ condition.

‘‘While that doesn’t sound a lot, it equates to around 1400km of the state’s highways being distressed to the level that safety warnings and speed reductions may be necessary,’’ Mr Jones said.

‘‘Aside from the alarming safety issue, rough and failing roads lead to much higher wear and tear on trucks and cars; are hazardous to vehicles, motorbike and bicycle riders; and increase the cost of business for struggling families in our regional communities.’’

Mr Jones said the RACV review also determined that ongoing road funding maintenance was inadequate.

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