State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan is calling for an immediate injection in roads funding after a report showed cuts to Victoria’s road maintenance budget was wreaking havoc across north-east Victoria.
The report, tabled by the state’s Auditor General in the Victorian Parliament last week, revealed almost 20 per cent of the road network in north-east Victoria is cracking and maintenance is only being carried out when it becomes critical.
Ms Ryan said the report proved that fixing country roads saved country lives.
In the north-east region — which includes Benalla, Strathbogie and Shepparton local government areas — nine per cent of the road network is in ‘very poor’ condition.
Nineteen per cent of the roads are cracking, 10 per cent are rough and a further three per cent are rutting.
‘‘The condition of the road network across north-east Victoria is going backwards because the Andrews Government is not investing enough funding in road maintenance,’’ Ms Ryan said.
Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has spent money on installing rumble strips along hundreds of kilometres of roads in northern Victoria.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said work to apply rumble strips to several major arterial roads was now complete.
Northern Victorian roads that have been upgraded include:
■Goulburn Valley Hwy from Eildon-Jamieson Rd to Seymour (57.6km).
■Melba Hwy from Yea to Mt Slide (37.8km).
■Maroondah Hwy from Narbethong to Mansfield (90.3km).
■Midland Hwy from Lake Nillahcootie to Mansfield Racecourse (25km).
■Mt Buller Rd from Mansfield-Woods Point Rd to Merrijig (13.9km).
■Beechworth-Wangaratta Rd from Beechworth to Tarrawingee (20km).
■Glenrowan-Myrtleford Rd from Hume Fwy to Great Alpine Rd (36km).
Centre lines have also been widened on higher-risk roads, separating vehicles travelling in opposite directions by up to one metre.