The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has raised concerns regarding the use of hot mix material by Regional Roads Victoria to resurface a particular section of the Shepparton Alternate Route, also known as Doyles Road.
In a constituency question to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell said using hot mix asphalt was inadequate to repair a road that carried such a large number of heavy vehicles each day and that the road needed further repair only a few months later.
In July 2020, Ms Lovell wrote to Mr Carroll about the issue after a constituent raised concerns regarding the section of Doyles Road between Channel Road and the Broken River. The constituent suggested bituminous material be used to ensure the repairs last longer and the road remains safer for road users.
In responding to her letter, Mr Carroll indicated to Ms Lovell that Regional Roads Victoria would undertake 1.6km of bituminous resurfacing of this section of Doyles Rd in 2020-21.
Ms Lovell said she was raising the issue again as she had been contacted by the constituent again to inform her that hot mix material had again been used in the latest resurface work by RRV.
Ms Lovell asked the Minister to enquire into the matter and direct Regional Roads Victoria to use bitumen to resurface Doyles Road between Channel Rd and the Broken River as he had indicated would be the case.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Locals know their roads and the public are telling me the use of hot mix to repair Doyles Road will result in further repairs needed six months later.
“The Minister indicated that bitumen would be used to properly repair the road between Channel Road and the Broken River, and I call on him to step in to ensure this is the case in the future.”
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