Regional Roads Victoria is starting its roadside mowing program this week to help protect the community ahead of the fire danger period.
RRV north eastern regional director Steve Bowmaker said a full program of works including roadside inspections and mowing was under way to ensure the arterial road network was safe in the event of an emergency.
“Our major roadside mowing program kicks off this week on the Hume at Euroa and Goulburn Valley Fwy heading north from Seymour, before working our way through north-east Victoria over the next few months,” Mr Bowmaker said.
“We've been out inspecting the region's 4000km network to ensure detour routes are in good condition and clear of obstacles."
RRV said limiting the risk of roadside vegetation while efficiently and effectively controlling the spread of noxious weeds were the aims of the roadside maintenance activities.
“Timing our grass cutting season is crucial, which is why we're getting started now to make sure we're on top of spring growth and ahead of the peak fire danger period,” Mr Bowmaker said.
Roadside weed spraying, inspecting static detour signage and routine maintenance are among the other works being done, while assessments are undertaken of road surfaces, roadside reserves and surrounding infrastructure.
Mr Bowmaker said emergency management preparation was a year-round process for RRV's north-eastern region to ensure staff were prepared for any emergency situation.
“We support emergency services by co-ordinating traffic management and detours throughout the course of any emergency and recovery, actively seeking ways to minimise community disruptions,'' Mr Bowmaker said.
“We then share this information through regional media networks, VicTraffic and our social media platforms.”