Corangamite Shire's unsealed roads get $2m works spend

AN extra $1.8 million will be injected into the Corangamite Shire’s extensive network of unsealed roads. 

The council’s 2014-15 draft budget includes the extra cash for gravel resheeting on the shire’s 800 kilometres of unsealed roads. 

It’s in addition to $940,000 of budgeted works, taking the council’s total spend for the next year to $2.02m. 

Cr Geoff Smith said he was pleased to see extra cash pumped into the gravel roads,  saying lifting the standard of unsealed roads was something that would be appreciated. 

“We do our regular grading and such, but each gravel road varies and they deteriorate quickly,” he said. 

“Some have got to the point where they need much more than just grading, so I’m very pleased to see this extra money being spent.” 

Mayor Chris O’Connor said people who lived on sealed roads often didn’t appreciate the hardships faced by those living on a gravel road. 

“Unsealed roads are an important part of our road network. We have between 800 and 900 kilometres of unsealed roads and often they are vital to industry like dairy and agriculture.” 

Council plans to spend $5.8m on roads, including a $1.7m reseal program, $261,000 for the Cobden-South Ecklin Road renewal and $110,000 on the Pomborneit-Foxhow Road renewal. Council also plans to spend $355,000 on bridges.

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