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The Hindmarsh Shire Council maintains approximately 3,153 km of roadways which are made up of sealed roads, unsealed roads and earth formed roads. The State and Federal Government, through VicRoads, control a number of roads within the Hindmarsh Shire Council.

 VicRoads Controlled Roads
 Road Maintenance
 Roads Hierarchy

VicRoads Controlled Roads
The State and Federal Governments, through VicRoads, are the responsible authority for a number of major roads within the Shire. All roads under the control of VicRoads are sealed to various standards and all funding for the maintenance and upgrade of these roads is granted by the State or Federal Government or a combination of the two Governments. The following roads are under the direct control of VicRoads:

National Highway
• Western Highway

State Highway
• Borung Highway

Arterial (Main) Road
• Birchip Rainbow Rd
• Dimboola Rainbow Rd
• Hopetoun Rainbow Rd
• Jeparit Warracknabeal Rd
• Nhill Harrow Rd
• Nhill Jeparit Rd
• Nhill Netherby Rd
• Nhill Yanac Rd
• Warracknabeal Rainbow Rd

There are also a number of streets, within the towns, that are under the control of VicRoads. These include (but not limited to):
• Broadway, Jeparit
• High St, Dimboola
• Horsham Rd, Dimboola
• Lloyd St , Dimboola
• Lorquon Rd, Jeparit
• Nelson St, Nhill
• Taverner St, Rainbow
• Victoria St, Nhill

Issues associated with any of the above roads/streets should be directed to VicRoads on 131 170 or visit their website.

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Road Maintenance
A major part of Council’s budget is put towards the maintenance (rehabilitation and re-construction) of the road network. This includes all works associated with the road, ie.. drainage works, footpath works, tree trimming and removal, etc.

Funding is provided for portions of work through programs set-up by the State and Federal Governments respectively.

The condition of the road network is assessed regularly with works being programmed based on the findings of the assessment, the classification of road and the usage (current and future). The Roads Hierarchy also helps to determine the treatment (if any) of a particular road.

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Roads Hierarchy
Council has determined that a road’s hierarchy should be prepared for the purpose of establishing corporate policies, goals and strategies for improving and maintaining the local road network. The roads hierarchy sets out the desirable aims of Council, however it should be noted that financial and other pressures will impact from time to time on the extent to which these aims will be achieved. The Asset Management Plan - Infrastructure Roads & Bridges can be viewed from the link below.

Road Classes – Rural
Class 3 – Major Freight Route (Sub Arterial) Local roads that typically connect towns or districts and carry both private and commercial traffic. Council will endeavour to provide a sealed road pavement and formation that reflects a number of factors including the volumes of traffic and type of vehicle.
Class 4 – Collector Roads Roads that connect Major Freight Route roads to lower classes of road such as residential and property access. Council will endeavour to provide a suitable all weather pavement. Collector roads are subject to change based on the status of the residential and property access roads.
Class 5 – Residential Access These roads are considered most important to the individual as they are designed to provide all weather access for day-to-day activities. Council will endeavour to provide all houses which are occupied with a pavement of suitable depth and material to ensure safe movement under normal weather conditions.
Class 6 – Property Access Roads are provided for people to carry out farming or other legitimate activities on properties that they own or lease. Council will endeavour to provide a road (earth formation, as a minimum) that is typically suitable for dry weather access only.

Road Classes – Urban
Class 3U – Residential Collector These roads/streets provide the link between residential access roads to higher class roads within the township areas. Council will endeavour to provide a sealed pavement which allows for the safe movement of all vehicles.
Class 4U – Primary Access These roads provide the access to residential, commercial or industrial properties to allow for the carrying out of day-to-day activities, business or occupations. Council will endeavour to provide a road pavement of a type and depth capable of being trafficked under normal weather conditions.
Class 5U – Secondary Access Roads or laneways that provide alternate access to un-occupied properties and business or access to vacant land. Councils will endeavour to provide a minimum of an earth formation which is trafficable in dry weather.

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