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Roads & Pathways

Bus stops and bus shelters

Councils are a small player in public transport. Public transport services are delivered by Public Transport Victoria (PTV). Our role is to provide advice in relation to placement of certain infrastructure.

Generally, provision of a bus stop, including an approved school bus stop and any shelter, is the responsibility of Public Transport Victoria (PTV). . PTV installs bus stops and other transport network infrastructure to their own requirements. We encourage residents to head to the PTV website to lodge the request for additional infrastructure directly.

Dust Management Strategy

In August 2013, Council adopted a management strategy which will be implemented until the roads can be upgraded.

This management strategy focuses on:

•the better performing roads which are appropriate for resealing

•setting clear intervention criteria for returning unsealed surfaces to the roads as they continue to deteriorate

Dust Signage

Historically “Speed Means Dust” signs have been installed on some unsealed roads. However, these signs have not been very effective in the past in changing driver behaviour.

Unfortunately, with bad driver behaviour, some drivers choose to disregard any type of warning device.

Police enforcement is the most effective way to resolve any bad driving behaviour. One way for you to assist when people are observed driving inappropriately, if possible, is to record the date and time, any registration number, colour and make of the offender’s vehicle. Report them to the police for their consideration of increasing enforcement in the area. Visit Crimestoppers

Dust Suppression

Effectively, dust supression seals are a costly, short term solution, and we now have better long-term alternatives.

From 2005-2007 we trialed a dust suppressant program. One of the products trialed was a primer seal treatment. This treatment involved a sprayed bituminous binder with the application of stone being applied to the road. This makes the road look like a standard sealed road; however in most cases, they do not perform in the same way. Over the long term they are costly to maintain and are only a short term solution to manage dust.

When the primer seal treatment was applied, it was done so without strengthening the road’s pavement, improving the drainage or applying a final seal to the surface. This work would need to be done to construct a road to a sealed standard.

Some of the dust suppressant roads treated with a primer seal have deteriorated significantly and proactive action now needs to be taken to keep the roads both safe and cost effective to maintain.

Faulty Street light or light pole repairs

AusNet Services maintains streetlights in Bass Coast. If there is a streetlight fault, you are able to report faults directly to AusNet Services through their web page - Ausnetservices

Additional street lights

We have very limited budget to install additional streetlights on public roads. There are some streets in Bass Coast that have no street lights. We will make a road safety assessment of the intersection to determine if street lighting is adequate under the guidelines. If additional street lighting is deemed necessary, works will be prioritised based on risk and budget availability.

Hooning Drivers

Unfortunately, with bad driver behaviour, some drivers choose to disregard any type of warning device.

Police enforcement is the most effective way to resolve any bad driver behaviour. One way for you to assist when people are observed driving inappropriately, if possible, is to record the date and time, any registration number, colour and make of the offender’s vehicle. Report them to the police for their consideration of increasing enforcement in the area. Visit crimestoppers .

Our staff meet regularly with the local traffic police, and discuss whether traffic management devices or changes in speed limits should be considered.

Heavy Vehicle National Law

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is managed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

The NVNL affects the way heavy vehicles access the national road network including the way they apply for access to local roads within Bass Coast. Heavy vehicle operators must apply to the NHVR for a permit to travel on our local roads. All requests for heavy vehicle access to the local road network go to NHVR and may be referred to us for consent.

For further information contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 MYNHVR (696 487) or email info@nhvr.gov.au.

Pathways

Footpaths along an arterial road are our responsibility.

We are committed to improving the path network across Bass Coast. We acknowledge that there is still a lot of work to do. There are areas in Bass Coast that were developed many years ago when the standard of the day did not require the developers to include footpaths in the new subdivisions. This is not the case now with new urban subdivisions.

When new sub-divisions are constructed there is a process to determine the community infrastructure that the Developer is required to construct. This does sometimes result in gaps in our footpath network that is then either addressed through Council funded projects or further developer contributions.

There are currently about $40 million worth of footpath and bike path construction works that have been identified as highly desirable across Bass Coast, with only $300,000 to $400,000 available in each annual budget.

All footpath requests are evaluated and prioritised using strict criteria considering safety, site factors, environment, users and funding.

In 2016 following community consultation, Council adopted an Aspirational Pathways Plan to fill the gaps in pathways around Bass Coast. The Plan has identified 53 aspirational paths that have not been built, and are not currently on any work plans.

Council has since adopted a prioritisation tool in conjunction with the development of Active Bass Coast 2018-28. An overland off road path connecting Inverloch and Wonthaggi has been identified as the highest priority pathway in Bass Coast.

Road maintenance – Who is Responsible?

There are a number of road managers in Bass Coast. Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) (Formerly known as VicRoads) and Bass Coast Shire Council are responsible for most of the roads within Bass Coast. RRV is the Responsible Authority for arterial roads. The Maps on Councils website show Regional Roads Victoria roads in pink, our roads in grey and ‘other’ local roads in orange.

An arterial road provides a principal route for the movement of people and goods and links activity centres in rural and metropolitan areas providing a safe, efficient and integrated road transport system for the economic and social benefit of the community. RRV arranges for freeways and arterial roads to be upgraded as necessary. You can report your safety concerns to RRV using the Regional Roads Victoria website.

RRV is also the Responsible Authority for assessing and approving any changes at the intersection of local roads with arterial roads.

We are responsible for most of the local roads, including intersections, as shown on the Bass Coast Shire Council Maps on Councils website. We are the best point of contact for any concerns along local roads.

The condition of our local roads is being monitored regularly. The overall condition of the road network managed by Bass Coast has been improving year by year due to strategic investment and preventative maintenance. Wel inherited a legacy of unsealed roads from old residential estates, developed many years ago when the standard of the day did not require the developers to include roads or footpaths in new subdivisions. Council dedicates a significant amount of its annual budget to bringing all roads across Bass Coast up to an acceptable standard.

Is it a VicRoads or Council road?

If you want to report an issue with a road and aren't sure whether to report it to VicRoads or Council, this map will help direct your call.

Road Spray Sealing program

You may have seen our Maintenance team or Contractors undertaking some maintenance work on your street. Works may include crack sealing (using a hot bituminous spray to fill in cracks), shoulder and verge repairs, road patching works, clearing of open drains or kerb replacement. Sometimes these works are specific and targeted preparation for Councils Annual Road Spray Sealing program.

With age, the road surface, made of bitumen, becomes more porous. Water may get into the underlying road pavement affecting its structure. Our Annual Spray Sealing program aims to re-surface roads before surface and structural damage occurs. These works are important and ensure the quality of the road is sustained, so expensive repairs can be avoided.

What is a spray seal?

A spray seal involves the coating of the existing road surface with one or more layers of bitumen and rolling a layer of stone into the surface. It is quite common that a spray seal will be applied to a road even when there used to be an asphalt road. The best treatments are considered on a case by case scenario. This type of road surfacing can be affected by inappropriate driver behaviour particularly within the first six months of the seal being applied. In particular, vehicles can cause damage to the surface when wheels are turned while your vehicle is stationary or if you accelerate too quickly.

We ask that you take care when entering and exiting your property and also when accelerating. Driving carefully will help ensure that the surface remains in a good condition. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding during the resealing works.

Why are there loose stones left on my street?

It is normal for a spray sealed road to shed some stone or aggregate in the first few days after application. The sealing process includes sweeping the surface, generally within a couple of weeks.

Why is a newly sealed road surface rougher than before?

Before resurfacing, the original surface may have become worn. The road starts to have a smooth appearance because the aggregates are polished by the action of the traffic over time. The new surfacing applied to the road is designed to restore the right amount of surface texture. The spray seal will settle within months of traffic as the aggregates bed into the bitumen.

Speed limits

We receive a significant number of community requests for speed reductions each year. We have recently been experiencing an increased demand in speed reduction requests.

The following information is provided to explain the process and typical timeframes involved.

Typically, a request to review a speed limit takes between three and twelve months to process. The process includes the investigation, resourcing, data collection, design, reporting to Regional Roads Victoria (RRV), approval, ordering, delivery and installation of speed signage. RRV advises that public consultation is now required for any speed limit changes.

Council is required to refer to RRV’s Traffic Engineering Manual – Speed Zoning Guidelines that are used to set speed limits consistently and credibly across Victoria.

What is the process and timing for determining speed limit reductions?

When a speed limit review request is received, we will typically conduct a site inspection to determine the best course of action according to the Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) Guidelines. RRV advises that public consultation is now required for any speed limit change. Exact details of the consultation required are not known.

Traffic counters are installed for a period of two to four weeks following the inspection, depending on resources, location and the nature of the road.

The data collected is analysed and a report prepared for RRV approval. The report will contain proposed locations and design layout of appropriate signage and a recommendation for RRV consideration.

RRV undertakes its own investigations and considers our proposals. A decision from RRV may take several months to be returned to us, depending on how many applications from across the region are being assessed at the time.

If a speed reduction is deemed appropriate, all new speed and other associated signs will take up to eight weeks to order, deliver and install. Approximately ten to fifteen percent of speed reduction requests from the community result in an alteration to speed limits.

RRV are currently reviewing their policy and procedure for speed zoning. The process may be subject to change in the future.

Speed signs

Speeds signs are referred to as Major Traffic Control Items. Each sign must be approved by Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) and when it is installed the Department of Justice must be notified. We cannot ‘just install’ a speed sign.

Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) sets speed limits in accordance with their speed limit guidelines in order to implement them consistently and credibly across Victoria.100 km/h is the default speed limit along all rural roads outside built-up areas throughout the State.

Rural roads are generally unsigned as it encourages motorists to drive to the conditions of the road, taking into consideration the physical characteristic of the road, prevailing weather, traffic conditions, drivers’ experience and development density. Posting a sign in every rural street would also be a costly project.

50 km/h is the default speed limit along urban roads. Again 50 km/h signs are not placed in urban areas, partly because they clutter the street scape, but also because it can confuse motorists when a sign is not there.

Typically, advisory signs are used to identify and warn drivers of isolated hazards such as a crest or sharp bend. There are standards for using these signs, again to create consistency and credibility across Victoria. We will assess any request for such signs against the standards. Advisory signs are not used as an alternative speed management device across a long stretch of road or a full length of road.

Speeding cyclists on shared paths

We have installed signage on shared paths indicating both pedestrian and cyclists are able to use the paths together. The Victorian Bike Law produced by the Victorian Law Foundation provides guidelines that cyclists should adhere to. The Bike Law includes specific advice and tips about behaviour on shared paths that include slowing down, ringing your bell and making sure there is enough space for pedestrians when overtaking. We find that the majority of shared path users will ride to the conditions and naturally adhere to these guidelines. Police have the power to charge cyclists for offences, such as dangerous or reckless riding on the road. Please report any dangerous behaviour to the Police who may be able to assist with enforcement.

I cannot see approaching vehicles when turning out of my street. What can I do?

Please contact us when sight lines are a concern and you cannot see approaching vehicles.

A site investigation will be conducted and assessed against the relevant guidelines and Australian Standards for sight line requirements. If an issue is identified, treatments will be considered in line with the appropriate guidelines. Treatments may range from vegetation trimming; parking restrictions; warning and advisory signage and speed limit reviews. Traffic management or infrastructure changes may also be considered.

Appropriate funds need to be secured for any new infrastructure. Funding is provided through our annual budget process. During this process projects will compete with many other projects having their own priorities and concerns. Project funding cannot be guaranteed for any particular year. All projects remain on the Capital Works list for annual funding consideration by Council until completed.

Traffic around the school during drop off and pick up times

The streets around most of our schools become highly congested on school days during the drop off and pick up periods.

Managing school related traffic can be a very complex and difficult matter with the competing demands of residents, parents and through traffic needing to be balanced.

We will work with the school, school council and local community to seek the appropriate balance.

We primarily manage these issues through parking restrictions, school crossings and capital works improvements where needed. All capital works are subject to funding considerations.

There is a lot that the community can do to help. Parking away from schools and walking the final leg, or even looking to stagger pick up times, will help avoid the busy peak periods.

The health and environmental benefits of walking or riding to school are significant factors for our community. We are happy to work with our schools to help improve and encourage the take up of healthy forms of getting to school, even for only part of the journey.

Traffic light faults

Traffic lights in Bass Coast are the responsibility of Regional Roads Victoria (RRV). Lights at pedestrian crossings are our responsibility.

Please report any traffic light faults to RRV on 131170, or for general queries phone 131171.

You can report any faults or operational concerns at pedestrian crossings to Councils Customer Service team. See details for contacting us below.