Road sealing project continues rolling out

Published on 21 September 2020

A sealed road, completed through the Roads for the Community initiative.

Community members across Yarra Ranges will have improved, sealed roads to enjoy when restrictions ease, with works continuing on the Roads for the Community Initiative.

Council has been working to seal roads throughout the year, as part of the Federal Government’s $150 million, ten-year program.

The initiative will see more than 150km of roads sealed throughout the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges and urban regions of Yarra Ranges.

Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Mark Varmalis, said that eight high-priority road projects had been completed so far.

“Priority roads for sealing were chosen on a number of factors, including whether they share a boundary with schools, preschools or community facilities, whether the roads are in urban or township areas and the number of people who will benefit from having the road sealed,” Mr Varmalis said.

“We’re proud of the work that’s been done to date to seal some of our highest-priority roads next to schools and preschools, so that when things return to normal, community members will have improved roads to travel on.

“We’re looking forward to sealing more roads in the coming years at a significantly reduced cost to landowners thanks to this federal funding.”

Roads completed through the Roads for the Community Initiative to date include:

  • Old Coach Road, Mount Dandenong – providing sealed access and adjacent to Mount Dandenong Primary School
  • Grandview Grove, Menzies Creek - providing sealed access and adjacent to Menzies Creek Primary School
  • Joy Avenue, Mount Evelyn - providing sealed access and adjacent to Joy Avenue Pre School
  • Junction Street, Yarra Junction - providing sealed access and adjacent to Upper Yarra secondary College
  • Prices Road, Monbulk (with final works to come, after Yarra Valley Water finishes sewerage installation later this year) - providing sealed access and adjacent to St Paul’s Primary School
  • Monash Road and Dorning Road, Narre Warren East - providing sealed access and adjacent to Little Joey’s Pre School
  • Cavanagh Road and Moore Crescent, Millgrove - providing sealed access and adjacent to Millwarra Primary School and connecting to Millgrove Pre School and Sports Oval
  • Rue De Gare and Prospect Road, Wandin North – entire lengths of these roads sealed with contribution from abutting landowners

Works coming up include:

  • Chalet Road, Olinda – providing sealed access and adjacent to Olinda Pool
  • McGregor Avenue, Healesville – providing sealed access and adjacent to Healesville Secondary College
  • Anderson Road and Grey Gum Court, Tecoma – entire lengths of these roads to be sealed with contribution from abutting landowners.

A number of other roads will have design work and consultation continue when stage 4 restrictions ease, with works to occur in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 financial years.

Sealing roads provides an improved surface for motorists, reduced dust for property owners and, in areas with kerb and channel works, improved drainage for storm events.

Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith, said there had already been great progress in sealing roads through the first year of the project.

“This year we’ve seen fantastic results on some of the priority roads, near preschools, schools and community facilities,” Mr Smith said.

“The families with children at the Joy Avenue Preschool in Mount Evelyn were concerned about dust from passing vehicles, that’s an issue of the past, now that the road and carpark have been sealed.”

For more information about the project, including frequently asked questions, visit our Roads for the Community page.

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