Road maintenance and information
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Some roads in the Yarra Ranges are maintained by other authorities. To find out who manages a road, check our public road register
For detailed information about how we manage our roads, refer to the road management plan.
Unsealed roads FAQ
Unsealed roads are maintained between two to six times a year depending on traffic, weather and local conditions.
The grading schedule is set each year and additional grades are unlikely. Temporary works will be completed before the next scheduled grade if it is required.
Council does not maintain privately owned roads or driveway accesses.
What is the speed limit on unsealed roads?
If there are no posted speed limits on an unsealed road, the default speed limits apply.
In built-up areas the default speed limit is 50km/h. On country roads the default speed limit is 100km/h.
To alter a speed zone on a local road, Council must receive approval from VicRoads. VicRoads is unlikely to approve a speed zone other than the default speeds on unsealed roads.
The appropriate speed to travel on an unsealed road varies greatly due to driver behaviour, the weather and road environment.
For most unsealed roads it is safer to allow drivers to choose an appropriate speed instead of encouraging them to travel at a specific speed limit.
Police enforcement of speed limits can be requested at your local Police Station or by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
When will my road be graded?
Maintenance on unsealed roads is completed two to six times a year. The schedule is dependent on the level of traffic, local conditions and weather, so timeframes are indicative and may change if required.
The current annual program is under review. Some changes have been made to the December and January program to enable us to better deliver the dust suppressant program.
Some roads have been moved forward and some have been moved back. The roads that have been delayed will be inspected and programmed for interim pothole repairs as required.
The full annual program will be available shortly, once the review is completed.
About the grading process
Through the grading process, spoils such as larger rocks, branches, bark and similar material are cut and pushed to the roadside in piles. These spoils will be removed at a later date as they cannot be included into the road surface. During grading, water is added to the road to aid compaction. The surface will need several days to dry & bind. Caution is required by residents and visitors travelling on these wet roads as the road is settling.
Regarding corrugations please note:
- During the warmer months, corrugations form on roads more readily as the roads are so dry and moisture is required to hold roads together
- Corrugations can only be repaired or minimised when graded
- The grader is required to stay on the scheduled program so that there are no delays.
How does dust suppressant work?
Council treats more than 200km of unsealed roads each year with an environmentally friendly solution that helps to minimise dust.
Learn more about dust suppressant
Does council use speed humps and dust signs?
Speed humps and signs are no longer considered an effective way of addressing dust and speed on unsealed roads.
Speed humps and similar treatments are not installed on gravel roads as they are difficult to maintain and are easily damaged or altered by road surfacing equipment.
While Council receives requests for “Slow Down Dust” signage to be installed on unsealed roads, these signs have been found to be ineffective in reducing vehicle speeds. For this reason, new “Slow Down Dust” signs are not installed and the existing signs are not being replaced.