East Gippsland Shire Council has identified 19 gravel roads to be part of its dust suppression program this financial year, funded through council’s capital works program.
In addition, dust suppression work will be undertaken on a further eight roads through funding received under the Victorian Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.
The dust suppression program converts a gravel road into a one-coat bitumen sealed road.
Acting Director Operations Fiona Weigall said this bitumen coating is known as a primer seal.
“The primer seal reduces dust and can reduce the need for maintenance work. Once applied, this coating should last between two to six years,” Ms Weigall said.
Roads in Orbost, Lindenow South, Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale, Lake Bunga, and Bruthen are part of this year’s program.
To determine which roads will be part of each year’s dust suppression program, roads are prioritised by a number of factors including the number of houses on the road, strategic importance, truck and bus usage, road alignment, and drainage.
Council maintains approximately 2900 kilometres of roads.
The list of roads in this year’s dust suppression program are:
Great Alpine Service Road West – Lucknow
Normans Road West, Metung
Robin Street, Lakes Entrance
Old Bunga Road, Lake Bunga
Cameron Street, Orbost
Boundary Road, Orbost
Stanley Street Orbost (part)
Ives Road, Lindenow South (part)
View Street, Bruthen,
Patricia Street, Bairnsdale
Collins Street, Lindenow South
Upland Street, Lindenow South
Outlook Avenue, Lakes Entrance
Essington Close, Metung
Ocean View Parade West, Lakes Entrance
Carpenter Street, Lakes Entrance
Broadlands Road (west) East Bairnsdale
Jennings Street, Bairnsdale
Tea Tree Lane, Lake Bunga
Roads funded under the Victorian Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program are:
Tarra Street, Metung
Patterson Lane, Orbost
Fisher Street, Lakes Entrance
Lawless Street, Bairnsdale
Lanteris Road, Wy Yung
Fischers Lane, Wy Yung
Phillips Lane, Lucknow
Howletts Road, Nicholson