Drought relief activity is increasing heavy vehicle use on local roads, and the NSW Government is investing $15 million towards road maintenance, such as shoulder and road surface repairs and signage. Councils are encouraged to apply for grants up to $300,000 for repairs in their area.
The Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program has been introduced and offers an additional $15 million toward the cost of maintenance and minor improvement work on council roads and roadsides, where those improvements will contribute to heavy vehicle access, in support of the drought relief freight task.
Roads and Maritime will contribute up to $300,000 per council for all projects. Submissions are merit based and assessed by an evaluation panel consisting of representatives from Roads and Maritime and Local Government NSW.
Work that will be considered, but not limited to, include:
- shoulder repairs and improvements such as widening to address edge-break and edge drop-off. May be sealed or unsealed,
- heavy patching,
- seals that contribute to minimising long term maintenance costs,
- pavement rehabilitation,
- grading of unsealed roads to reduce roughness and rutting,
- tree trimming to improve access for 4.6 metre high vehicles,
- installing infrastructure monitoring equipment and/or facilities, and
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