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Road infrastructure safety in victoria greg chambers

  1. 1. Road Infrastructure Safety in VictoriaGreg ChambersActing Director, Commercial & Business Services
  2. 2. Roads in Victoria Arterial Roads National Hwy funded by Commonwealth, managed by States National Hwy Arterial Rd funded and managed by States
  3. 3. Roads in Victoria Length Networ Travel Road Type (km) k (%) (%) National 1,010 0.9 8.9 highway VicRoads Rural arterial 18,060 10.2 21.8 Urban arterial 3,180 3.2 51.7 Arterial Roads1 22,250 14.3 82.4 Rural local 106,100 67.3 5.2Govt.Local Urban local 26,400 16.8 12.4 All road types 154,750 100.0 100.01 Road assets valued at AUD$23 billion, incl. 3,000+ bridges
  4. 4. Overall ApproachRoad Safety is fully integrated into road infrastructure management and operations Specific road safety programs – Safer Road Infrastructure Program Project development & implementation Maintenance planning & operations Working on roads“Safety is an integrated part of all of our road programs”
  5. 5. Safer Road InfrastructureProgramProgram Focus Run-off-road crashes on high-speed roads Dangerous intersections in outer metropolitan Melbourne Greyspot intersections Mass action treatments – tactile centrelines / edgelines Route treatment approach Innovation component (up to $3m per annum)
  6. 6. Project Development &ImplementationProject Planning & Scope Approval Pre-construction Project Completion Construction
  7. 7. Road Safety Audit Policy
  8. 8. Road Safety Audit Stages
  9. 9. Project Planning & ScopeApproval1. Identify need for project  congestion, land use development, safety, special needs2. Identify treatment options & objectives  evaluate treatments & options to identify most effective project (economic & other criteria)3. Approval to scope & cost4. Listing with other candidate projects for future programs
  10. 10. Preconstruction1. Standards for safe roads and facilities2. Design-phase road safety audits3. Community & stakeholder consultation4. Construction planning  minimise inconvenience to residents & traffic  maximise safety for workers, traffic & residents
  11. 11. Construction1. Detailed work plans  minimise impact, maximise safety2. Ongoing communications  motorists & residents3. Ongoing safety management, inspections & record keeping4. Stage road safety audits5. Site reinstatement & final acceptance
  12. 12. Project Completion1. Hand over for maintenance2. Post-construction review against project objectives3. Ongoing monitoring against project objectives  traffic volumes, delays  road safety outcomes  environmental outcomes
  13. 13. Maintenance Planning &Operations Maintenance Program Routine Periodic Maintenance Maintenance Road Safety Objective Asset Preservation
  14. 14. Routine MaintenanceHazard Alerts Regular from Public Inspections Safety Condition Inspections Inspections Response Response Criteria Criteria Maintenance Work
  15. 15. Specified RequirementsSafety Inspections Day & Night Inspections – frequency depends on importance of road • urban freeways -> minor rural arterials Criteria for what is a “safety hazard”, eg. – any object in a traffic lane – pothole >300mm diameter, 100mm depth Specified response times – depends on hazard & importance of road • Object on urban freeway -> missing sign on minor rural arterial
  16. 16. Specified RequirementsCondition Inspections Monthly inspection for all roads Cover all road elements – standard list of pavement, drainage, roadside, structure items Criteria for what is a “Defect” – potholes, blocked drain, long grass Specified response times – depends on defect & importance of road Scheduled as routine maintenance activities
  17. 17. Periodic Maintenance
  18. 18. Pavement Guidelines
  19. 19. Roadside Guidelines
  20. 20. Working on RoadsWorksite Traffic Management Framework Responsibilities Records Management Traffic Management Plans Audit and Surveillance Training Approvals
  21. 21. Worksite Hazard ManagementWorksite Hazard Management Process Step 1 – Worksite Hazard Rating Step 2 – Required Level of Planning Step 3 – Hazards at the Worksite Step 4 – Hazard Control Measures – Hierarchy of Safety Controls Step 5 – Hazard Control Measures to be Implemented Step 6 – Prepare and Implement Traffic Management Plan Step 7 – Review the Traffic Management Plan in Practice Step 8 – Carry Out the Work
  22. 22. GuidelinesWork-Related Guidelines for: Short term works – Low impact – Mobile works – Emergency works Long term works – Traffic management during works – Traffic management at night – Provision for other road users – Use of safety barriers Speed Zones
  23. 23. GuidelinesWork-Related Guidelines for: Hazard control measures – High Visibility Clothing – Use of Traffic Control Signs & Controllers – Use of Portable Traffic Signals – Use of Electronic Variable Message Signs – Traffic Management with Electronic Signs
  24. 24. GuidelinesSupplemented by Handbooks
  25. 25. Discussion

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