The release of a revised Code of Practice for Operational Responsibility for Public Roads is good news for any public works engineering professionals uncertain about their road asset obligations.
According to the VicRoads website, the Code “...provides guidance in determining the physical limits of operational responsibility between road authorities for the different parts or elements within the road reserves of public roads [and] includes the following main changes:
- expanded guidance on responsibilities for road infrastructure at the interface between freeway access ramps and the connecting roads (i.e. arterial roads or municipal roads)
- improved guidance in the allocation of responsibilities between VicRoads and local Council road authorities at arterial road / municipal road intersections
- reviewed responsibilities associated with road embankments, cuttings, retaining walls, pedestrian underpass structures and the roadside
- clarification of responsibilities for drainage infrastructure within the road reserve
- updated guidance on responsibilities for roads on Crown land
- ·new guidance on responsibilities for public transport (road, rail, tram, bus) related infrastructure within the road reserve.”
The Code is available from http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2017/GG2017S174.pdf
Given the importance of clarifying road authority responsibilities – and following the success of our recent series of Workshops on the Code of Practice for the Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves – we’ve approached VicRoads about a presentation of this important new document.
Ossie Martinz | President, IPWEA (Victoria)
President IPWEA Vic