Campaspe grading projects are grinding to a dry halt

By Riverine Herald

CAMPASPE Shire’s road grading program has been reduced to a crawl and the ongoing dry weather conditions are to blame.

Infrastructure services general manager Emma Dalton said the lack of rain and dryness of the ground is impacting the ability to grade gravel roads effectively.

“Persistent dry weather means there is no moisture in the ground,’’ she said.

‘‘This impacts the result of grading a gravel road without the use of a water tanker and a lot of water.

“Whilst we can grade and use a water tanker, this is not the preferred method.

‘‘The end result is not as good or long-lasting as grading a road that has good moisture content.”

Ms Dalton said this does not mean their grading program has come to a halt.

‘‘It does however restrict the amount of grading completed and roads where safety is an issue will be actioned as a priority,’’ she said.

Campaspe Shire has a large gravel road network compared to other councils.

Of the 4000km road network, 1000km are sealed, 2000km are gravel, with the remainder being earth.

“While some rain is forecast unless we have ongoing, steady rain impacts to the road grading program will continue,” Ms Dalton said. “I would like to assure the community gravel road service requests will not be ignored and the same request does not need to be lodged multiple times.

‘‘The road will be inspected and assessed to determine whether grading is a safety priority or can be placed on the grading list for action once ground conditions improve.’’

With rain late last week and more forecast the shire will monitor the weather situation and schedule works when suitable.