NORTHERN Grampians Shire Council has reinstated its road management plan.
It comes after council completed the majority of the municipality’s flood recovery work.
Section 10 of the plan was suspended in March 2011 following significant damage to the road network from floods in September 2010 and January the following year.
Section 54 of the Road Management Act 2004 was also suspended and has been reinstated.
Council’s road management plan 2007 sets requirements for the inspection of roads, along with ways to identify and fix defects in the network.
The plan allows council to meet its duty of care to road users and the community.
Cr Kevin Erwin welcomed the reinstatement of the plan at last week’s council meeting.
“It’s a happy occasion, because the reinstatement of the Road Management Act means we’ve completed all the flood recovery works on the roads,” he said.
“Obviously after the floods the plan was suspended because the roads and the bridges weren’t in the condition they were meant to be in.
“I guess the challenge for the future is to maintain them in that good position.”
Mayor Wayne Rice said the only disappointing thing about road recovery funding was council was only allowed to reinstate roads and bridges to their original condition and not make improvements for the future.
Council estimates 95 per cent of restoration works will be finished by the end of December.