South West Region
Roads and road transport are important to local economies and meet the accessibility and growth needs of rural communities. Well-planned, well designed and well-built roads and transport infrastructure are vital for the economic development of both community and business.
RMS' South West Region manages:
- 4,151 carriageway kilometres of state roads and national highways.
- Administers funding for maintenance and rehabilitation of 4,169 carriageway kilometres of regional roads carried out by councils.
- 687 bridges and bridge-sized culverts.
- 69 sets of traffic signals.
KEY CHALLENGES FOR RMS' SOUTH WEST REGION
The key challenges in managing the road network include:
- Maintaining the border crossings of the Murray River and their links with the Hume, Sturt and Newell highways. These routes are important to the national economy.
- Providing crossings of major rivers such as the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan to meet the needs of local residents, businesses, freight operators, tourists and other stakeholders.
- Delivering cost effective and during solutions in our region with its diverse topography and climate, ranging from flat arid plains to mountainous ranges. Our region's climate sees the extremes of very high summer temperatures to winter snow and ice.
- Being innovative when suitable materials are not readily available and the impact of large irrigation areas and salinity limit the use of traditional road building techniques.
South West Regional Manager - Mitch Judd
Mitch Judd started work with the then DMR as a cadet engineer in 1981. Since then Mitch has worked in a range of project delivery and operational roles in such diverse locations as Yass, Tumut, Nyngan, Parkes and Wagga Wagga. Most recently Mitch was Road Services Manager for Western NSW, managing the Road and Fleet Services delivery operations for RMS across 75 per cent of the state.