Managing roadside assets
Roads and Maritime Services provides and maintains various roadside assets which are required to enhance the functionality of the road and safety of the road users. Regular maintenance of these roadside assets means heritage, amenity and environmental qualities of the roadside are preserved.
- Rest areas: Rest areas are provided to allow all drivers to take short breaks during their journeys in order to recover from driver fatigue. Heavy vehicle rest areas specifically cater for drivers of trucks who must have regular breaks and sleep to meet their statutory obligations. Roads and Maritime Services does not permit camping in its rest areas.
- Median areas and verges: Regular mowing and vegetation control on roadsides and at intersections enables reasonable sight distance for motorists. The ongoing removal of graffiti, roadside litter, and debris are needed to keep the roadside clean.
- Motorway fencing and gates: For the safety of all road-users suitable fencing prevents the unauthorised access of people, vehicles and animals from entering road reserves. Special fauna fencing is increasingly being used to prevent animals straying onto the road.
- Pedestrian fencing: Pedestrian fencing provides a physical barrier between pedestrians and traffic, and direct pedestrians to appropriate road crossing locations.
- Noise barriers: Noise barriers are provided along busy roads to reduce the impacts of road traffic noise on adjacent residents and businesses.
- Safety Barriers: Safety barriers are provided to minimise the severity of accidents when vehicles stray from the travelling lanes of a road.
- Slopes /retaining walls: Roads and Maritime Services systematically maintains retaining walls and constructed slopes which support the stability of road and bridge structures.
- Drainage works: Drainage systems allow for the passage water under a road and drainage of water along a road.
- Erosion and sedimentation control devices: These devices are used to minimise soil erosion and control water quality in adjacent water courses.
Roadside management also requires the response to unplanned incidents. Timely emergency response is provided in the event of bush fires, storms, snow and accidents to quickly assist the public and minimise traffic disruptions created by these events.