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This document specifies current Main Roads practice in the design of fencing and walls within road reserves.Fences along and within road reserves are generally used to control entry or crossing of the roadways by vehicles, pedestrians or animals. The fence may also be a combination of noise and screen walls along the alignment. Other design requirements should be as per typical fence details shown on the Main Roads standard drawings.
1400 Chainwire Fence
200331-108 - Assembly Detail200331-109 - Strainer and Post Details
Posts are positioned on the road reserve side of fence.
Intermediate posts to be equally spaced.
All strainers shall be offset so the fence wires follow a straight line.
Horizontal railing is permitted only if the fence is located outside the clear zone. (This type of fence should be used with caution even outside of the clear zone.)
Requirement for fencing where PSP or DUP is located in the close proximity to steep batters should be as specified in Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths.
An offset of 1.0m (minimum 0.5m) should be provided if used along PSPs and DUPs as per Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths.
Fencing of urban road reserves should be considered on all freeways and controlled access highways, in order to control entry or crossing of the roadways.
Fencing requirements for other road categories shall be determined on an individual basis considering factors such as: safety risks, social aspects, aesthetics, cost and local circumstances.
All roads designated as "control of access" highways and freeways in urban areas should be fenced along the whole alignment to prevent access to the road reserve. Fences should be placed adjacent to, but on the road reserve side of the property line. The type of fence should be determined in accordance with local circumstances and shall be approved by Main Roads.
Fauna underpasses are generally provided where a road obstructs fauna movements between large, well vegetated, areas that extend past the road reserve fence and where migration of critical fauna species is expected. Fences to control and guide fauna towards and out of the underpasses and prevent crossing at other locations shall be erected. A minimum 1200mm high galvanised chainwire mesh fence, with top and bottom selvages knuckled, or agricultural fence is recommended to guide the fauna species towards the underpass and prevent road deaths.
The construction details of animal underpasses and warrants for construction are presented in Guide to the Design of Fauna Underpasses.
Typical fence details are described in Section 1.1.3 and are shown on Main Roads drawing No's 200331-097, 200331-098 and 200331-110.
In built-up areas, where accessible, all drainage basins with batters steeper than 1 in 6 must be fenced. If a drainage basin with a permanent pool of water is accessible to pedestrians and the batter slopes exceeds 1 in 8, fencing should be provided. This type of fence should be fitted with a locked gate suitable for access of plant to give controlled access to the maintenance crew.
The type of fence to be used is site specific and depends on the level of protection required but should generally be 1200, 1400 or 1800 Chainwire fence. If a drainage basin is located outside road reserve on local government land then local government requirements should be met.
If however, a drainage basin is located within the clear zone and steep slopes are a hazard to motorists, a safety barrier should be considered. For details refer to Main Roads' MRWA Supplement to Austroads Guide to Road Design - Part 6
Where any person is at risk because of construction work, suitable fencing shall be erected in accordance with Occupational Health and Welfare Regulations 1996.If a Nuclear Density Meter (NDM) is to be used on a construction site and stored in a shed, it shall have a 2.05m high, galvanised chain-wire mesh fence with lockable gate, around the shed. The fence shall be in accordance with Specification 100 General Management Requirement, Section 103.06 and Annexure 103E - Drawing No 9034-2071.Rubbish tips on work sites shall be surrounded by a 2.05m high chain-wire mesh fence as per Drawing No 9034-2071.
During construction all protected sites identified and nominated in the Environmental Management Plan, including rare flora and fauna habitats and heritage sites, in the vicinity of construction works shall be fenced to minimise the risk of site degradation during construction. The recommended fence type is 1200mm high Chainwire fence.
Fencing should be considered where an investigation indicated that pedestrians are crossing roads adjacent to a pedestrian bridge or underpass. A policy and guidelines on fencing at pedestrian bridges and underpasses is detailed in the document Fencing at Pedestrian Bridges and Underpasses.The fencing type is site specific and should be in accordance with the drawings listed in Section 1.
Chainwire fence 1400 high (Drawing No 201431-0037) should be provided along full length of boundary with the main road for safety and pedestrian control. Exceptions should be guided by engineering judgement particularly in areas with natural barriers such as precipitous slopes or other natural barriers. The detailed design should be produced in consultation with relevant authority (e.g. PTA).
Fencing may be specified as a visual privacy screen as determined during a road works project.
For specific projects where visual harmony with the background is essential or if minimal disruption of view to motorists is required, PVC coated fence, timber fence or a colour-bonding may be specified.If a road alignment is located in the vicinity of a golf course a fence should be considered. The height and type of fence should be based on a quantitative risk assessment for the specific project, to reduce the risk of injury or damage to vehicles to a level acceptable to the community.
Sections of fence or metallic pipe constructed in parallel to high voltage distribution and transmission lines are potentially at risk of induction (transfer of voltage from one circuit to another without a direct connection).
The minimum offset of fencing running parallel to the high voltage power line depends on number of factors such as:
Sections of fencing constructed adjacent to an electrified rail reserve are potentially at risk of induction (transfer of voltage from one circuit to another without a direct connection) and require certain offsets from mast structures to prevent trespassers from intruding into the electrified area or gaining access to live equipment.
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has separate specifications and standards for the design and installation of fencing adjacent to electrified rail reserves, which shall be met. These are;
In many pastoral areas it has been found more practical and economical to fence the road reserve instead of providing stock grids. In these situations, highway and main road reserves may be fenced, provided the pastoralist agrees to accept responsibility for the maintenance and future replacement of the fence. Where the cost of fencing exceeds the cost of providing grids, fencing may be carried out under a cost sharing arrangement between Main Roads and the pastoral leaseholder. Where the cost of fencing is less than the cost of providing grids, Main Roads will normally fund the full cost of fencing.The advantages of fencing road reserves from adjoining pastoral leases are:
The concept of a "standard fence" has been adopted for different pastoral areas of the State. The typical standard fences are shown on drawings 200331-101, 200331-102, 200331-103, 200331-097 and 200331-098.The Regional Manager may approve a variation to the standard fence. For more details refer to Operational Guideline 81.The installation of electric and solar devices for animal control as part of a fence, may be considered, providing the fence complies with the AS 3014-2003 - "Electrical installations - Electric fences" and Local Government by-laws and Western Power requirements.
Maintenance of the fence and future replacement of the fence shall be the responsibility of the lessee/pastoralist.
Water Severance occurs, as described in Operational Guidelines No 81, where a single water point in the paddock is located on one side of the road and stock must cross the road to reach it. When the road reserve is fenced, stock on the opposite side of the road will no longer have access to the water point and alternative arrangements will need to be made. This could include piping across the road with a new trough, or the installation of a new water bore and the necessary equipment.
The Regional Manager will negotiate with the leaseholder and any contributions from Main Roads will depend upon a number of factors including:
Where stock underpasses are proposed a fence to guide and control stock towards the underpasses, as described in 1.1.2 or similar, should be provided. The type of fence should be appropriate for the stock using the underpass. Refer to - Guide to the Design of Stock Crossings and Stock Grids.
Generally walls and barriers shall be designed to withstand loads specified in AS 5100 - Bridge Design. A minimum 50 years design life is recommended for all structures or to match the design life of adjoining structural elements if more than a 50 year design life applies.
The need to incorporate traffic noise barriers in a road project will have been identified in a noise study, usually as part of a wider environmental impact assessment. A typical noise study report will indicate noise level objectives and any noise barriers required to achieve them, in terms of their location, extent and height. The design process and community consultation usually involve consideration of options and review to ensure a suitable final design. A noise barrier may take the form of a bund (earth mound), a wall or solid fencing, or a combination of these. For design details on earth bunds refer to Chapter 4.5.4 - Main Roads Supplement to Austroads GRD Part 3: Geometric Design.
Visual screening must be considered adjacent to roads and paths at those locations where a potential for visual intrusion exists. The requirement for visual screen walls is determined during the project investigations and design process. Screen walls and associated footings must be located completely within the road reserve, with effective placement dependent on the project site conditions. The height of screen walls will vary according to the location so as to provide an effective level of screening. Screen walls, are located on the boundary of a private property, must be approved by the property owner. Screen walls must be designed to meet all safety and maintenance considerations. Feature walls, fences or sculptural built elements may be placed within the road reserve as aesthetic elements (e.g. entry statements, public art), as part the roadside landscaping.Noise walls are often designed to serve as visual feature walls as well as visual screening to adjoining areas and a noise barrier. In some instances a visual screen may form part of a bridge or footbridge.