Tweed Shire Council is responsible for all public roads within the shire except the Pacific Motorway, which is the responsibility of Roads and Maritime Services (telephone 131 700).
Council maintains its roads and roadside reserves within the limits of its budget and resources.
To report a pothole to a road or damage to a footpath, please see Report a Problem or Contact Council .
Road closures and roadworks 2016
Every week Council publishes road closures and roadwork impacts for the coming week in its weekly publication Tweed Link under the heading Road Wrap.
Further, residents should visit www.myroadsinfo.com.au
for state-wide information on road closures, emergency road closures due to events such as flooding and roadworks. Council updates this site for roads within the Tweed every week. Outside the Tweed, the information is updated by the relevant Council for that area. While this site attempts to provide real-time information, in emergencies updates can take a little longer as Council has to verify the information first-hand.
Ensuring value for moneyCouncil aims to treat every sealed road on a 10-year cycle and experience is proving that routine maintenance costs, particularly pothole patching, is reduced dramatically when resealing is routinely carried out before there is severe structural failure.
Road resealingResealing involves spraying hot bitumen on to the surface of an existing sealed road and then spreading aggregate. The bitumen acts as a waterproofing membrane and the aggregate protects the bitumen and provides traction for vehicle tyres. Moisture ingress is the single most damaging element in the life of any road and resealing drastically reduces the amount of moisture that can penetrate a road. See the Annual Bitumen Resealing Program (182kB PDF) for details.
Asphalt resurfacingThe bitumen in asphalt deteriorates over time with exposure to air and sunlight. Eventually the asphalt becomes brittle, resulting in cracking, potholing and delamination (layers peeling off). To slow this deterioration, Council tries to rejuvenate all its asphalt roads once every eight years to maintain the flexibility of the asphalt. Eventually, however, all asphalt roads need resurfacing and this is done on an as-needs basis. See the Annual Asphalt Resurfacing Program (to be finalised) and Asphalt Rejuvenation Program for details.
NB: A high number of accidents occur on recently resealed sections of road. Council alerts motorists to the risks inherent in driving on a recently sealed road by placing signs to AVOID WINDSCREEN DAMAGE or DRIVE SLOWLY. Council is not liable for the cost of repairs to vehicles when motorists ignore warning signs.
Bitumen sealing contributionA resident can apply to Council requesting that an existing gravel road be sealed. The request may be accepted if the Applicant contributes the full cost of the bitumen seal (with Council paying the cost of constructing the gravel pavement necessary for the seal to be applied). For further information please see Council's Bitumen Sealing - Contribution Policy (48kB PDF). For details of the planned gravel road sealing program, see Council's Forward Program.