Roads – our commitment to our community
What we plan to deliver this year
meetings to discuss
Council is generally responsible for public roads in the Tweed except the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast Highway, which are the responsibility of Transport for New South Wales.
What we do and how we do it
We’re working hard to build, upgrade and maintain a safe and connected local road network.
Roads are very important for Council and for our community. Based on past community surveys they are ranked as one of the highest priority services that Council provides.
We have more than 1,000 km of sealed roads and about 170 km of unsealed gravel roads with an asset value of almost $750 million.
Looking after them and prioritising where to spend our road maintenance money is a complicated task and key to good asset management.
Currently, we set aside about $15 million per year on upgrading and maintaining our road networks. This money comes from general rates and grant assistance from government.
Another $7.5 million is spent on the up keep of roadside vegetation, signage and linemarking, roadside drainage, footpaths and bridges.
Road safety grants such as black spot funding are additional and can also be several million per year.
Council is generally responsible for public roads and bridges in the Tweed except the Pacific Motorway and Gold Coast Highway, which are the responsibility of Transport for New South Wales.
Our Roads and Stormwater unit is responsible for providing and maintaining a network of roads and bridges, footpaths and cycleways that is safe, efficient and accessible.
Building and upgrading Maintaining Responding Staying safe
We’re building and upgrading high quality local roads for our growing population.
We have several strategies and plans in place to help guide us to provide a safe and connected local road network:
- The Tweed Road Contribution Plan (s7.11)(PDF, 4MB) allows us to apply conditions to new traffic generating developments that require a monetary contribution towards providing improved road infrastructure.
- The Public Transport Strategy(PDF, 2MB) is a strategic overview of various modes of public transport including their potential for use in the Tweed.
- We’re working with the community to develop the Pedestrian and Bike Plan to guide our ongoing investment in the active transport network across the Tweed, reducing reliance on cars and increasing pedestrian and cyclist safety.
We also collect financial contributions from developments in the shire to fund major upgrades to our arterial road network. Some priorities going forward include widening Tweed Coast Road to 4 lanes, upgrades to the Kennedy Drive interchange and the western extension of Kirkwood Road.
We’re investing more than $20 m each year to maintain 1,200 km of local and regional roads.
Council’s Delivery Plan(PDF, 5MB) (see page 69) outlines what road projects and services we plan to deliver for the next 4 years, what we will use to deliver them and how we will measure and report these to the community.
Council’s road budgets do not allow us to maintain each road every year, so we need to target maintenance works based on priority and relative need. To inform this process, every 4 years each road segment is rated for its condition and its age.
We also look at issues such as crash history, traffic volumes and plans for other underground infrastructure works, such as water and sewerage pipe replacements, in our road planning. We use this asset management information to plan maintenance works around keeping good roads in good condition, and not letting them fall into disrepair.
This prolongs the life of the road assets and lets us stretch the money further. Those roads that are in poorer condition are programmed for more expensive reconstruction works.
This ensures that available funding is spread across the Tweed road network in a fair and consistent manner.
We’re responding to high priority road hazards caused by weather events.
Following severe weather events like floods and bushfires, we prioritise life threatening situations and worst hit areas. We target our busiest roads and any areas were people are isolated. While it may take some time for us to get to areas with less significant damage, we encourage the community to:
- report urgent hazards by phone on 02 6670 2400 – this includes reporting road closures, flooded roads, fallen trees and debris on roads and landslips
- report non urgent hazards online on the roads and bridges page
- report life threatening emergencies by calling “000” (triple zero).
Please don’t use our social media channels to report problems.
We’re supporting the community to stay safe on our roads.
We work with Transport for NSW, Police and other agencies to keep our local roads safe, working towards the target of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.
We’ve adopted a 'safe system' approach, which combines initiatives to minimise crashes and their severity, through safer road designs, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer people.
Every year, we apply for grant funding under the Australian Government Black Spot Programme and NSW Government Safer Roads Program. We apply for funding based on community feedback and crash data across the Tweed.
We regularly seek community comments on plans to improve road safety across the Tweed at yoursaytweed.com.au/blackspot