Our Roads Network
Council maintains a road network of approximately 2,445km, including 163km under contract to the RMS (the Castlereagh Highway and Sofala Rd). An annual Road Network Strategic Plan sets priorities for works and can be found here.
Roads & Bridges
Council’s prime objective in managing the Region’s road network is to provide infrastructure that allows safe, convenient and comfortable travel to, from, and within the Region. This involves both maintaining existing roads and planning for future improvements.
Achieving this objective is constrained by the availability of funding from general rate revenue supplemented by Federal and State Government grants.
Each year Council issues an updated list of works planned for the next 12 months in its annual Road Strategic Plan. A copy of the strategy can be found.
Council staff conduct regular inspections of Council roads to monitor road condition so that maintenance works can be efficiently programmed and completed. On sealed roads, maintenance requirements include patching of potholes and other defects, street sweeping, remarking of faded line marking and resurfacing of roads on a periodic basis. On unsealed (gravel) roads, maintenance services provided include gravel resheeting, grading, pothole patching and clearing of open drains.
The road network in Mid-Western is categorised into three classes:
- State Roads - fully funded and managed by State Government
- Regional Roads - fully funded by State Government and Council but managed by Council
- Council Roads – these roads are, in the main, funded by Council with minor Government assistance.
When will my road be graded?
Council grades roads in accordance with the road network strategic plan based on their classification in the road hierarchy. The frequency (subject to weather conditions) is as follows:
Classification Frequency (months) Sub-Arterial 4 Collector 6 Main Local & Bus Routes 12 Minor Local 24
*Note : Roads will be brought up to standard and may not receive a full rip and reshape grade across their entire length.
How are requests for road maintenance prioritised?
Roads are prioritised based on many factors including safety concerns, loose material, corrugations, density of potholes, roughness and the timing of future programmed works.
How can I get my road listed on Council's maintained roads list?
You need to put your request in writing, addressed to the General Manager, Mid-Western Regional Council. However, roads will only be added to the maintained list after consideration by Council and taking into account the cost to bring the road up to a minimum standard and the impact on the total roads program.
Roads, or sections thereof that service less than 5 residences will not be considered for addition to the maintained road list, noting that historically, there are roads within the shire that do not meet this requirement.
Please refer to Council Policy 'Unmaintained and Unformed Roads' for further information.