Roads and Traffic
Inverell Shire Council has four major categories of roads; State Highway, Regional Roads, Local Rural Roads and Urban Streets.
For a full list of our public roads, download our Public Roads Register.
HW12 (State Route B76) Gwydir Highway – 87.54 km
This road is fully funded and administered by the Roads and Maritime Services. Although Council staff provides input into the selection of projects to be funded, Roads and Maritime Services determines the priority of projects and the extent of funding. The maintenance on this road is carried out by Council staff under contract from Roads and Maritime Services.
Regional Roads are roads within the Shire that were constructed and were formerly maintained by the Department of Main Roads (DMR). They are now maintained by Council staff under the “Block Grant Agreement” administered by the Roads and Maritime Services.
The regional roads within Inverell Shire are:
- MR462 Bruxner Way: 104.04km
- MR63 Warialda Road: 32.28km
- MR73 Bundarra Road: 16.00km
- MR134 Bingara Road: 18.12km
- MR135 Guyra Road: 29.71km
- MR137 Ashford Road/Bonshaw Road: 93.92km
- MR138 Texas Road: 3.50km
- MR187 Yetman Road: 92.98km
- TOTAL: 390.55km
Capital Works Projects on Regional Roads are funded by REPAIR program, R2R, ACRD and Block Grant funds. Maintenance of the regional road network is funded by the “Block Grant”, administered by the Roads and Maritime Services.
Local Rural Roads
Maintenance of the local road network is fully funded by Council from Rates Revenue (General Fund). Capital Works Projects are funded by ACRD, R2R and Rates Revenue (General Fund).
Capital Works Projects on Urban Streets are fully funded by Council from Rates Revenue (General Fund). Maintenance of urban streets is also fully funded by Council from Rates Revenue (General Fund).
- Inverell Streets 102.76km
- Ashford Streets 13.29km
- Delungra Streets 7.68km
- Village Streets 29.75km
- Total 153.48km
Rural Maintenance Program
The Rural Shire Roads System is made up by a network of interconnecting through roads and non-through roads which service the rural community. Factors influencing the maintenance of specific roads include:
- Provision of a service link between towns
- Tourist routes
- School bus routes
- Traffic volume (AADT’s and heavy vehicle usage)
- Flood free access
Using these factors, a road classification system has been designed which provides a road network system that whilst eliminating duplication of close parallel collector roads, provides a reasonable means of transport via minor roads to the collector road system. Council’s maintenance funds are limited and hence must be expended wisely in areas of greatest need.
The definitions of the Shire Road categories are:
- Category A – Arterial: Major service link road between centres, or tourism route used for access and transport for through traffic and providing a link for Category L and M. CAT A (Arterial) – Full maintenance activity including a notional target of 2 x gradings per year (additional grading required if excessive wet weather/flooding), drainage works, gravel resheeting on an 8-year cycle approx.
- Category C – Collector: Minor service link road between centres or route used for non-local access, transport for through traffic and providing a link for Category L & M roads. CAT C (Collector) -Full maintenance activity including a notional target of 2 x gradings per year (additional grading required if excessive wet weather/flooding), drainage works, gravel resheeting on an 8-year cycle approx.
- Category L – Access: Local access or non-through road used by more than two properties with residences. CAT L (Access) – Limited maintenance activities restricted to a notional target of 1 x grade/year (additional grading required if excessive wet weather/flooding) minor drainage works. Gravel resheeting on a less frequent basis.
- Category M – Minor: Minor access non-through road providing access to 1 or 2 properties with residences. CAT M (Minor) – Restricted Maintenance Only. Notional target of 1 grade/2 year (additional grading required if excessive wet weather/flooding) drainage work in table and mitre drain only, cyclic graveling works in conjunction with a voluntary self-help program.
Emergency road repairs (for instance following storm damage or flooding) and isolated faults are attended to according to the Risk Management Policy (Roads). Under this policy, urgent matters are to be inspected within an average of four hours from notification, and repairs effected within an average of two days.
Councils policy requires a notional target of 1518km of maintenance grading to be conducted each year. For 2014/2015 the average cost of grading was $858.00 per km.
In addition to the normal grading cycle, unsealed road surfaces deteriorate over time as the fine portion of the gravel surface is lost as dust. New gravel is brought in, in accordance with the classification of the road. Depending on the distance from the nearest suitable gravel pit, the typical cost of gravel resheeting for a 100mm overlay is in the order of $17,500 per km.
Council undertakes a gravel resheet program each financial year based on funding available and a priority basis as determined by Council’s Asset Management System.
View the link “Gravel Resheet Program 2017/18“ for the current program.
Bitumen surfaces deteriorate due to vehicle wear and oxidation and need to be resealed with a target cycle of 15 years. The current cost of resealing for rural roads is $3.40 per square metre, which equates to $20,400 per km for a typical rural road.
Council undertake a bitumen resurfacing program each financial year based on funding available and a priority basis as determined by Council’s Asset Management System.
View the “Bitumen Resurfacing Program 2017/18” for the current program.
Sealed Pavement Rehabilitation
The bitumen surface is supported by gravel pavement material (road base). Such pavements have a design life of 30 years, however often last beyond this (or are required to last beyond this due to insufficient resources). As older pavements are renewed the road is redesigned to Austroad standards, providing a safer and more comfortable alignment. The typical cost of a rural rehabilitation project is a minimum of $200,000 per km, but may be up to twice this cost depending on the number of bulk earthworks (cuttings etc) and new drainage structures.
Council conducts a routine risk inspection of the road network, giving priority to the higher classes of road. Regional roads are inspected quarterly, with all roads inspected at least once per year. Each annual cycle involves 5,804km of inspection.
As defects (such as potholes, damaged signs and guideposts etc.) are located, the information is logged using GPS and recorded in field computers. Maps of defects are then made available to maintenance staff to conduct repairs. The information is also used to help determine funding allocations to roads requiring an upgrade.
Disabled Parking Bays
Within the Central Business District of Inverell, exclusive parking bays are available for those with a disability who are current holders of a Roads and Maritime Services issued disabled parking permit. These parking bays can be identified by parking signs marked with the universal symbol. Further information regarding Disabled Parking may be found on the Roads and Maritime Services website.
For the current disabled parking bays in the Inverell township, please see our Disabled Parking map below.
|Disabled Parking Map – Inverell Township [2Mb]|
B-Double routes can be found on the Roads and Maritime Website under the – RMS RAV link.