Roads and Traffic

Overview

The road network within the Wingecarribee Shire is made up of State, Regional and Local Roads. Council is responsible for maintaining Regional and Local Roads.

The Operations Division of Council looks after the roads, from pothole patching and resealing to new construction and reconstruction.

The maintenance of unformed roads is the responsibility of the landowners who use the road for access.

Asbestos & Roads

Council's Asbestos Policy provides extensive information relating to New South Wales legislation, the development assessment process, and responsibilities for managing, transportation and disposal of asbestos waste.

Asbestos Management Policy

Road Test Results

In 2012 Wingecarribee Shire Council was notified of the possibility of asbestos within the unsealed road surfaces of several roads in the Robertson area. Council takes any such notification seriously and immediately undertook testing and notified property owners.

Council also notified the appropriate authorities which include the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department of Health and WorkCover NSW.

Upon further investigation a decision was made to check other roads within the Shire which could potentially have an asbestos contamination.

Roads Test Result 20 September 2012(PDF, 64KB)

Roads Test Result 21 September 2012(PDF, 81KB)

Roads Test Result 24 September 2012(PDF, 64KB)

Roads Test Result 26 September 2012(PDF, 75KB)

Roads Test Results 3 October 2012(PDF, 76KB)

To discuss this matter further please contact the hotline 0429 997 193. 

Property owners who would like to receive updates via email rather than post should email their details to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au.

Council is endeavouring to keep the community informed on this matter and working towards an appropriate action plan to address all future concerns. 

Roads in the Shire

The road network within the Wingecarribee Shire is made up of State, Regional and Local Roads. Council is responsible for maintaining Regional and Local Roads.

The Operations Division of Council looks after the roads, from pothole patching and resealing to new construction and reconstruction.

The maintenance of unformed roads is the responsibility of the landowners who use the road for access.

Road Classes

The table below shows type of roads and total length within the shire.

Road Class  Sealed (KM) Unsealed (KM) Total Length (KM)
 State 46.6 0 46.6
 Regional 111.4 38.6 150.0
 Local 709.1 284.7 993.8
 Total 867.1 323.3 1,190.4

Roads & Authorities

Class   Authority & Funding  Roads in Shire
 State

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS)


Council has no determining role in what work is done or funding.

  • Hume Highway and F5 (National Highway)
  • Illawarra Highway
  • Moss Vale/ Bowral/ Mittagong Roads
  • Old Hume Highway (from Mittagong to Aylmerton Interchange)
  • Nowra Road (from Shire Boundary to Sheepwash Road to Moss Vale Road)
  • Sheepwash Road
 Regional

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Funded by annual block grant from the RMS for maintenance and

rehabilitation works determined by council. The repair program 50%

funding for specific rehabilitation or enhancement works.

  • Wombeyan Cave Roads
  • Jamberoo Road
  • Berrima Road/ Taylor Avenue/ Medway Road to the Freeway
  • Sutton Forest/ Bundanoon Road
  • Old Hume Highway, Berrima (from Taylors Avenue to Freeway)
  • Wilson Drive/ Church Avenue
  • Penrose Road
  • Station & Funston Streets, Bowral
 Local

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Funded by council funds applied to local funds applied to Local Roads and include the road component of the Financial Assistance Grants and Roads to Recovery Program.

  • Local roads providing access to property and movement within towns and districts
  • Footpaths, kerb, guttering and sealed shoulders with urban areas on state & Regional Roads

Funding for Roads

Funding for roads varies with regard to the class of road, allocation method (distribution formula, accident record etc.), and the type of work required (specific construction, routine maintenance, untied).

Grant Funding

Repair Program for Regional Roads - State Government program:

  • Provided for specific rehabilitation or enhancement projects
  • Provided on a 50:50 RMS:Council basis
  • Distributed to RMS regions in accordance with Block Grant formula
  • Funds are distributed within the region by the RMS/Council's Consultative Committee, proposals are presented by Council and a program agreed.

Financial Assistance Grants (Road Component)

  • This is a Federal Government grant - untied
  • Funds are distributed by the Grants Commission using a formula which considers road length by surface type, regional zone, climatic zone, availability of materials, population, Council revenue
  • At Council the Financial Assistance Grant (roads) is applied fully to roads as non-specific income

Black Spot Program

  • This is a Federal Government grant from the Federal Office of Road Safety
  • Grants are provided for specific projects
  • Funds are distributed by consideration of the frequency of "injury" accidents and benefit/cost ratio
  • Applications to FORS are co-ordinated in NSW by the RMS

Roads to Recovery (R2R)

  • This is a Federal Government Program
  • The first program ran in 2000/01 to 2004/05, a second program from 2005/06 to 2008/09 and a third from 2009/10 to 2013/14 - Council to receive $788,741 per annum
  • Funds distributed in accordance with the Financial Assistance Grants
  • Council nominates projects based on the Roads to Recovery criteriav

Other - Section 94 Contributions

Other - Section 94 Contributions

  • Collected from development works
  • Caters for growth in traffic due to development
  • Applies to specific projects identified in the Section 94 plan for area 

 

Bicycle Strategy

Cycling Network Maps

Public Exhibition: Stage 2 Bicycle Strategy Towns and Villages of the Southern Highlands

Council received funds from Roads and Maritime Services to develop Stage 2 of a planned 3 Stage comprehensive Bicycle strategy for Wingecarribee Shire. Stage 2 was adopted by Council on 25 May 2016.

The focus of the draft Stage 2 Bicycle Strategy was to identify a proposed network that will promote connectivity between Wingecarribee's rural towns and villages.   

The aim of the Bicycle strategy is to identify and articulate the challenges faced by Council when developing an integrated cycling network and to provide a  'Tool kit' that will guide Council's future consideration and provision of cycling related infrastructure.

Stage 1 Bicycle Strategy

Wingecarribee Shire Council adopted a Bicycle Strategy in November 2008.

The strategy identifies existing and proposed key bicycle routes for Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong and establishes priorities for the  implementation of upgrades and construction of new bicycle routes.

The Wingecarribee Bicycle Strategy aims to: 

  • Improve links to key destinations
  • Identify a network of routes
  • Establish a practical works program for cycling infrastructure
  • Identify cycle paths and facilities that can be used by the whole community
  • Establish priorities for construction work
  • Update the previous bicycle plan proposals to meet current standards
  • Develop a plan that can be used to obtain external grant funding 

Some of the issues considered in developing the updated Bicycle Strategy were: 

  • The topography, such as the steep hills between Mittagong and Bowral
  • The financial and resource constraints faced by Council
  • Existing infrastructure such as major roads and railway lines, the main shopping areas and recreational attractors such as public swimming pools and parks
  • Integrating cycle way development with other Council works
  • Existing cycle routes and desire lines
  • Increased cycle traffic, use of motorised scooters and an aging population
  • The need for a cycle tourism strategy 

The initial strategy was limited in focus to the towns of Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale but the document recommends that other areas of the Shire be addressed in future.

WSC Bicycle Strategy for Bowral, Mittagong & Moss Vale(PDF, 4MB)

Bridges

Bridge Work by Council

Wingecarribee Shire Council is responsible for maintaining bridges on our regional and local roads.

Bridge Work by Other Organisations

Responsible Organisation: Transport for New South Wales

Transport for NSW

Contractor: John Holland Rail

John Holland Rail

Load Limits

You must not drive past a bridge load limit (GROSS MASS) sign or gross load limit sign if the total of the gross mass (in tonnes) of your vehicle, and any vehicle connected to it, is more than the gross mass indicated in the sign.

Please click on the below link for current load limits;

Load Limits(PDF, 97KB)

Pedestrian Access & Mobility Plans

Wingecarribee Shire Council has a responsibility to provide safe, convenient and connected pedestrian routes that will encourage people to walk rather than use their cars. 

Council also has a responsibility to ensure that people who do not have access to cars are able to reach needed facilities in their everyday activities, and that as far as possible, people with a physical disability do not have their access impaired because of that disability.

Bowral, Mittagong & Moss Vale Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan

A Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan (PAMP) for the towns of Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale was completed in 2000 by Geoplan Urban Traffic and Planning. 

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans for Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale(PDF, 1MB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans for Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale - Appendix A(PDF, 8MB)

Council adopted this PAMP on 22 November 2000. 

 

Robertson, Bundanoon & Villages Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan

A Pedestrian Access Mobility Plan (PAMP) study was developed in 2007 for the following localities:

  • Township of Robertson (Stage 1 by QED Pty Ltd), and for the
  • Township of Bundanoon
  • Villages of Avoca, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Balmoral Village, Berrima, Braemar, Colo Vale, Exeter, Fitzroy Falls, Hill Top, Medway, New Berrima, Penrose, Sutton Forest, Welby, Willow Vale, Wingello and Yerrinbool (Stage 2).

These PAMPs were adopted by Council on 26 March 2008.

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans - Robertson(PDF, 3MB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans - Bundanoon Villages(PDF, 631KB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans Bundanoon Villages - Appendix A(PDF, 113KB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans Bundanoon Villages - Appendix B(PDF, 2MB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans Bundanoon Villages - Appendix C(PDF, 2MB)

Pedestrian Access and Mobility Plans Bundanoon Villages - Appendix Maps of Traffic Volumes Crash Statistics(PDF, 2MB)

Report a Pothole

The quickest and easiest way to report a pothole is to use the Snap Send Solve app to capture the exact location and report instantly.

Snap, Send, Solve

Alternatively, to report a pothole on a road that is classified as Regional or Local, contact: 

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Telephone: 02 4868 0888

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

To report a pothole on a road that is classified as State, contact:

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Transport Management Centre

Telephone: 131 700

or by visiting their website by clicking on the below link;

Roads and Maritime

Report Problems with Street Lighting

All street light issues are managed by Endeavour Energy. 

To report a broken street light, please click on the below link;

Snap Send Solve

For further information please contact;

Endeavour Energy 

Telephone: 131 081

Speed Zoning

The Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 empowers the Roads and Maritime Services Authority (RMS) to set the speed limits on New South Wales roads through traffic regulations. 

The RMS determines the speed limits for all roads and road users based on a standardised set of guidelines and national agreements which aim to regulate the maximum speed of travel under good road and travel conditions.

The fundamental principle in setting speed limits for a particular length of road is that the established speed limit should reflect the road safety risk to the road users while maintaining the ability of people to easily get to their destination.

Key factors considered in the establishment of a speed limit include:

  • Crash profile
  • Road function
  • Road use 
  • Roadside development
  • Road characteristics
  • Traffic mix
  • Crash history 
  • The presence of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicycle riders. 

Other factors may also include the number, type and frequency of driveways and intersections which indicate potential conflict points. 

These potential conflict points are considered because they allow vehicles to turn across traffic where there is the chance of a severe ‘t-bone’ type crash occurring.

To receive updates about changes to speed limits, subscribe to Safer Roads NSW's email update list.  

Request a speed zone change

Members of the public can request speed zone changes and raise any queries regarding speed zoning issues with Safer Roads NSW.

Collective comments received through this website, together with crash data and other road safety engineering information will be used to prioritise the roads which require a speed zone review. 

Safer Roads NSW will not respond to every inquiry but will use the information as part of the speed zone review prioritisation process.

Unformed Roads In The Shire

There are a large number of unformed roads across the Wingecarribee Shire. 

For information about Council's responsibilities regarding unformed roads, please see the fact sheet and policy documents below;

Unformed Roads Fact Sheet(PDF, 46KB)

Road Maintenance Policy

Further Information

For more information, please contact;

Roads & Traffic

Telephone: 02 4868 0888

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au