Roads and Traffic

Local traffic information at your fingertips

Local road works are now available via the Live Traffic NSW website and app, making it easier for residents and visitors to plan trips in and around the Southern Highlands.

Live Traffic NSW provides traffic information for state and local roads in regional NSW.

View the Live Traffic NSW map

Data is available through third-party apps such as Google and Apple Maps, Waze and TomTom so you’ll get turn-by-turn directions to get you where you need to go. 

Roads in Wingecarribee 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 our region's 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.

To report damage or a road hazard, please phone Council on (02) 4868 0888 (24/7) or notify us online.

Please see the tables below listing the road types and total length of each type within our Shire and the funding sources and responsible authorities for the area's state, regional and local roads.

Road Classes

The table below shows type of roads and total length within our 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 and Funding  Roads in Our Shire

Roads and 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 Road, Bowral Road, Mittagong Road
  • Old Hume Highway (from Mittagong to Aylmerton Interchange)
  • Nowra Road (from Shire boundary to Sheepwash Road to Moss Vale Road)
  • Sheepwash Road

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Funded by annual block grants from the RMS for maintenance and rehabilitation works determined by council. The repair program includes 50% funding for specific rehabilitation or enhancement works.

  • Wombeyan Caves Road
  • Jamberoo Road
  • Berrima Road, Taylor Avenue, and 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 and Funston Streets, Bowral

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Funded by council funds, including from the road component of the Financial Assistance Grants and the Roads to Recovery Program.

  • Local roads that provide access to properties and movement within towns and districts
  • Footpaths, kerb, guttering and sealed shoulders with urban areas on state and regional roads


Asbestos and roads

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

Read our 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.

To discuss this matter further, please contact Council on (02) 4868 0888.

Property owners who would like to receive updates via email rather than post should email their details to

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

Funding for roads

Funding sources for roads vary depending the type of road, accident records, and the type of work required (e.g. 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, and 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 (FORS)
  • Grants are provided for specific projects
  • Funds are distributed by consideration of the frequency of "injury" accidents and benefit/cost ratio
  • NSW applications to FORS are coordinated by the RMS

Roads to Recovery (R2R)

  • Roads to Recovery is a Federal Government program. Read more about Roads to Recovery.
  • 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, with Council to receive $788,741 per annum.
  • Funds are distributed in accordance with the Financial Assistance Grants.
  • Council nominates projects based on the Roads to Recovery criteria.

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
Stage 2 Bicycle Strategy Towns and Villages of the Southern Highlands

Council received funds from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) 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 to promote connectivity between Wingecarribee's rural towns and villages.   

The aim of the strategy is to identify and articulate the challenges faced by Council when developing an integrated cycling network and provide a toolkit to 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 identified existing and proposed key bicycle routes for Moss Vale, Bowral, and Mittagong and established 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 Bicycle Strategy were: 

  • Local topography, such as steep hills between Mittagong and Bowral
  • Financial and resource constraints faced by Council
  • Existing infrastructure such as major roads and railway lines, the main shopping areas, and recreational attractions such as public swimming pools and parks
  • Integrating cycleway development with other Council works
  • Existing cycle routes and desired lines
  • Increased cycle traffic, use of motorised scooters and an ageing 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.

Read the WSC Bicycle Strategy for Bowral, Mittagong & Moss Vale.


Bridge works by Council

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

Bridge works by other organisations

Responsible irganisation: Transport for NSW

Contractor: 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 by the sign.

See the the current Load Limits(PDF, 97KB) for various roads in the Shire.

Pedestrian access and 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, 632KB)

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

To report a pothole on a road that is classified as a regional or local road:

Request a Service 

Report potholes or other road surface issues on state roads

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

Call 131 700 or submit your feedback online to Transport for NSW.

Report problems with street lighting

All street light issues are managed by Endeavour Energy. 

You can report a broken street light online via 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;

For more roads service requests

Request a Service