Roads in the region
Council is responsible for over 3,000km of sealed and gravel roads across the region.
To protect and prolong the life or our roads, Council works with a number of bodies including Transport for NSW and the Mid North Weight of Loads Group, as well as managing our own regular maintenance programs.
The Local Traffic Committee and Transport Working Group provide technical advice and guidance to Council on a range of initiatives to raise public awareness and improve the safety of the region's roads.
Find out about work happening now
We regularly update LiveTraffic with our latest schedules and road work. We recommend checking there as your first point of call.
This week (Starting 20/09/2022)
1 Western Crew – Willians Lane
2 Northern Crew – Watsons Creek Road
3 Eastern Crew – Woolomin Gap Road
4 Southern Crew – Old Wallabadah Road
5 Brycon Civil – Inlet Road
*All work is dependant on weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Report a pot hole or road maintenance concern
Simply download the free MyTRC App and report it! This will ensure your road issue is prioritised.
MyTRC is the fastest and most reliable way to ensure your road concern is resolved as quickly as possible.
If you can’t report it straight away, take a photo and note the location.
If the matter is urgent, please report it directly on 1300 733 625.
How do I report an issue?
Simply download the free MyTRC App via the App Store and report it! This will ensure your road issue is prioritised.
Why hasn’t my road been fixed yet?
Due to three Natural Disasters, higher than average rainfall and several significant storm events over the last 12-18 months, our road network has deteriorated, creating a substantial volume of work for our road maintenance teams.
As an immediate response to this feedback and the sheer number of roads within our LGA which require urgent repairs, Council has allocated $7,000,000 in additional road maintenance resources over the coming months.
We are also seeking grant funding from the State and Federal to help us to ensure the roads in the region are maintained at a high standard. This is a work in progress and we thank you for your patience.
If you do have a complaint, we recommend heading to MyTRC as that is the most efficient way to report it.
Why do pot holes happen, can’t we prevent them?
Potholes happen when the road seal cracks and water gets under the road surface. Due to significant rain that we’ve had recently, this is becoming a problem right across the region. We are working hard to stay ahead of that.
We know that pothole repairs are a temporary solution, but it’s one of those jobs that needs to be done while we plan the reconstruction of our worst roads.
Because the seal has cracked, when a pothole happens in one area, it is possible another may occur nearby.
Why do other areas have better roads than us?
Road maintenance is an issue for all councils. Residents in other regions experience the same frustrations.
Like many towns across NSW, Tamworth has faced significant rain (post drought) and other extreme weather events over the last 12 to 18 months. Effective maintenance is being made more difficult due to this as our resources are being pulled to wherever the most urgent work is required. We are however dedicating increased resources to avoid significant weather events impacting our regular maintenance schedule.
What is resealing?
Most of our sealed roads are “spray sealed”. This is when a thin layer of sticky bitumen and stone is placed over the road pavement to protect it from water – the same way a coat of paint protects steel.
Over many years the bitumen starts to get brittle and can crack. If this happens, and water gets into the pavement, we start to see potholes suddenly appearing. If the road pavement is still strong and smooth, we can avoid potholes by “re-sealing” with fresh bitumen and stone. This should keep the water out and give us another 10-15 years of smooth driving.
Although most people prefer “smooth” asphalt roads, a spray seal cost about one quarter the price, so we will keep using spray seals on most of our roads so that we can stretch our rates dollars further.
What is Tamworth Regional Council doing to fix the problem?
We are currently allocating increased resources.
With the additional funding the community can expect to see a ramp up in road maintenance in the coming months. We will be engaging, effective immediately, four additional contract maintenance crews on our unsealed roads. They will be grading roads, clearing drains, and helping our Council crews to get our rural roads working well. We will also be investing in our sealed roads, with more resealing and reconstruction work than ever before.
Road Maintenance Programs
Sealed Road Maintenance
Tamworth Regional Council is the road authority for more than 1,200 kilometres of sealed regional and local roads. To keep these roads in good condition, Council has several sealed road maintenance crews that regularly inspect and repair roads where needed. We also re-seal many roads each year.
It is very important that no vehicles are parked on streets on the day that re-sealing works are to take place. Council will notify residents a few days in advance of any re-sealing works via a notice in the mail, so that you can make any necessary arrangements.
Details of major repairs will generally be advertised in the local media. Adverts will outline what type of work will be done, how long it is expected to take and provide details of a Council representative to contact for further information
Gravel Roads Maintenance
There are over 1,900 km of unsealed roads in the Council region, and Council has several crews that inspect and maintain these roads. We also replace gravel on roads (re-sheet) that are in poor condition.
Load Limited Bridges
There are a number of bridges across the region that are subject to weight restrictions. Council has provided a list and map of these load limited bridges and details of the restrictions that apply to them.
Click here to download a map of load-limited bridges (PDF 1.9MB)
|Name of Bridge ||Road Name ||Locality ||Load Limit Value ||Speed Limit Value ||Heavy Vehicle Sidetrack Installed ||Comments |
|Benama Bridge ||Old Wallabadah Road ||Garoo ||12 tonnes ||40km/h ||Yes || |
|Copes Creek Bridge ||West Bank Road ||Woolomin ||N/A ||20km/h ||N/A ||Provisional load limit to be determined by application to Council as not suitable to carry a fully laden semi. |
|Fishers Bridge ||Fishers Lane ||Piallamore ||3 tonnes ||20km/h ||No ||Vehicles over 3 tonnes GVM should detour via Main Road 105 (Nundle Road) and Duri-Dungowan Road |
|Retreat Bridge ||Retreat Road ||Retreat ||N/A ||20km/h ||N/A || |
|Teatree Creek Bridge ||Limbri Weabonga Road ||Weabonga ||Closed ||N/A ||Yes || |
|Walters Bridge ||Kelsos Lane ||Bithramere ||Closed ||N/A ||Yes || |
|Woolomin Bridge || ||Woolomin ||44 tonnes || || || |
Heavy Vehicle Routes
Click here to access the RMS Heavy Vehicle Routes map
Road Safety Education
Click here for information on road safety
Local Traffic Committee
The Traffic NSW is the legislated body responsible for the control of traffic on all NSW roads but it delegates certain aspects of the control of our regional and local roads to Tamworth Regional Council.
Council also plays an important role in the management of road networks by providing traffic input and advice where necessary.
There are guidelines and policies that enable Council to exercise the traffic functions delegated to us by the Traffic NSW.
As part of the management of traffic on a local scale, a Local Traffic Committee (LTC) exists primarily as a technical review committee, which advises Council on some matters.
While the committee has no decision-making powers, any traffic related matters Council wishes to consider must first be referred to the LTC for their recommendation.
The committee is made up of representatives from Council, New South Wales Police, the Traffic NSW and the local State Member of Parliament.
Learn more about how you can get up to date information on what is happening on our local roads with the Transport for NSW, and the Live Traffic website, www.livetraffic.com
Updated regularly by Council and Transport for NSW, Live Traffic has all the information you need on road closures and delays.
Traffic Management for Special Events
Click here for more information on traffic management for special events