Roads and Footpaths
We look after 896km of roads, the majority (550km) are unsealed. There are also 118 bridges and 100km of footpaths in the District.
We fund road maintenance and renewal work from rates as well as receiving a subsidy for specific projects from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
The NZTA is also responsible for state highways in the District.
Who to contact if there is a problem
If you are aware of any issues with roads or footpaths, please tell us. The best way is to use our app Antenno. If it’s an emergency, please phone (03) 209-0330.
Who looks after the roads?
All work on roads in the District is carried out by contractors employed by the Council. Our current contractors are:
- K2 & Fulton Hogan - gravel and sealed road maintenance, signs and bridge maintenance
- Powernet - street light maintenance
- Fulton Hogan – resealing
- SVC – vegetation control
- McDonough Contracting & Central Western Roading - footpaths
With 550km of gravel roads in the District, maintenance is a major job.
A number of factors determine how frequently we grade gravel roads. These include:
- the amount and makeup of traffic on the road,
- weather conditions
Our gravel roads are inspected on a four, eight or 12 weekly cycle, depending on these factors.
A road is only graded if an assessment shows it needs to be done. This avoids the cost of excessive grading. A roller attached to the grader compacts the surface and extends the grading cycle.
There are 100km of footpaths in the District and the Council is committed to maintaining them to as high a standard as possible. We have a programme to systematically renew or replace footpaths in urban areas.
How are footpaths funded?
Route maintenance is funded through targeted rates in either the urban or rural areas. Renewal or replacement work is fund by loan. This is repaid via targeted rating.
A number of years ago the Council instigated a footpath renewal programme after identifying a significant number of faulty footpaths in Gore and Mataura.
The programme is generally run in conjunction with the urban reseal programme. This means the year before a street is due to be resealed, we replace any faulty footpaths and other infrastructure, such as kerbing.
Streets provisionally programmed for reseal are listed in the Council's Annual Plan.