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Roads and infrastructure
Council plans, constructs and maintains roads, drains, footpaths and other public infrastructure throughout the region. The Gladstone Region incorporates 390km of asphalt streets and roads, 560km of bitumen seal roads and a total of 1448km of gravel roads.
Council has direct responsibility for the maintenance of its road network however the Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for several roads that pass through the region. In other instances, Council constructs roads on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Capital funding is allocated each year to try and meet the asphalt overlay and bitumen reseal requirements. Road reconstruction and upgrades are required at times due to the road reaching its designed life. Roads are assessed on condition and predicted traffic increases and then prioritised for future capital works programs.
Council’s roads are allocated to a southern, western and central region. Throughout the region, asset inspectors continually inspect roads, footpaths, car parks, drainage structures, bridges, boat ramps and jetties. The workforce consists of a combination of crews to deal with reactive and programmed maintenance and capital works. Reactive road maintenance involves response to repairs created by unexpected events such as car accidents and weather damage.
Each road within the region has an assigned hierarchy and is categorised on a scale according to its design and purpose.
This determines inspection requirements, including a schedule of when roads should be inspected and criteria for maintenance.
- Sealed roads and carparks
- Kerbs, medians and channels
- Road drainage
- Underground stormwater
- Open drains.
To enhance Council's preparedness for disaster events, several cameras have been installed in the southern part of the region where flooding often occurs, closing roads for extended periods of time.
For information on road closures, visit RegionWatch
To construct a new driveway, alter or modify an existing driveway, approval is required from Council in the form of a driveway permit. To obtain a permit the applicant must complete an application to construct a driveway (vehicle crossover) form and submit to Council with the application fee.
Applications should be made a minimum of 10 business days prior to the commencement date of works. The proposed driveway works must not commence until a permit is received from Council. An inspection is required prior to installing the driveway and the applicant must contact Council to book an appointment for the inspection.
Applications can be lodged online, visit www.online.gladstone.qld.gov.au go to the applications Icon and follow the prompts. The Applicant can also download a copy of the form and Council’s standard conditions.
Carrying out works on a road or interfering with a road or its operation requires a permit from Council this includes erecting temporary fencing, barricading and/or plant/material on road or footpath.
Types of works on roads are:
- General works on roads including footpaths
- Event, festival, march, parade, procession (open/occupy road or disrupt traffic flow)
- Connect to Council stormwater drain
- Gates and grids Installation.
To obtain a permit the applicant must complete an application to carry out works on a Council road form and submit to Council with the application fee. Application with payment must be submitted to Council a minimum of 21 business days prior to proposed commencement date of work. A copy of Council's standard conditions are available online.
Council's Gates and Grids policy assists the implementation of Subordinate Local Law No.1.16 (Gates and Grids) 2011 for the installation, maintenance and administration of gates and grids spanning Council-controlled roads. This ensures that:
- Installation and maintenance meet appropriate safety standards
- No unreasonable interference or disruption to the use of the road occurs
- Appropriate indemnities are in place to protect Council and the public against loss or damage.
The policy does not apply to gates and grids at property entrances or on property boundaries where the gate or grid is not on a Council-controlled road.
To obtain a permit to install a gate or grid, the applicant must complete an application to carry out works on a Council road form and submit to Council with the application fee. Once the gate or grid has completed the installation stage, the owner must complete an application for gates and grids and submit to Council with the application fee.
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