Council Works Program

Warragamba Panorama

Wollondilly Shire Council works hard to make sure the assets we are responsible for, are well maintained for the community to use. We maintain lots of the roads across Wollondilly, parks, footpaths, playgrounds, community halls and much more. It is important to us, that the work we carryout is done in a proactive way to ensure our assets can continue to effectively serve the community, so we have developed an Asset Management Strategy to help us do that.

We also know that roads are important to our community so we have developed a Roads Renewal Program that can be accessed online, so the community can see exactly what works we have planned for our roads, as well as when they will be happening and how we are tracking. 

Council Works Program Information

Council Works Program Information

FAQs

One of the most common things we hear from the community about roadworks is...

"Why are you resurfacing that road!? It looks perfectly OK to me. You should be spending our rates on roads that really need fixing!"

Although you may see us doing roadworks that seem to be unnecessary or of low priority there's actually good reason for this work. We all know it's a false economy to wait until paint is flaking before you repaint. If you do that, the job ends up being a lot bigger and more expensive, often with more repairs being needed. Better to paint at regular intervals over time to keep the surface performing its function as a protective layer.

Looking after roads is similar. While the road structure underneath (the "pavement") is designed to last for up to 80 years, the surface lasts only 10-15 years. If left to deteriorate, water seeping through the surface will damage the pavement requiring more expensive repairs. This is why Council's Asset Management Strategy considers the life cycle of a typical road and separates roadworks into 3 phases.

  • Phase 1: Surface Treatment

The road surface is less than 10-15 years old with little or no surface defects. Looking after roads in this phase prevents them from deteriorating to Phase 2. These surface treatments can include rejuvenation surfacing to counter the effects of oxidisation of the bitumen, micro-surfacing or just a new spray seal wearing course.

  • Phase 2: Heavy Patching and Surface Treatment

These roads haven't had a surface treatment in the last 10-15 years and have some surface defects including cracks and potholes. The cost of a Phase 2 project is usually three times more than a Phase 1 project. The worst roads in Phase 2 should be prioritised first, to prevent them from deteriorating into Phase 3.

  • Phase 3: Reconstruction

The roads have deteriorated to such an extent that full reconstruction is required. A Phase 3 project is usually three times more expensive than a Phase 2 project.

The majority of our roads are in Phase 1 and 2 and the challenge is to stop these roads from deteriorating into Phase 3. Over time, by intervening in Phase 1 and 2, the list of roads in Phase 3 will decrease and the overall condition of our roads will improve. This approach ensures that relatively good roads are not left to deteriorate, thereby avoiding expensive repairs in the future, while also having a road reconstruction program for those roads that are in poor condition. 

Road Graphic

Important Information:

Road Renewal Works Fact Sheet

Unformed Roads Fact Sheet