FAQs about roadworks

If you’ve got a question about our roadworks program you’ve come to the right place.

We are often asked why a perfectly good road is being resealed, while a worn-out road is patched. Or why part of a road is reconstructed while another part of the same road is resealed. View our FAQs below, or if your question remains unanswered use the form to “Ask an Engineer”.

Frequently asked questions

'Why are the roads not completed properly?'

Roads in the MidCoast region vary significantly in their age and condition, the volume of traffic they carry, and the purpose they serve for our community.

This means each roadworks project we undertake is treated individually after an extensive assessment by our engineers.

In some cases a complete reconstruction offers good value for money, while in other cases temporary patching provides the desired outcome. Learn more about the different techniques we use.

'Why does it take so long to finish the job?'

While there are many factors that impact the timeframes that apply to roadworks projects – weather being one of primary culprits – our engineers plan works schedules carefully to minimise disruption to traffic.

This includes avoiding or stalling works on busy roads during peak holiday periods or during major events.

In some cases a project may be partially completed, with crews returning at a later date to apply a final seal, usually when the weather conditions are suitable.

'How much does it cost to repair a road?'

Our engineers apply a value-for-money approach when planning roadworks across the region.

While reconstructing the entire network would be ideal, at approximately $1million per kilometre (and with over 3,000km of roads in total), it’s simply not affordable.

Part of our bang-for-buck approach is to focus on sustaining or extending the life of the road, and in doing so minimise ongoing maintenance costs.

'Why do we patch roads instead of resurfacing them properly?'

Not only does resealing a road provide protection for the underlying layers, it’s a great way to improve the road’s visual appearance.

However resealing can only be undertaken if the underlying road pavement is still in a sound condition.

Much like painting a rotting timber house… the new paint job is throwing good money after bad.

For roads where the road has already failed under the surface, patching provides a cost-effective, temporary solution, particularly for roads that aren’t required to cater for heavy volumes of traffic.

'How do we prioritise what roads we do?'

After assessing the roads and bridges across the region, our engineers plan their annual works programs carefully, taking into account factors such as the volume of traffic each road carries, the age and condition of the road, what maintenance costs are required to maintain a safe travel route, and whether the road poses a safety risk for our community.

Works are broken down into major projects (Capital Works) to reconstruct or rehabilitate roads, and maintenance projects such as gravel resheeting and pothole patching.

'Why only complete part of a road when there are other areas of the same road that need attention too?'

When a long road needs significant work it simply isn't feasible to do the entire stretch of road all at once.

It's best for commuters, as well as staff and contractors, to concentrate on up to one kilometre at a time. This process allows wait times to be manageable, otherwise we would see significant traffic buildup the longer it takes traffic to slow and travel through the workzone. 

We also need to take into account that while the surface may be damaged, the sub-surface can be in a completely different condition along the length of the road, requiring a different method to reconstruct - sometimes necessitating different contractors and equipment.

If you’ve ever wondered what the blue poles are along our roadsides, they’re used to help our engineers identify segments of a road.

We use this technique because quite often the condition of a road varies along its complete length.

If one section is failing – for example near a busy intersection – while other parts of the same road are still functioning well, it makes good “value for money” sense to target only the failed section.

It may also be a factor of allocating funding across the region, so different sections of the same road may be scheduled for work over different time periods.

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Please note, if you’re enquiring about works on a specific road, log your question or request using the Report and Request form.

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