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Roads & Bridges

Contact Us

For roading emergencies please phone +64 3 689 0000.

For other roading enquiries please email

What Do We Do Now?

Council is responsible for the day-to-day operation, maintenance, renewal and improvement of the district's local roading network excluding State Highways No 1 and 82 which are managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Council also provides other assets such as footpaths and street lights.

NZTA is responsible for all State Highways, including SH1 and SH82 which service our District. They are an important part of the overall roading network of the Waimate District. Council works with NZTA and the Regional Transport Committee to meet its obligations with regard to roading and to be consistent with the Regional Land Transport Strategy.

Roading Assets As at June 2014

Asset Description Type/Quantity Replacement Cost
Land 2,678Ha $58,466,000

Sealed - 641km

Unsealed - 696km


Culverts - 2,885

Concrete Fords - 77

Kerb and Channel - 47km




Bridges 182 $31,026,049
Footpaths 59.7km $4,506,000
Traffic Signs 3,881 $470,000

Traffic Posts

Traffic Facilities/Street Lighting




Other Facilities Bollards, bike stands, edge marker,
posts, litter bins etc
Total Roading Assets$406,669,000

Regular Tasks

  • Sealed Roads: Pavement maintenance, reseals and seal widening
  • Unsealed Roads: Grading and metalling
  • Drainage: Maintenance and renewal of surface drains and culverts
  • Bridges: Maintenance and renewal of Districts bridges
  • Footpaths: Maintenance, cleaning and renewal of footpaths
  • Traffic Services: Maintenance and renewal of lighting, signs and pavement marking
  • Environmental Maintenance: Routine care and attention of the road corridor includes snow ice control, vegetation control, removal of slips, litter and spillages
  • Network and Asset Management: Management and control of the road network and road assets, includes bridge structural inspections and Road Assessment and Maintenance Management system (RAMM)

Why Do We Do It?

Waimate District Council is defined under legislation as the "Road Controlling Authority" for the District's roads. As such it is required by law to control activities on roads, although it may choose the service level at which it will maintain a road and whether or not to maintain or form a road with limited public benefit.

The purpose of road assets is to provide a sustainable, safe, convenient, comfortable and cost effective road network for the movement of people, goods and vehicles throughout the Waimate District.

How Do We Do It?

Council staff manage the roading network with some assistance from consultants. The network is maintained through a competitively tendered multi-year contract. Other work such as resealing and large renewal projects are let as competitively priced contracts on a year-by-year need basis.

The road network is maintained to a standard that provides safe and comfortable road transport, within the limit of available funds. Council has prepared an Activity Management Plan, which sets out the basis and standard to which roads will be managed and maintained. Council also participates in Community Road Safety programmes delivered in conjunction with Timaru and Mackenzie District Councils.

New Zealand Transport Agency subsidise road maintenance and construction work 51% and 61% respectively. Footpaths and car parks are funded from rates. The Districts roads have been categorised into demand based groups. The groups are based on Urban and Rural roads and traffic

Where Are We Headed?

Traffic demand on rural roads varies significantly depending on the adjacent land use. Seasonal agricultural activity and development work can result in short periods of significant heavy traffic. The recent changing land use from cropping/sheep to dairy has increased heavy vehicles on our roads especially milk tankers and wide farm vehicles. This increase in heavy traffic accelerates the deterioration and increases the maintenance requirement of the effected roads.

Generally the district's rural roads are predominantly low trafficked and the standard of the network is adequate except for a deficiency in seal width. Council has a programme of seal widening. There are no identified needs to expand the network with new sealing or roads. Therefore, the focus is on maintenance and renewals.