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Scheduled unsealed road maintenance programs

unsealed road grading

Council's unsealed road grading maintenance schedule is available to view in the tables below. Council is responsible for managing over 450km of unsealed road in our local government area. The majority of these roads are graded every 12 months, with the more heavily trafficked roads graded every 6 months. 

Four maintenance grading crews operate on a continual basis to manage these unsealed roads. This work mainly consists of grading the roadway to produce a consistent and even road surface, free from potholes and corrugations. Grading is also done with the aim of producing a sloped road surface to prevent water pooling on the road surface, which causes potholes or soft spots.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council has temporarily suspended the unsealed road grading programme due to the limited availability of water.  The grading schedule dates will be updated upon recommencement of grading.

Unsealed Road Grading Schedule for 2019-20

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View a listing of roads that are graded every 6 months.

Note: This table is updated quarterly.

 Unsealed Road Name   Anticipated Next Grading Date
 Ballengarra Bransdon Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Blackbutt Rd (East)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading  
 Bril Bril Bottlebrush Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Byabarra Bagnoo Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Forbes River Rd (South)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Herons Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Logans Crossing Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Lorne Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Maria River Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Old Kempsey Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pappinbarra Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pipe Clay Rd (East)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Rawdon Island Rd (South)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Stoney Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 The Hatch Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Toms Creek Rd (North)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Wingham Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading

View a listing of roads that are graded every 12 months.

Note: This table is updated quarter

To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading

 Unsealed Road Name  Anticipated Next Grading Date
 Amos Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Apple Tree Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Araluen St  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Baileys Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bartletts Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Batar Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Beach St  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bell Haven Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bengal Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Berryman Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bill Hill Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bitter Ground Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Black Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Blackbutt Rd (East)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Blackbutt Rd (West)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Blanches Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Blue Gum Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Boat Harbour Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bobs Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Boytrang Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Brookhouse Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Browns Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Bulli Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Caparoos Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cedar Loggers Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cedar Wood Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Charlie Watt Reserve  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Churchills Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Clarefield Dungay Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Clayworths Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cluleys Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cobb and Co Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cooks Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Coombes Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Costigans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cowal Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cutlers Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Cutty Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Deauville Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Deep Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Dog Track Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Doyles Rd   To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ducks Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ducks Ridge Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Dunbogan Tip To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Eastern Boundary Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Elands/Collings Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Elfords Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ennis Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Farrawells Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Fegans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Fernbank Creek Rd   To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Fishers Ridge Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Forbes River Rd (North)  
 Foxes Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Foxs Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Freemans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Gills Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Glen Ewan Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Grants Beach Access  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Gum Scrub Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hacks Ferry Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hannam Vale Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hartys Plains Rd (North)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hartys Plains Rd (South)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Haydons Wharf Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Henry Kendall Reserve To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Herbert Gill Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Herberts Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hewens Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hibbard Dr Carpark To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Huntingdon Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hursley Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Hyndmans Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Innes View Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Isaacs Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ivers Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Jones Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Kindee Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Koppin Yarrat Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Koree Island Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Lansdowne Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Lantana Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Latimores Rd (East)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Latimores (West)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Lemon Gum Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Little Bago Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Littles Loop Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Llanthony Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Long Flat Rec Ground  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Manbridges Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 McGilvray Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 McLeods Cl  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 McWhirters Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Mi Trotters Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Middle Rock Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Molly Milligan Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Monaghans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Mooney St  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Mortons Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Mount Gibraltar Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Mundays Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Muscio Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Myall Scrub Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Narrow Gut Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Nelsons Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 North Branch Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 North Wall Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Old Coach Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Old King Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Old Mill Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Old School Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Orara Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pappinbarra Rd (Left Arm)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pappinbarra Rd (Right Arm)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Parsons Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Phyiffers Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pilot Beach Tracks  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pine Scrub Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Pipe Clay Rd (12mth,West) To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Playfords Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ponsfords Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Rawdon Island Rd (North)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ready Money Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Red Hill Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Riverbend Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Roachs Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Roseneath Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Rosewood Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Rowsells Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Roys Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Ryans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sandfly Alley  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Scotts Plains Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Shark Beach Reserves  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sharkeys Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Smiths Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sommervilles Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Spokes Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sponneys Bay / Tennis Crts  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Stage Coach Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Stennets Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Stevens St  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sullivans Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sun Valley Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Sunnyvale Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 The Cedars Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Tilbaroo Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Tipperary Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Toms Creek Rd (South)  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Tower Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Tuffins Lane Carpark To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Upper Rollands Plains Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Upsalls Ck Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Wallis Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Walters Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 West Frazers Creek Rd  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Wood St Lane  To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
 Woodlands Rd To be confirmed upon recommencement of grading
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Why has there been a delay with grading my road? 

On occasion there are circumstances outside our control that affects the grading program and results in delays to the planned grading schedule. These circumstances may include adverse weather conditions and other maintenance works requiring immediate attention. However, we remain dedicated to undertaking the grading works in a timely manner. 

Successful road maintenance grading is dependent on weather. Grading works during and after wet weather causes damage to the road pavement, so maintenance grading starts again when the road pavement has sufficiently dried out.

How is an unsealed road graded? 

A grader is used to clear gravel from the roadside edge drains, and trim the top layer of road gravel to produce an even road surface. Sometimes we may use a water cart to then spray the road surface and any loose gravel, which helps to achieve the desired compaction. A smooth drum roller is then used to compact the gravel. The grader may then do a final pass to trim any high spots.

Will I receive notification of when grading will occur on my road? 

Generally, for normal maintenance grading activities, Council doesn't send out letters of notification to residents before starting work. Residents will be notified if road closures are required, however this rarely happens.

Water use in unsealed road grading

Water is essential in the use of unsealed road grading to bind the gravel material together effectively, and reduce the rate of natural road deterioration. We aim to use water points within 15km (round trip) of our grading sites so the road doesn’t dry out before we can compact the material with water. Where possible we fill up at the major creeks and rivers in accordance with legislation, however like many others at the moment, have found that many of our usual water points have dried up.

We’ve been using reclaimed water from the Dunbogan Waste Water Treatment Plant over the past few months, and in the future will also consider using reclaimed water from the Kew and Bonny Hills Plants, once current upgrades are completed. Additionally we are also investigating licence conditions to allow the use of final effluent from the new Sewer Treatment Plants in Comboyne, Long Flat and Telegraph Point once construction is complete… and from the existing Wauchope Treatment Plant. The water gains from these plants might not change the situation drastically but we understand that every drop counts.

We will continue to work with our community to deliver our unsealed road grading program whilst continuing our commitment to conserving water.

 

 

 

 

This page was last updated on: 04 December 2019