Within the Clutha District, roads are managed by two separate roading authorities. Transit New Zealand takes care of the State Highways, while Council maintains all other roads, known as local roads.
With a total roading network of 2916km, the Clutha District has the second largest local roading network in New Zealand. Of that 2916km, 27 % (776km) is sealed and 73% (2140km) is unsealed. Rural roads make up 95% of the total network.
However, roading assets we administer include more than just roads. There are also footpaths, bridges, streetlights and other assets that are associated with roads.
Main roading tasks include road, bridge and culvert maintenance and replacement; reforming and rehabilitating sealed roads; grading and metalling of unsealed roads; footpath maintenance and construction; seal extensions, car park maintenance and construction, street lighting and road safety engineering projects.
The majority of our roading activities are financially assisted by Land Transport New Zealand. For 2008/09 this is at a rate of 60% assistance. This means that local ratepayers have to fund 40% of the bulk of the costs of local roads. However, not all roading activities are eligible for financial assistance, for example, at the moment there is no assistance for footpath renewals and a majority of seal extensions. For information on the Clutha District Council Roading Bylaw, please click here For information on road/bridge closures in the Clutha District, please click here
Extracting Resources - Come and Talk to Us
If you intend to extract timber, gravel or other resources, then you may need to let Council know.
Why? The extraction of gravel, timber or other resources via road can have impacts on the road over and above what Council has anticipated. If you will generate more than 80 heavy vehicle movements in a month or 210 heavy vehicle movements in a year, then we need to know.
How? Before you plan to extract these resources, we need plenty of warning so that our roading engineers can assess the impact on roads that will be used. We require at least 18 monthsí notice and there is a Heavy Vehicle Impact Notice that you can complete and return to Council for this. It is available for download below
If you do not notify us 18 months before the activity and you are over the threshold for heavy vehicle movements, you will have to go through a resource consent process.
Failure to notify Council places other road users at risk and may result in roads being damaged beyond repair!
Heavy Vehicle Impact Notice (PDF, 21kb, opens new window)
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In July 2008, after a lengthy period of public consultation, Council adopted a new Roading Bylaw which consolidated our Stock Droving, Parking and Traffic, and Speed Limit bylaws. It also includes new requirements such as the need for any new dairy conversion or expansion operating on opposite sides of the road to install a stock underpass, unless exempted by Council in some situations. In this brochure, we explain the new requirements under the Roading Bylaw relating to Stock Crossings and Races on Road Reserve.
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In July 2008, after a lengthy period of public consultation, Council adopted a new Roading Bylaw which consolidated our Stock Droving, Parking and Traffic, and Speed Limit bylaws. It also includes new requirements such as making sure you notify us when moving stock in certain situations, and charging for the recovery of costs of repair when it comes to causing damage to the roads. In this brochure, we explain the new requirements under the Roading Bylaw relating to Stock Droving, as well as those existing key requirements carried over from the old bylaws and existing Council policy.
(PDF, 109kb, opens new window)This brochure provides an explanation of Clutha District Councilís policy in respect to trees on private property or road reserve which become a danger to the general public. It has been designed to help make sure roads are not shaded during winter months, to ensure vegetation does not impede visibility at corners or intersections, and to prevent vegetation from becoming a danger to foot pedestrians.
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Produce such as baleage stored in the road corridor can create a number of direct and indirect hazards for motorists. While we live in a rural area and farming activities are an integral part of our district, road safety always has to be the first priority.
In this brochure, we explain Councilís position on the banning of storage of produce in the road corridor and on other causes of damage to the road/footpath.
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This brochure is intended to help those people who wish to erect an advertising sign.