Roads Hierarchy

Proposed Roads Hierarchy

Kentish Council is in the process of reviewing the current road hierarchy established and approved by Council in 2008 and having received minor updates since.  A road hierarchy helps establish a desired road standard at times of reconstruction helps prioritise major works and assists justifying the level and frequency of maintenance and expenditure a road receives.  The classification of each road within the hierarchy considers a number of factors including, for example; current and future traffic volumes, through routes, type of and regularity of vehicle and user, strategic influences.

Generally the full length of road will be given one classification typically based on its most trafficked portion; however that road will justifiably receive varying treatment along its length.

In essence Council Officers are principally proposing a like-for-like exchange but including subsequent refinement between the existing and the model Tasmanian Local Government hierarchy as provided by the State Government following working with Local Government representatives.

A listing of all roads currently on Councils register has been developed that shows each road, the length sealed and unsealed, the classification under the current hierarchy and the proposed classification under the new hierarchy.

Whilst staff and the Kentish Council Elected Members have reviewed the proposal there are instances where local knowledge is beneficial.

It needs to be highlighted that only a relatively small proportion of Council annual budget is available for road upgrades (for example widening or sealing gravel roads) as opposed to maintaining the existing network.  Subject to topographic circumstances and other constrains when reconstructing a road every endeavor will be made to bring it in line with its classification within the hierarchy.

In addition to the relevant documents being available on Council’s website a hardcopy of the hierarchy description (note both urban and rural pages exist), the current and proposed hierarchy description and a series of colour coded maps is available for review at the Council Chamber in High Street, Sheffield.  Sections of the plan of interest to individuals can also be e-mailed.

Initial queries can be directed to Council’s Technical Officer, Mr Robert Taylor by phoning 64910200.  Written feedback for further consideration is sought by the end of October 2018.


or mailed to:

General Manager
Kentish Council
PO Box 63
Sheffield 7306



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