Roads, Streets & Bridges
Yass Valley Council manages approximately $500 million of assets, of which roads are the largest asset category. Yass Valley has a road network of 1,237km, which excludes National Highways & State Roads.
Roads within Yass Valley are broken down into five categories:
- National Highways - Hume Highway, Federal Highway and Barton Highway are funded by the Federal Government with maintenance being undertaken by the State Government's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
- State Roads - Burley Griffin Way and Lachlan Valley Way are funded by RMS and maintained by Yass Valley Council under a contract to the RMS.
- Regional Roads - Wee Jasper Road, Sutton Road, Murrumbateman Road, Yass Valley Way, Gundaroo Road and Burrinjuck Road are maintained by Council but are funded by a grant from RMS.
- Local Roads - Are roads that are owned by the Council and are divided into Urban Roads and Rural Roads and are maintained by Council.
- Crown Roads - Are owned by the State Government and administered by the Department of Industry - Lands & Water.
Barton Highway duplication - advocating on behalf of our community
On Friday, 11 May 2018 the General Manager and I attended an industry briefing session held by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), and addressed by the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey.
At the meeting, it was announced that a section of the Barton Highway set for duplication is anticipated to begin mid-to-late 2019. This duplication, from the ACT border towards Murrumbateman, will form part one of a four-part package provided by the Federal and NSW Liberal Governments.
RMS Executive Director, Roy Wakelin-King explained that the RMS had changed its position on the Barton and moved towards duplication of the road after listening to the passionate pleas of the community and representations made by Yass Valley Council and Sophie Wade in her involvement with the Duplicate the Barton Community Action Group.
We are pleased that the commitment to duplication was reinforced by the Minister and RMS. It is a strong result for the community. We have fought very hard to get to this point and we are pleased that our voices have been heard and that the governments are now getting on with it and we have some dates on a map. We thank Melinda Pavey and Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward for their commitment to understanding the importance of this project to our community and all road users travelling between Yass and Canberra.
We will not stop here, however. There is still much to be done and Council will continue to advocate on behalf of the community to encourage current and future governments until the entire length of the Barton Highway is duplicated.
Following completion of the concept design (to Kaveney’s Road) in September 2018, tenders will be called for a design and construct contract with the plan for works to commence in mid-to-late 2019. The other three parts of the $100 million package include: concept design and environmental assessment for future duplication of the remaining stretch of the road to Murrumbateman; development of a business case for the duplication of the whole length of the highway; and safety work.
Yass Valley Mayor
More information can be found on the RMS website.