Policy Review - Roadside Maintenance

Attachment 1

Roadside Maintenance - Policy Review February 2008
















Adopted: 7 December 2006  

Last reviewed: 2008  




1.0       Policy objective


To set in place a range of work practices that determines Councils acceptable level of roadside maintenance activities.


2.0       Related legislation

3.0       Definitions

4.0       Policy statement




4.1        Mowing of Footpath Verges


·      Council will only mow footpath verges on a regular basis under the following conditions:


·      the footpath is an integral part of an adjacent park or reserve.


·      the footpath is the frontage for Council owned land for which Council provides mowing (eg Council’s Administrative Centre).


·      Council will only mow footpath verges on a needs basis if road and pedestrian safety is an issue where a sight restriction has been created at an urban intersection by vegetation growth.


4.2        Use of Herbicides


·      Councils pesticide notification plan applies.


·      The use of herbicides must comply with the label instructions.


·      Weed control using herbicide can be carried out on the main arterial roads into the towns eg Mann Street, to control growth in gutters, footpaths, median strips, fencing and guardrail as required.


·      Weed control using herbicide can be carried out in the commercial areas of towns and villages to control growth in pavers, footpaths, against buildings, around electricity poles and landscaping as required.


·      Weed control using herbicide can be carried out in recreation areas including beaches, parks and reserves to control growth and to create efficient maintenance as required.  Such work can include grass control around bench seating, shelters, drains, fencing, playgrounds and the like




4.3        Mowing of Rural Roadsides


·      The road shoulder of bitumen sealed roads is to be mown by a tractor by a tractor/slasher combination where the terrain permits.


      Mowing is to be restricted to the immediate shoulder adjacent to the bitumen edge.  The typical width of mowing will be 1.0 – 2.0 metres in width.  Council does not require mowing of the road reserve to the fenced boundary at level areas or over the top of cuttings.


      The following exceptions will apply:


      Intersections                      Mow area to ensure adequate sight distance for motorists.

                                                Reason – Road Safety


      Public Halls                       Mow the frontage of halls and parking areas.

                                                Reason – Maintenance of Public Facilities


      Stockpiles                          Mow around gravel stockpiles

                                                Reason – To reduce fire hazard and weed growth


      The main arterial roads are to be mown 2 to 3 times a year with lesser roads mown 1 to 2 times a year.


·      The mowing of steep batters and around structures such as bridges, behind guardrails is to be undertaken by a “slope” mower on both sealed and unsealed roads.


      This type of mowing is undertaken for the following reasons:-


·      To ensure adequate sight distance for motorists on bends and narrow roads.

·      To provide adequate clearance from the road pavement to roadside vegetation for vehicles.

·      To remove the debri of herbicide treated weeds such as lantana.

·      To retain adequate sight distance at structures such as bridges.


      This is a rolling program that addresses identified problem areas but with the aim of working through all roads over time.


4.4        Use of Herbicides


·      Council’s pesticide notification plan applies


·      The use of herbicides must comply with the label instructions.


·      Weed control using herbicide can be used to control vegetation growth for a width of 1.0 metres against the edge of the bitumen should this be necessary to assist the mowing program.


·      Weed control using herbicide can be used to control dense vegetation such as lantana where it is deemed not practical to mow.


·      Gravel roads can be subject to encroachment on the edges from vegetation growth.  This does not apply to all roads but where such vegetation is growing in the watertable, on road shoulders and in gravel windows generally within 1.5 metres of the road edge it will be sprayed with herbicide if required in advance of grading and gravel maintenance and contamination of the road making material and improving the efficient operations of the equipment.


·      The control of roadside vegetation on road reserves will at times require the removal of earth, trees and other vegetation by using earthmoving equipment such as excavators.


5.0        History


            This policy replaced the following policies:-

·      Policy No 1 (S22) – Mowing of Urban Footpath Verges.

·      Policy No 6 (R10) – Road Shoulder Herbicide Use

This policy defines the scope of works for:-

·      Contract 5446 – Roadside Mowing.