Bagnall: Road maintenance in shire 'barely adequate'
IT costs $16,800 per km annually to maintain each of Tweed Shire's 928 sealed roads and $7600 for the 159 unsealed roads.
The figures are contained in a report by council staff which concludes that road maintenance in the shire is "barely adequate" based on the 1600 requests for work received every year.
The report recommends that the remaining 1.4km of gravel on Round Mountain Rd, which carries about 200 vehicles per day, be upgraded and sealed.
But the project is likely to be costly because of the area's steep terrain and the significant property acquisition required.
The report was in response to a council resolution from October last year resulting from a notice of motion from Cr Gary Bagnall.
His resolution called for Round Mountain and any other gravel roads travelled by school buses to be sealed as a matter of priority.
He also called for gravel roads that need to be sealed throughout the shire to be prioritised.
Council staff are recommending that this priority be based on criteria including traffic count, road safety and those which support the economy or bus routes.
The report will be considered at Thursday's council meeting which will be at the Banora Point Community Centre.