A road

Major roads such as the Pacific Highway are state roads which are owned and maintained by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Regional roads like Mowbray Road are owned by the RMS but are maintained by Willoughby Council. We own and maintain the 210 kilometres of local road in the area.

If you would like to enquire about road maintenance, please contact Willoughby City Council.

If a road is to last, it has to be built well. The more traffic a road carries, the more often it needs to be serviced if it’s going to last as long as it ought. There are two kinds of roads, flexible or rigid. Concrete reinforced rigid roads are more expensive to built but last longer and have less maintenance costs.

Road maintenance is funded by Council’s general revenue, the special road levy, and grants from State and Federal Governments. Contractors carry out most roadwork.

Common road defects are:

  • Corrugations and rutting on the surface. This is usually caused by water getting into the sub base, or traffic loads being heavier than the road was designed to carry.
  • Cracks caused by age. Water gets to the sub base through these cracks and causes softening, which eventually leads to potholes.
  • Broken edges. These are found on roads without kerbs or gutters. When vehicles drive over the edges they start to come apart.

A permit is required to carry out work within Council’s road network.


A footpathCouncil provides and looks after about 480 kilometres worth of footpath. All footpaths, even along State roads, are maintained by Council.

Our goal is to provide safe footpaths that are accessible by all members of the community, including those in wheelchairs and prams. Ramps at the kerb and mid-street crossings are part of this.

Footpaths are audited regularly to see which need fixing and in what priority. We will investigate complaints made and fix problems where they exist.

We prioritise maintenance by:

  • Existing condition
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Location and amount of pedestrain traffic
  • Public transport routes

Common footpath problems are:

  • Cracking caused by vehicles, poor base preparation, clay soils under the path, or a lack of expansion joints
  • Dips due to the base not being compacted properly or water washing it away
  • Bumps made by tree roots
  • General aging of footpath 
  • Slippery paths due to algae growth.

Council now uses root barriers, root growth zoning and structural soils when trees are planted near paths. This should reduce root damage. Current damage is fixed by placing flexible bitumen around the tree. Council is also trialling a method using crumbed car tyres. This solution uses recycled materials, and also lasts longer.