Roads and Bridges
Being a regional area, Uralla Shire has a long network of public roads. Roads fall into one of three categories, these being:
These are the principal roads which traverse the state of New South Wales. Uralla Shire has one federal/state road within its boundaries. The New England Highway (SH2) travels north/south through the Shire from south of Uralla to the boundary with Armidale Dumaresq Council at Saumarez Creek. This road is fully sealed and maintained by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).
These are the second tier of roads and basically, as the name suggests, extend from one region to another. Uralla Shire has three regional roads within its boundaries. They are Thunderbolts Way (MR73) between Walcha and Inverell, Bundarra Road (MR124) between Armidale and Thunderbolts Way (MR73) and Bundarra/Barraba Road (MR132) between Bundarra and Barraba. These roads are maintained by Council on behalf of the RTA and the majority of funding is obtained from the RTA.
These make up the bulk of the public road network length and comprise all roads which are not either state or regional roads. Many local roads, including town streets, are sealed however most lower trafficked roads are unsealed. Generally the road network is all weather however during periods of greater rainfall, some roads will be inundated and the majority of these locations will be at causeways which are posed with depth markers to advise motorists of water depths. Council is continually reforming, grading and resealing many of its local roads, to improve drainage, road safety and trafficability. All local roads are maintained by Council using both funds made available by the Commonwealth Government as well as locally raised revenue.
There are a number of bridges in Uralla Shire and the vast majority have now been converted to concrete as opposed to timber. The remaining timber bridges are Water Gully and Munsies Bridge on Gostwyck Road, Mihi Creek Bridge on Enmore Road, Purlieu Creek Bridge on Kingstown Road, Torryburn Low Level Bridge on Torryburn Road and Abington Creek Bridge on Thunderbolts Way. Council is endeavouring to obtain funding to finance the upgrading of these bridges as early as possible. Additionally, funding for the construction of a bridge over the Gwydir River near Bundarra, adjacent to the Emu low level crossing, is being pursued by Council, however state government funding will need to be secured before any construction occurs.