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Road network

The Launceston City Council is responsible for an overall road network of approximately 720 kilometres. This is made up of major urban roads, minor town streets and rural roads.

Launceston's road network provides access to individual properties and facilitates the general circulation of the community.

The network is structured on a hierarchical basis comprised of arterial, collector and local roads. The arterial roads allow the community to move between regions on generally high capacity roads. The arterial network is maintained by Council and the State Government Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER).
Council is responsible for all roads within its boundaries except for:
  • Private roads
  • Forestry roads.
DIER is the group responsible for connecting roads between Launceston and other parts of the state. These include East Tamar Highway, West Tamar Highway, Midlands Highway, Bass Highway, Lilydale Road, Tasman Highway, Blessington Main Road, St Leonards Road, Southern Outlet, Northern Outlet, Goderich Street.
Council also maintains an extensive network of footpaths and cycleways, which is important to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to traverse the city without a motor vehicle.
The bus service is extensive and we provide a range of parking options for different community needs.
Road network statistics
The following tables provide statistics on Council's road network. This information defines the dimensions, areas and replacement value of these assets. 
Asset Category
Replacement Value ($M)
Urban roads
360 km
Rural roads
361 km
501 km
Kerb and channel
625 km
Total bridges
Number of
Timber bridges    
Composition bridges
Concrete bridges
Culvert bridges
Road damage
Launceston City Council is responsible for repairing road damage on its road network of approximately 720 kilometres, which includes major urban roads, minor town streets and rural roads. 
Each year Council spends around $8.5 million on building and maintaining roads.
To report problems regarding Council roads phone the Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.
Dust seal
Rural residents who live on unsealed roads may be able to obtain assistance with any road-generated dust problems.
Application for a Dust Seal (PDF 263KB)
Contractor Road Reserve Registration Application Form
Under the Local Government Act No. 46.  Permission to carry out various works in relation to highways, only registered contractors are permitted to work within a road reserve.
Contractor Road Reserve Registration Application Form (PDF 277KB)