We drive on 1188km of council roads within the Cassowary Coast region, with 622km of them sealed and 513km gravel. The rest of the 1188km is made up of concrete causeways, grids and intersections shared with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Roads are managed and serviced in accordance with a roads hierarchy which takes into account things like traffic volumes, traffic types and road functions. "Traffic types'' range from cars and smaller trucks to b-doubles. "Road functions'' relate to uses of roads as arterials, collector roads, local roads or access roads.
Generally speaking, arterial roads are roads moving large volumes of traffic between built-up centres. They are often highways. A council-managed example is Flying Fish Point Road.
Collector roads collect traffic from all the connecting local streets and roads and provide connectivity to arterials or built-up areas. Local examples are Grace Street in Innisfail, Bryant Street in Tully, Reid Road in Wongaling Beach and Brasenose Street in Cardwell.
Local roads normally provide access to properties and businesses, while accesses provide access to a single property or shared access property.
Seasonal high tides may inundate low-lying coastal roads. If it's flooded, forget it.