The municipality is served by an extensive road network that comprises the main access road through the Valley, the N2 national road and various secondary roads that serve the agricultural industry. The N2 national road is in a fairly good state of repair. However, the main access road through the Valley has been identified by the farming community as a major priority for upgrading. Most of the produce from the Valley is transported on this route and the road quality affects the export quality of fruit.
Internal roads in urban areas and settlements generally need upgrading and ongoing maintenance. Roads in low-income, high-density residential areas are mostly gravel with limited storm water management. The Municipality has implemented an ongoing process for road maintenance.
The Cacadu Spatial Development Framework (2005) indicates that there is 536.9km of gravel roads in the Municipality with a surface length of 204.9km. The document concurs that most of these roads are in desperate need of upgrading and maintenance. Considering the economic drivers of the area, namely agriculture and tourism, the Municipality needs to ensure that these conditions do not place additional pressure on the existing economic activities.
The state of roads is a hazard to road safety in general. Poor road conditions impact on a household level – communities are affected in their mobility in terms of public transport. Poor road conditions also influence access to social services and economic opportunities. The functioning of emergency services is also influenced by road conditions, which courses accidents and damage to property/vehicles. Within this context, communities have prioritized the tarring of roads in most wards.