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For the first time in four years, an extensive road conditioning survey will be carried out across all Council-owned roads in the Canterbury-Bankstown area.
The survey, which will be conducted by Australian Surface Testing and Talis Consulting, will take place over the next couple of months, and be split into two parts - the data collection phase and the analysis phase.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said while it was a long road ahead when it came to upgrading the City’s infrastructure, this survey was the first step in the right direction.
"The last time we engaged in this survey was four years ago and a lot has changed since then," he said.
"Canterbury-Bankstown’s road network accumulates to more than 907km, which is why it’s essential that we maintain and upgrade our roads on an ongoing basis.
"Undertaking this survey will give us a better understanding into the condition of our roads, not just on the surface but underneath, which will allow us to optimise and prioritise future road works in a systematic way."
The extensive analysis will cover road cracking, potholes, patching and roughness.
"There will be two vehicles in operation. The first, which is the data capture vehicle, will travel at slow speed to enable a visual assessment of condition data to be taken. The second, which is the high-speed data vehicle, will drive at traffic speed to collect roughness, surface texture and rutting data by using an automated laser bar," Mr Colley said.
Once the testing phase is completed, the information will be collated and reported back to Council.
"Results from this investigation will help breakdown the projects we invest in next year, just like the previous survey helped prioritise our road work projects," Mr Colley said.
"More than 200 roads have been treated using the previous road conditions survey in 2012."
The survey will cause minimal inconvenience to road users and there will be no road closures or diversions in place.
For more information, call Council’s Roads and infrastructure Officer, Garry Thompson, on 9707 9426.
30/11/2017 3:29 PM