Wagga Wagga City Council will be undertaking footpath condition surveys, for one week commencing Monday 26 June 2023, to assess the city’s more than 300-kilometre network of footpaths.
Residents and visitors may observe contractors riding specially modified quadbikes, traveling on public footpaths around residential, commercial and recreational areas conducting the assessments during this period.
The surveys are being undertaken by Council’s asset inspection contractor, Infrastructure Management Group, to obtain detailed video imaging and condition assessments of the community’s footpaths.
Director Infrastructure Services Warren Faulkner said these surveys are crucial for the management of the city’s footpath assets.
“This condition survey will identify areas of the footpath network that may need immediate attention, and other areas Council may need to continue to monitor,” Mr Faulkner said.
“Whilst Council undertakes footpath grinding in some Wagga Wagga suburbs to reduce trip hazards, this survey goes the next step and will help to locate areas where the footpaths may need replacing.”
During the footpath network condition surveys, the assessment quadbikes will be operated by certified pavement inspectors traveling at a brisk walking pace. The operators will give way to pedestrians where possible.
The quadbikes are clearly identifiable with hazard lighting and other warning devices in operation while completing the assessment.
Cameras mounted on the quadbikes will be recording the footpaths, cycle ways, and shared access ways. All cameras are focused on the footpath with some limited viewing of areas directly adjacent.
No images or recordings will be taken of commercial and private properties or structures.
“The information gained from this survey will enable better management of the city’s footpaths which are an important community asset,” Mr Faulkner said.
It will assist with the development of effective maintenance and renewal strategies to improve connectivity, mobility and safety.