Council conducts independent road condition inspections

Shellharbour City Council has started a two-week program of video-imaging inspections to assess the city’s 390km of sealed roads.

Council’s asset inspection contractor, Infrastructure Management Group, are conducting the inspections to obtain a detailed condition assessment of road assets.

Shellharbour City Council General Manager Carey McIntyre said the work was in addition to Council’s own internal inspections.

“This independent and comprehensive review of roads is to ensure Council is correctly identifying all defects,” Mr McIntyre said.

“Information gained from this exercise will enable better management of this important community asset, enabling more effective maintenance and renewal strategies and improving connectivity, mobility and safety.

“We thank residents for their assistance look forward to sharing the benefits of this exercise.”

Camera-equipped inspection vehicles will be on local roads about until mid-September, capturing images and laser measurements.

The clearly identifiable vehicles are driven by experienced operators travelling at normal speeds with hazard lighting and other warning devices.

Drivers following these assessment vehicles are asked to keep a full car-length distance to provide the rear cameras with a clear view of the road surface.

Mr McIntyre reassured residents that their privacy would be protected.

“All cameras are focused on the road and kerb surface structure with some limited viewing of areas directly adjacent,” he said.

“No image recordings of commercial or residential, private properties or structures will be undertaken.”

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