NEWS THAT MATTERS
Running an eagle eye
over the region’s road network
Central Coast Council is currently undertaking a road condition survey across the region’s entire sealed road network of more than 2,000 kilometres, using state-of-the-art technology to efficiently gather accurate data for effective road management and works planning.
Road survey vehicle - Hawkeye.
3 February 2023
COUNCIL Director Infrastructure Services, Boris Bolgoff said the data gathered from this survey will help plan for the distribution of available Council and grant funds for road renewal projects where they are most needed, and the scheduling of maintenance works.
“We’ve engaged a data collection specialist to undertake this comprehensive electronic assessment using a Hawkeye 2000 Network Survey Vehicle to complete in-depth road analysis,” Mr Bolgoff said.
“Equipped with a digital laser profiler and eight roof-mounted digital cameras, the vehicle captures high-definition imagery of Council’s road pavement across the Central Coast Local Government Area.
“This technology greatly improves efficiencies as the process is much quicker than more labour-intensive methods of assessing road conditions. This means Council can progress to plan and deliver improved roads for the community faster.”
Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the maintenance and improvement of our road network continues to be a key priority.
“Managing and maintaining our extensive network of roads is a big job and we are embracing new technology to effectively collect accurate data and plan works for this important infrastructure,” Mr Hart said.
“This is one way that Council is delivering on a commitment to responsible governance through improved efficiencies in work practices for the benefit of our community.”
This road condition survey is in addition to the routine pavement inspections undertaken to identify defects, such as potholes, which guides upcoming road maintenance works.
An ongoing road renewal program is in place and delivers treatments such as preservation sealing, heavy patching, rehabilitation, and resurfacing.
Council crews are on the ground each week undertaking road renewal works and are currently completing Glen Road, Ourimbah, and preparing for Bay Road and Eloora Road at Blue Bay in late February.
Several other roads across the region are already planned for road renewals this year, including:
To view this financial year’s road and drainage capital works projects and their status, use Council’s online Capital works interactive map at www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.
Council encourages people to continue to report any road defects and other safety concerns to Council, via Council’s 24/7 online customer service centre or by calling 4306 7900 during business hours.
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