Road condition inspection underway

Community life - 13 March 2018

Kempsey Shire Council is currently undertaking a detailed video imaging and condition assessment of the shire’s 613km network of sealed roads.

The inspection work is being undertaken by Council’s asset inspection contractor, Infrastructure Management Group, as part of an asset management initiative.

Council’s Interim Director of Operations, Steven Beasley, said the assessment started last Wednesday and is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

“The information gathered will enable Council to better manage this important community asset, enable more effective maintenance, renewal strategies and improve connectivity and safety,” Mr Beasley said.  

Residents may notice the inspection vehicles travelling on local roads over the next few weeks while the assessment is carried out.

“The camera equipped inspection vehicles are driven by experienced operators travelling at normal traffic speeds,” Mr Beasley said.

“The vehicles have hazard lighting and other warning devices in operation while completing laser measurement and video recording activities of the shire’s roads.

“Vehicles are clearly identifiable and will operate seamlessly within the normal surrounding traffic patterns. However, they may need to stop frequently on the road network to ensure thorough data is recorded.

“Council asks that motorists travelling behind one of the vehicles keeps a full car length distance away to provide the cameras at the rear of the vehicle with a clear view of the road surface.”

All of the cameras on the vehicles are focused on the road as well as kerb and guttering with some limited viewing of areas directly adjacent. No image recordings of commercial or residential, private properties or structures will be undertaken. 

Council thanks the community for their cooperation and support while these works are carried out.

For more information contact council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200

Road survey vehicleResidents may observe camera equipped inspection vehicles travelling on local roads, like this one, as a result of a road condition inspection program.