Central Coast Council uses lasers and video to assess its 2200 kilometres of sealed roads

ROADS PROGRAM: Wilfred Barrett Drive, at Noraville. Central Coast Council will receive data from its first ever hi-tech analysis of its sealed road network in September. Picture: David Stewart
ROADS PROGRAM: Wilfred Barrett Drive, at Noraville. Central Coast Council will receive data from its first ever hi-tech analysis of its sealed road network in September. Picture: David Stewart

CENTRAL Coast Council is close to completing the first ever video analysis of the region’s 2200 kilometres of sealed roads to help determine road work priorities.

Council in April engaged data specialists to collect high-definition video imagery of all council roads.

The goal was to get accurate measurements of road defects using advanced laser technology.

That data has been collected and is currently being “processed and validated” as part of Stage 2 of the project, a council spokesperson said this week.

“Once council receives this collated data in September, the findings will be integrated into council’s asset management programs to underpin future decision making and the allocation of funding around road infrastructure,” they said.

Council’s assets, infrastructure and business group leader, Mike Dowling, said it was important work.

“This approach is considered industry best practice and it’s the first time work of this detail has been undertaken on the Central Coast - with the results feeding into a comprehensive roads program for next year and beyond,” he said.

“In addition, we will be taking the opportunity to catalogue, map and assess all regulatory signage, line marking and raised pavement markers to provide a comprehensive picture of all road-related assets.”

Council administrator Ian Reynolds said managing the Coast’s road network was a massive task.

“Our road network, if joined, would stretch from the Central Coast to the Cape York Peninsula," Mr Reynolds said.

“The condition assessment is an extensive undertaking, but once completed we will have data on every road, to assist in programming future works effectively and efficiently.

“In the meantime, we will continue our works to maintain and improve our road assets, with more than 500 road renewal or upgrade works this financial year, and an even greater number expected to be carried out in the year ahead.”

Residents who believe their street needs some urgent work are encouraged to contact council.

“Council continues to encourage residents to support the maintenance and development of our road network by reporting any potholes,” the spokesperson said. 

To report a pothole, contact Council on 4350 5555.