Johan Du Toit shows councillor Linda Harris some of the defects he has found while walking our streets.
Johan Du Toit shows councillor Linda Harris some of the defects he has found while walking our streets.

Footpaths to be fixed

CRACKS, lumps and bumps in the region's footpaths are being put on the map.

Fraser Coast Regional Council asset management officer Johan Du Toit has walked hundreds of kilometres looking for defects in formed footpaths – those made from concrete, asphalt, spray seal or pavers.

So far he has completed Burrum Heads, Toogoom and River Heads and is about 90 per cent of the way through Hervey Bay. He will then move to Maryborough, Tiaro and smaller communities.

“We're looking for trip hazards such as broken lids on service pits, uneven surfaces, slippery surfaces, bad cross fall which can make it hard to walk on a footpath, shadows and obstructions,” infrastructure and environment committee chair Linda Harris said.

Footpath defects are rated and weighted against scoring criteria.

The information, along with the location, is entered into a database that is used to create the council's annual footpath maintenance program and long-term replacement program.

The information from Mr Du Toit's inspection will be added to information from residents reporting slip and trip hazards.

“The information will give the council an idea of the condition of our footpath network, to use when designing our long-term footpath building and replacement program,” Ms Harris said.



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