Smart car inspects condition of Hills' road network

Mayor Gangemi pictured wih the high tech car that will survey the conditions of Hills Roads.jpg

The Hills Shire Council is undertaking an assessment of its 1023 kilometre road network, which includes kerb and gutter, street furniture and traffic management devices, and they are doing this with the help of smart technology vehicles.

The assessment complements Council's ongoing efforts to maintain its road network, and this also includes a record expenditure on road rehabilitation and one of its biggest years to fill and repair potholes.

"Residents may see these special vehicles travelling on our local roads over the course of January," Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said.

"These smart vehicles are equipped with cameras, a profilometer for road texture assessment and GPS tracking devices, and they will be used to capture the information needed to assess the condition of our roads. This is incredibly important, especially after all the rain that we've experienced and the impact it has on our road network.

"The results from this assessment will be so important in helping target priority roads and planning our multi-year road maintenance and renewal program," Mayor Gangemi added.

Vehicles will be marked and equipped with hazard lights and other warning devices, and operators will be focusing on the safety of pedestrians and road users during the assessment period.

No image recordings of commercial or residential, private properties, structures or people will be undertaken during this activity.

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