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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 208 ..


(2) TCCS assess individual defects rather than path sections. Defects include cracks (vertical displacement), gaps (horizontal displacement), debris, holes. Each defect is rated based on safety risk. Defects have several common causes (e.g. tree roots, vehicles, age) that are also captured when they can be determined

TCCS is currently expanding the planned inspection component by undertaking an inspection program for community paths that aligns with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) condition rating. This rating is applied to path segments as opposed to individual defects. It reflects a more holistic path condition (Very Poor; Poor; Fair; Good; Very Good). This program is funded through the ‘Jobs for Canberrans’ program during the 2020-21 financial year 2020-21. The path condition data will inform future path related programs and projects.

Following the completion of the Condition Inspection in June 2021, information on Poor and Very Poor condition paths will be available. This data will provide a more accurate response to the question.

(3) As noted in the response to Question 1, where a reported defect is assessed as suitable for repair, these repairs are programmed in packages dependent on the length, location, material and contract.

When a larger segment of shared path or cycle path is assessed as failing, then replacement of the segment is prioritised and delivered through the annual capital works program.

Sections of path on principal cycle routes that were replaced through the 2020-21 capital works program include:

A 4.3 kilometre section of the Lake Burley Griffin Circuit between Yarralumla Reach and Acton Peninsula.

A 600 metre section of the Belconnen-Tuggeranong cycle route in Macquarie.

(4) Asphalt paths on principal cycle routes comply with the infrastructure standards that were in place at the time that they were built. Current Municipal Infrastructure Standards apply to the construction of new assets. They do not require existing assets to be retrofit to meet an updated standard. As the Municipal Infrastructure Standards for path widths were updated in 2019, the majority of existing paths in the ACT were built to the previous 2.5 metre minimum width as opposed to the current 3.0 metre minimum width. In terms of network distance, 25 per cent of the current principal cycle route network consists of shared paths that meet the current standard of 3.0 metres wide or wider. The network distance of paths that are less than 3.0 metres wide is approximately 143 kilometres.

Laying additional asphalt to widen paths can result in gaps or an uneven surface, so replacement of the entire path is typically required to achieve the additional width. It would cost approximately $250 million to remove and replace the 143 kilometres of non-compliant paths, much of which is otherwise fit for purpose.

(5) Please refer to the response to Question 2.

(6) In addition to Municipal Infrastructure Standards, TCCS uses guidance developed by VicRoads and Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to assess potential congestion for new shared paths as well as separate walking and cycling paths. As


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