We are committed to providing well maintained footpaths across Ku-ring-gai in order to improve safety and amenity for our community. This is especially important in high traffic areas or in streets close to shops, train stations, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parks.
Council delivers this through the design and construction of new footpaths, the reconstruction of existing footpaths that are in poor condition, as well as ongoing maintenance to remove trip hazards and improve pedestrian accessibility.
Distribution and condition of footpaths
Currently there is a total area of 337,000 sqm of concrete and 153,000 sqm of asphalt of footpaths across Ku-ring-gai which Council is responsible for maintaining.
These paths are fairly evenly distributed across the wards:
- Wahroonga - 18%
- Comenarra - 16%
- St Ives - 16%
- Gordon - 22%
- Roseville - 27%
The condition of footpaths across Ku-ring-gai is generally very good, with over 80% of footpaths ranked as in 'near perfect' or 'some superficial deterioration' condition across all the pedestrian usage categories. The condition of footpaths is determined from council’s routine inspection program.
How does Council determine new footpaths?
New footpaths are considered through requests from the public and get included in Council’s master list of proposed footpath works.
This criteria adopted by Council incorporates volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, accessibility and proximity of shops, rail stations, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and parks.
When a footpath is requested, staff investigate and assess against Council’s adopted criteria to determine an overall scoring.
The overall scoring is used to prioritise into an indicative construction year, based on continuing the current budget and criteria.
Draft Capital Works Program 2019/20 Financial Year
The footpath program is being reviewed. Below are footpaths projects for 2019/20 that have been completed, are under construction, or are planned for the remainder of the year
||Bligh Street - full length - new concrete footpath - under construction.
Reading Avenue - Reading Avenue to Koola Avenue - new concrete footpath - under construction.
||Warrington Avenue - Warrington to Reading Avenue - new concrete footpath - under construction.
||Wattle Street – Karranga Avenue to Roseberry Road – south side.
||Pentecost Avenue – Moorina Road to Merrivale Road – south side.
||Alvona Avenue - Green Toad Tea Gardens - New Asphalt footpath - completed.
||Eastern Arterial Road - Burraneer Avenue to Nicholson Avenue - new concrete footpath - pedestrian refuge island and bus stop upgrades - completed.
||Memorial Avenue – Killeaton Street to Lincoln Road – east side.
||Finlay Road - 58 Finlay to Rothwell Road - new concrete footpath, retaining wall and bus stop upgrade.
||Satterley Avenue - Satterley Avenue to Comenarra Parkway - new concrete footpath and pedestrian refuge island - under construction.
||Wonga Wonga Street - 3 Wonga Wonga Street to 52 Ku-ring-gai Avenue - new concrete footpath - completed.
||Claude Cameron Grove - new concrete footpath and associated works.
||Westbrook Avenue – Boundary Road to Gladys Avenue – east side.
||Westbrook Avenue – Burns Road to Endeavour Street – east side.
How does Council determine which footpaths require repairs?
Inspection programs are in place where footpaths are routinely inspected and assessed by staff.
The entire Ku-ring-gai area is inspected every five years, with high pedestrian areas around shops and railways inspected more frequently.
Reconstruction and maintenance programs are then determined based on a priority system and available funding. The prioritisation or timing of repair uses two main criteria:
- The severity of the defect, or relative condition.
- The frequency of use of the footpath.
Inspections are also undertaken of any reported concerns from the public.
It is often necessary to undertake temporary repairs to ensure safe pedestrian usage prior to programming of the permanent repairs.
Footpath maintenance consists of small repairs to eliminate trip hazards, repair damaged pathways, improve accessibility, or provide temporary repairs prior to later programmed works.
Small footpath maintenance jobs are conducted weekly and due to their volume are not listed.
Current major footpath repairs
- St Ives - Ayres Road - Mona Vale Road to end - new concrete footpath - under construction.
- North Turramurra - Keats Road - Bobbin Head Road to Ellalong Road - new concrete footpath - commencing December.
- Turramurra - Alice Street - Eastern Road to Georgann Street - new concrete footpath - under construction.
- West Pymble - Jugiong Street - Existing to Lane Cove Valley Walk - new concrete footpath - commencing December.
Footpath request forms
Should you see a footpath that looks like it needs repair, we encourage you to contact Council so that we can investigate and repair it or schedule it in future works programs.
You can also make a request for a new footpath.
Request footpath maintenance
Request a new footpath