lifting plank across shared path

Terminal Pier

Decay continues on the 12 year old shared path running along the south bank of the Yarra river. Previously covered regarding its poor state of repair, inappropriate surface, and barricading of public access, no fixes have been forthcoming for any of the issues and the hazardous surface continues to decay.

lifting plank across shared path

After completion metal strips were added to cover the gaps at the short ends in the planking, but these were found to be dangerously slippery so they were partially topped with strips of what is effectively sandpaper. Through the vibrations and movements of the wooden surface the metal strips continue to come free and project above the surface, and the adhesion strips wear or fall off. Here is pictured a trip hazard that developed over several months without remediation.

A further month since raising the lack of repairs on this path with the council, the capping metal strip there was removed and the plank nailed down (a temporary measure). No return work has been sighted, and just this single point was repaired ignoring the numerous similar failures along the pier.

gaps opening in wooden shared path

Just within this single image 3 further equally dangerous hazards exist. From the top are two planks out of plane, one lifting above the walkway and the other falling below. Both create step changes of more than 20mm (3/4 inch) and are loose when stepped on. Front of image is an opening gap between two boards, tested with a key in fine Australian cricketing tradition. While cricket pitches were famously probed by Tony Grieg with a key this crack will take a key widthways! on the long side! a rift greater than 45mm (1 3/4 inch) wide.

All these present a trip hazard to pedestrians which alone should be receiving regular inspection and swift remediation. But the edges running parallel to the travel of bicycles knock over cyclists and cause regular injuries, and this new chasm easily swallows bicycle or wheelchair wheels trapping them between the planks and causing damage.

How long will the council persist with such an inappropriate surface for aesthetic purposes? Will they stop vehicles regularly using the space? The wheels of government turn slowly but this is getting ridiculous.

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