metal grid surface

Surface Finish

Returning to the deteriorating waterfront path that has been so difficult to get addressed, starting with the local council claiming it wasn’t their responsibility when it most certainly is, and with a contractor who’s intentions are good but delivery is constrained. Having discussed some of the problems at length with the contractor, they assured that further action would be immediate and to “make safe” the problems some new bollards appeared.

temporary bollards placed in middle of shared path

While these certainly do cover the worst of the problems, immediately next to them are still acknowledged deficiencies far beyond the intervention thresholds of 12mm grooves and 10mm steps. Illustrated here with a key to show the >40mm (1 1/2 inch) gaps.

gap between planks larger than key for scale

The contractor would like to be replacing the wooden boards and reattaching them but such works are too complicated to co-ordinate and beyond their current role of routine maintenance. Even when these numerous deficiencies meet actionable thresholds the council sits back and leaves the problems in place. Despite works being conducted along this section on an almost monthly basis no Audits have been completed to track the work or assess its adequacy, the contractor lacking the tools, frameworks, and direction to do so leaving it solely on the local council.

Elsewhere along the route a new surface has been applied atop the dangerously slippery planks, a structure of gridded metal panels with an abrasive non slip surface applied. Shown in close detail in the lead image of this post similar panels have already been used for other purposes on the pier and they provide adequate adhesion in all weather conditions. A long straight path has been aligned down the route connected with small juts to meet the floating bridges out toward the boats.

resurfaced pierThe width of 1950mm (6 1/3 feet) is under the 2500mm absolute minimum, barely adequate for bicycles passing other users, and the edge treatment is again the proven dangerous checkerboard metal plate. Making an angle far in excess of the maximum 1:10 for ramps or 1:40 for crossfall, even if this edging were not a slippery surface the slope is itself enough to be able to cause a wheelchair or bicycle to lose control. Not a problem you say as the users can travel along the path without having to navigate its treacherous sides, well as only Melbourne Transport Disasters can:

path terminating into the river


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