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Decorative Driveway Finishes

  • 1.  Decorative Driveway Finishes

    Posted 16 October 2013 22:27
    Gents, What is everybody's approach regards resotration of decorative driveways that have to be disturbed for new footpath works. We are often faced with trying to match old and weathered finishes (exposed agg, stencilcrete etc) when we construct new footpath and need to reinstate these driveways to achieve compliant footpath grades....do others attempt to achieve a match or simply do all restorarions in plain concrete ------------------------------------------- Peter Jenkins Senior Works Engineer Port Macquarie-Hastings Council PORT MACQUARIE NSW -------------------------------------------
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  • 2.  RE:Decorative Driveway Finishes

    Posted 18 October 2013 21:05
    Hi Peter,

    A few years ago we made the decision to only allow plain concrete on vehicle crossings on Councils road reserve.
    In the beginning we had some community discontent , but if your able to explain the reasons why plain concrete better suits Council as far as public liability and also with increasing demand from service authorities to open up footpaths they gradually see Councils point of view.
    When putting in new footpaths through existing coloured/stenciled vehicle crossings they are finished in plain concrete.

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    Robert Barbuto
    Stormwater & Development Engineering Manager
    Warringah Council
    DEE WHY NSW

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  • 3.  RE:Decorative Driveway Finishes

    Posted 18 October 2013 21:05
    Hi Peter,

    Driveway reinstatement is a very emotional issue. We need to recognise that driveway access remains the responsibility of the resident and in many incidences, they have applied their own design and built form to which they rightly have some attachment. Whilst we do construct crossovers and driveway links to the kerb after making adjustments to accommodate footpaths, are mindful of residents requirements and their right to have infrastructure reinstated to the way it was before. That being said pattern paved concrete is had if not impossible to match into. Similarly some pavers are no longer made.

    The best approach is to replace like for like where possible and practical, however any replacement should be undertaken in consultation with the resident. In certain instances where there is a significant number of unconstructed driveways, we construct a charcoal paved crossover (as a safety measure. Contrasting colours to hopefully make children, in particular, more aware they are approaching a driveway). Existing concrete is replaced with concrete. Pattern pave is replaced in negotiation with the resident, however again the charcoal seems to be acceptable. Note: our footpaths are generally paved in red.

    Hope that helps,

    Murray.

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    Murray Conahan
    Asset Planner
    City of Onkaparinga
    NOARLUNGA CENTRE SAau

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