Chris Gulaptis is glad to see road surveys being done from the air.
Chris Gulaptis is glad to see road surveys being done from the air. Bruce Thomas / Daily Examiner

Future road maintenance takes high position

A REMOTE controlled plane will be used to carry out important survey work about five kilometres south of Casino to inform future road maintenance.

Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis said the plane, which has a wingspan of 96 centimetres, will map a stretch of Summerland Way about five kilometres south of Casino.

"Roads and Maritime Services is committed to maintaining the Summerland Way which is the main route between regional centres Grafton and Casino," Mr Gulaptis said.

"Survey work is required to better understand flood water patterns near Shannon Brook to inform future maintenance work in the area.

"A state of the art remote controlled plane will carry out the survey work from 7am to 6pm on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December, weather permitting.

"Areas to be mapped include from Johnsons Road south to Leeville and about two kilometres east of the Summerland Way. The plane will take off and land from roads in the area.

"The remote controlled plane will take detailed scans of the region which will allow the survey work to be completed much more safely and efficiently than if workers had to survey the area on the ground.

"The scans will be used to develop detailed maps and three dimensional models of areas to better demonstrate water flows.

"The plane can travel up to 90 km/h however for most work will be travelling about 40 km/h.

"This is just one example of how Roads and Maritime is using industry best practice to ensure roads across the Northern Rivers region are maintained," Mr Gulaptis said.



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