Concrete Footpath

A concrete footpath is a footpath constructed from concrete. Concrete footpaths are the most common type of footpath in many municipalities. They might have mesh reinforcement (espcially the modern construction practices)

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Footpath Construction

Footpath Construction is an activity performed by most Councils. Concrete Footpaths, which are the most common type of footpath are typically constructed as follows.

  • The site is surveyed and set out;
  • Any grass is removed and the site is excavated or filled to the appropriate depth;
  • A compacted sand base is prepared;
  • The edges of the footpath are bordered by timber boxing.
  • Reinforcing mesh is placed within the pathway.
  • Tree root barrier may be installed.
  • Concrete is poured onto the base.
  • The surface is leveled, often by hand trowel.


The following challenges relating to 'footpath construction' have been identified. I you can identify an additional challenge, please add it to the list below or contact one or more of the above 'collaborators' to discuss.


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  2. Tripstop

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Useful Life

The useful life of a concrete footpath will depend on a number of factors including soil conditions, the material it is made from, its thickness, and the proximity of trees. A life of 60 years is typical for concrete footpaths in some areas.

The table below shows the useful life for concrete footpaths adopted by Councils or published elsewhere. Please feel free to add your Councils information.

Council Useful Life
Albury City Council 50 years
Bundaberg Regional Council 60 years
Camden Council 50 years
Campbelltown City Council 50-60 Years
Holroyd City Council 50 years
Hume City Council 50 years
Infrastructure Asset Useful Lives Report 20-50 years
Muswellbrook Shire Council 55 years
National Asset Management Manual 50 Years
Ryde City Council 80-120 years
Shoalhaven City Council 50 years
Whittlesea City Council 80-100 years
Wollondilly Shire Council 50 years


Concrete footpaths are subject to a number of common defects, including;

Common causes of concrete footpath defects include:

  • Tree roots growing under the path
  • Vehicular traffic over the path
  • Water seeping under the path and undermining it

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External Links & References

  1. How to lay a concrete path (Readers Digest)
  2. Mornington Peninsula Footpath Construction Specification
  3. Concrete Path Guidelines
  4. Crack sealing repair of Concrete footpaths (IPWEA Discussion)
  5. Google Search
  6. Standard Life Comparison Roads and Stormwater
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