A specially equipped vehicle is scouring city streets for cracks, potholes and other problems that can create a bumpy ride for Arlington motorists.Since last week, the pavement evaluation vehicle has been surveying north Arlington streets between Park Row Drive and the northern city limits. The vehicle, which captures high-quality digital images of pavement conditions, will also survey some streets in the Great Southwest Industrial District and around Lake Arlington, city officials said. Arlington surveyed the city’s entire street network in 2005 and has surveyed about one-third of the city each year since then. The information helps the city prioritize repairs and determine whether streets need to be rebuilt, officials said.“We’ve got 3,000 lane-miles of roadway in the city,” Public Works Director Keith Melton said. “This makes sure we have current data that is not any older than three years at any point so we can effectively use our street maintenance dollars at the right times on the right streets.”Arlington spends about $30 million annually on street repairs, but city staffers recommended this year that funding be increased to $40 million a year, with more emphasis on rebuilding the worst of the roads.More than half of Arlington’s 3,015 miles of streets were built between 1978 and 1988, Melton said. Planners have classified 320 of those lane-miles as “red,” the worst condition.The survey is funded through Arlington’s quarter-cent street maintenance sales tax, first approved by voters in 2002. Besides recording and analyzing pavement surface defects, the survey also helps the city review the conditions and locations of street signs, wheelchair ramps, sidewalks, medians and fire hydrants.This year’s survey is expected to be complete by Friday. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639 Twitter: @susanschrock