The city is planning to improve some of its worst roads this year.
The City Council reviewed the city’s current street infrastructure and plans for maintenance.
Today, 10-percent of the city’s roads are in poor condition, which means constant maintenance, poor riding experiences and more citizen complaints.
City Engineer Jeremy Hutt said the plan is to improve the city’s worst road segments, including Pleasant Run Road from L.D. Lockett to John McCain Road and portions of Cheek-Sparger Road, including from Brown Trail to Bedford Road, Jackson Road to Spring Hollow and Pleasant Run Road to Shalimar Court.
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Hutt said city staff determined what projects to tackle first based on the road’s conditions, traffic volumes and other considerations.
“There are several streets in the network that need to be addressed that are in bad shape,” Hutt told the council. “The challenges are deciding which ones need to be addressed first when there are so many issues.”
Streets in need of repair include parts of Glade Road, Bedford Road and Tinker Road.
Last year, the city funded a third-party contractor to gather data about the city roads’ conditions using various technologies. Previous city staffers would grade a road’s condition by eyesight.
“This is the first we’ve ever had a real thought-out attack,” Mayor David Kelly said. “It's not just, ‘Hey this road looks bad, let’s throw some money at it.’ ”
This year, the city budgeted $3 million for street maintenance, the most ever.
Hutt estimates maintaining the streets at their current levels, while only reconstructing streets deemed necessary by the city staff, will cost the city $3 million annually. He said funding would be factored for street improvements that include more capacity, improved safety, drainage and pedestrian or intersection additions.
Councilman Chuck Mogged asked the city staff to return to the Council with information about improving road safety in the city.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770