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Servicing Potholes
Sherryl L. Parks | Kalamath Drive

In a recent citywide survey residents told us that improving our streets was their number one priority. While major capital improvements for our arterial streets, such as Jimmy Durante into downtown were seeing improvements, it seemed to residents that simply filling their potholes in residential neighborhoods was being ignored.

Council listened and took action. The entire city, every street, underwent an intense rating process called the Pavement Management Program. In 2013 each of the City’s street segments was given a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating. The study recommended different rehabilitation methods for various roadway conditions and then developed an original list of street segments that required timely rehabilitation before PCI ratings deteriorated levels requiring even more expensive rehabilitation methods.

Given this ability to determine which streets needed to be tended first, our Public Works Department spent $600,000 in 2015-16. Again at our October 17, 2016 meeting we directed PAL Engineering Inc a contract to continue road repairs increasing the dollar amount to $700,000.

The engineers are planning to pour new asphalt, resurface and make curb improvements. Staff smartly removed from this list all street segments requiring pending water or wastewater underground improvements.

A map of neighborhoods that will be affected can be found on the Sandpiper website. Just want you to know that filling potholes isn’t simply a cliché to politicians but an important service that improves the quality of our daily lives.



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