“The current estimate is over $2 million,” Public Works Director Derek Gajdos said. “We have more needs than funds.”
The city’s recently approved budget has set aside $450,000 for street resurfacing this upcoming fiscal year. Eligible projects are in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, and were identified out of the city’s 2013 Red Ribbon Committee.
“There are a ton of roads we should be resurfacing if we have the funds,” Gajdos noted.
Most of the roads on the city’s master list are rated a 2 or 3 on the 2017 Pavement Surface and Evaluation Rating (P.A.S.E.R.) scale, which rates streets from 1 to 10 for their condition. Streets with a 1 rating are in poor shape, while those with a 10 rating are in the best shape.
Local roads are rated every two years, with the city’s last rating taking place in 2017.
“You want to resurface them before they get to a 2,” Gajdos said. “When they get to a 2, you want to reconstruct them.”
For the new fiscal year’s projects, Gajdos said his department would prepare a list later this summer or early fall, then request bids in the winter. This would allow for construction beginning next spring and done by the end of June.
“We’ll start planning with the current fiscal year budget as a baseline,” Gajdos said. “We’ll pare it (the list of needed street improvements) down to what has been budgeted.”
By holding off on the projects until the spring of 2019 instead of doing the resurfacing this year, city officials say it would give them the best pricing and allow for proper planning, officials say.
The prep work for the newest round of resurfacing work follows a year in which the city did two years’ worth of resurfacing projects in one year.
“Last year, we resurfaced a ton of roads,” Gajdos said. “We included two fiscal years in one calendar year last year.”
In 2016, city officials decided to forgo a fall resurfacing project due to the apparent low bidder being a company the city was unsatisfied with in a previous project. Also, it was noted that the second-lowest bidder’s costs were 46 percent more than the engineers’ estimate for the project. As a result, the city committed more than $850,000, which was combined into one resurfacing project.