City Paves the Way for Long Term Road Rehab Plan
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George is hoping to find a consulting team that can develop a Strategic Paved Road Management Plan.
Asset Manager Kristy Brown says this kind of planning is used in other departments such as water and sewer “They have a master plan that is done every ten years or so. The road management plan is going to provide us with, where our roads are right now, what do we need to do to maintain them at an overall condition rating and when do we need to do those types of treatments. So essentially, to get the best bang for the dollar.”
The City has been collecting road condition information for the past 15 years or so, and created what is called a ‘deterioration curve’ from that information “it shows us what point in time we need to do a certain type of treatment such as micro-surfacing or complete reconstruction. But that is an outdated, non standardized approach. The Strategic Paved Road Management Plan will get us into the industry standard for road condition inspections, which will allow us to benchmark with other communities as well.”
Those comparison’s communities will not be limited to British Columbia says Brown, as she suspects the successful proponent will look to places like Edmonton or cities in Northern Ontario which experience similar winter conditions and freeze -thaw scenarios.
The City spent $7 million dollars this year on road rehabilitation, and it is proposed that $7 million be budgeted for 2016 as well. “This report will be more of showing us where best to spend that money” says Brown as it will be integrated with the city’s overall asset management plan, so, for instance, if a water line is noted as having just 5 years left in its life, and the road has 4 years, projects can be coordinated to do both at the same time.
The tender ( which is posted on BC Bid) will close December 17th. According to the bid documents, the consultant’s report won’t be due until July of 2016, which will be too late for the 2016 paving season but will be used in planning for projects in 2017 and beyond.