Streets Maintenance Plan
Due: December 2025
Principle: Maintains existing roads and transportation network in tandem with snow and ice control services to ensure swift and safe transportation modes for the community.
This strategic result is paramount to the success of the street program. A master plan allows the team to vet the proposed street work in coordination with other work systems and utility projects to avoid conflict and or damage to newly placed asphalt or concrete.
This strategy builds community trust, ensures everyone is on the same page when conducting street maintenance, maximizes resource utilization and helps improve product delivery.
Maintains existing roads and transportation network in tandem with snow and ice control services helps to ensure safe transportation modes for the community. Satidfaction with Arvada street condition is measured utiliizing the Community Survey. Results gathered from the 2019 Community Survey underscore the need for the City to focus on street maintenance.
The Streets Master Plan will be used to guide the Street Infrastructure Maintenance Program by forecasting and prioritizing the streets requiring service and the treatment type or action to be performed.
This prioritization will assist the Streets Division plan, organize, and prioritize what areas will receive concrete replacement prior to asphalt work.
Understanding the annual work type and scope provides the information and data needed to plan and budget accordingly.
The team is requesting the end date of this strategic result be extended to December 2021. The reason for this request is centered on the implementation of a new software program.
Once the software is implemented, master plans from engineering and utilities will be embedded along with budget, data and pavement condition index (PCI) resulting in a holistic approach to street maintenance.
Pavement Condition Score
In 2018, the City again contracted Atkins North America, Colorado to update the pavement management system (PMS) for the City’s (467 centerline mile/1525 lane mile) roadway network. The intent of the PMS is to provide the City with easily accessible inventory and management information for managing their pavement. The PMS also provides a framework for long term financial planning while easily assessing the implications of alternative funding levels. Finally, the PMS facilitates planning and implementation of a specific maintenance and rehabilitation program while monitoring its effectiveness.
Arvada’s transportation infrastructure is the City’s largest and most valuable asset. Citizens and businesses rely on traveling on safe and satisfactory streets. Arvada, like most communities in the United States has deferred street maintenance. As our population continues to grow, it is important for our community to understand the resources required to maintain this asset.
In order to update the PMS the Atkins team performed the following tasks as outlined in the statement of work:
- City wide pavement condition assessment with the Cartegraph Automated Pavement Data Collection vehicle
- Data Entry and Update existing pavement
- Run pavement management scenarios
- Summary report/project documentation
- Verification of section widths (for new roadway sections)
Obtained through the MicroPaver database used to track pavement condition rating.
Street Maintenance Funds
The City allocates funds for street maintenance on a biennial basis. Over the past decade the cost of repairs has significantly outpaced the amount of money the City is able to dedicate to street maintenance projects.
In November 2016, the City placed a measure on the ballot to increase City sales and use tax by 1/2 cent (5 cents on a ten dollar purchase) to fund only street maintenance and improvements. The ballot measure did not pass. The City remains committed to protecting this asset and is working diligently to increase street maintenance and improvement funding through budget reductions and dedication of one time funds.
According to the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) report In 2016, funding street maintenance at the current annual budget reduces the City's overall street rating annually an average of 1.8 points on the PCI Index. By 2019, Arvada streets would fall into the poor category. Congestion is also a significant issue in Arvada. Roads in poor condition and congestion impact quality of life and safety.
Budget data resides within the City's financial database while the funding required to stabilize or enhance Arvada streets is from the 2015 Pavement Condition Assessment update.