Identifying which roads in the City to repair and how to repair them is a complicated process. The life of any road can be extended by repaving it from time to time. But a road can reach the point where a simple paving no longer works, and a complete rebuild is required.
Every third year, the condition of each road in Millcreek is objectively rated on an Operational Condition Index (OCI). On a scale of 0 to 100, the optimal timing for repaving is before a road reaches 70 OCI.
Prioritizing through OCI would be the best way to maintain the life of roads for as long as possible. But funds are not always available to keep every road in optimal shape. Complete rebuilds are very expensive, and those projects must be worked into the budget many years ahead of actual construction.
MAP OF REPAVING PROJECTS
Here is an interactive map of the repaving schedule the City has optimistically planned for the next three years. The plan assumes the same level of funding spent on paving Millcreek roads over the past several years. The timing is based on engineering recommendations to maintain optimal OCI. Click here to see the raw data.
Make sure you open the “legend” (top right hand corner of map) to see what the colors mean. Note that the meanings are different for different years. The individual years can be identified by removing or adding “layers” (also in the top right hand corner). “Slurry” means applying an oil and aggregate (usually sand) mixture on an existing asphalt road. “Overlay” means placing and compacting a layer of hot mix asphalt on top of an existing pavement. The cost of an overlay is three to four times that of a slurry.
Roads that have passed the point where repaving no longer works are not on the map. For example, the life of 13th East cannot be extended by simple repaving. For now, potholes will be repaired and small fixes completed until capital funding for a total repair is available.
On all roads in Millcreek, potholes reported to the Operations Division at (385-468-6100 are almost always repaired within 72 hours.
Ultimately, prioritizing street repairs is a balancing act in which the urgency of the problems created by the road defect must be considered, along with the OCI and funding availability.