Asphalt tender approved by Yorkton Council
Yorkton Council received an update on the City’s 2021 paving program at its regular meeting on Monday.
Road improvements for 2021 include 50,500 square meters of asphalt milling and resurfacing at various locations around the city.
Four bids were received and the recommendation was unanimously approved on Monday at Fedorowich Construction Ltd. for $ 1,286,280.
Trent Mandzuk C, the city’s director of public works, said funding for the tender would come from several sources.
In 2020, the City of Yorkton received $ 2 million in Municipal Economic Improvement Program (MEEP) funding to invest in municipal infrastructure. Of these $ 1.5 million from MEEP funding and $ 560,000 from the City’s operating budget (contracted paved street services) have been allocated for pavement improvements for 2021.
This will allow the City to triple the size of its annual paving for the 2021 construction season, he said.
As a backdrop, Mandzuk explained that “the city of Yorkton has approximately 140 kilometers of paved roads under its jurisdiction, with a total area of approximately 1.72 million square meters. These lengths and zones include all lanes and both directions of traffic, but do not include lanes and alleys.
Our city’s ongoing road condition assessments are based on the ASTM International Practice for Roads and Parking Lots Pavement Condition Index surveys.
“The standardized method assesses the surface condition of each road segment by evaluating the type, extent and severity of road surface degradation, as well as the smoothness and ride comfort of the road”, a explained Mandzuk.
At the end of the assessment, a pavement condition index (PCI) value is determined, providing a numerical score for the condition of a road segment where 0 is the worst possible condition and 100 is the better.
Best practice suggests collecting PCI ratings at regular intervals (3-5 years) to best monitor the performance of the road network and determine the rate of deterioration.
“This helps assess the effectiveness of pavement materials and designs, as well as the effectiveness of maintenance strategies,” Mandzuk said.
Over the past 10 years, the City of Yorkton has conducted two road assessments, the most recent of which was completed in 2018.
A large percentage of the city’s roads currently fall under a “fair” condition rating, a report told Council.
“It should be noted that over the next 10 years all of these roads will go to ‘bad condition’,” Mandzuk said.
At that point, over 70% of residential roads will become problematic, as will 60% of the entire road network.
“These statistics become more worrying when we recognize that the replacement value of our city’s road network is $ 89,921,037 (according to 2019 pricing),” the report explains.
“The current operating budget for the City’s coating program is $ 560,000, which allows for a replacement cycle of 160 years. Over the past two years, aggressive overlay programs have more than doubled the reach of historic programs in efforts to tackle poor road conditions in high traffic areas. “
However, caution should be exercised to avoid prematurely overinvesting in future asphalt paving programs, Mandzuk warned, adding that the 2022 and 2023 underground inspection programs must be fully executed before the start of future paving programs. of asphalt.
“Priority streets designated to receive asphalt pavements have been identified for the next five years and beyond, but underground assessments fail to keep pace with recent paving programs,” the report noted.
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