I realize that with all the construction going on around Kent these days, every day feels like it’s national street repair day, but actually the City’s street maintenance program is just now gearing up for the Fall push before winter arrives.
Admittedly, we’ve thrown in a fair amount of street resurfacing and reconfiguration with some of our big projects, like the Fairchild Avenue Bridge, but the Annual Street Program continues to have a life of its own and is managed through the Public Service Department and Engineering Division.
The Annual Street Program is the product of an engineering based assessment of the relative condition (safety, rideability, potholes, etc.) of all of the City streets that results in the allocation of funds to take care of as many of the worst streets as possible. Like most things, there’s not enough money to do everything that needs to be done, so we rely on the independent evaluation performed by the engineers to determine which streets rise to the top of the worst list.
The list of streets that show up at the top of that list for 2011 are as follows:
Ideally we’d like to resurface City streets on a 15-20 year cycle but unfortunately City revenues don’t support that level of re-investment so we do our best to handle the biggest problem spots each year, stretch our dollars, apply for grant funds, and as a last resort defer the rest until next year.