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Street Maintenance Division Substandard Road Policy and Maintenance Strategies

Policy

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Maintenance Strategies

  • Unimproved Road – Granular Surface

    • Blade regularly as scheduled at least once annually, and up to three times annually.  Maintain crown with sideslope and proper ditches (see Figure 1).  Clean culverts as needed.

An example of a well maintained unimproved road with a granular surface.

 

  • Unimproved Road – Some Asphalt or Quiltwork Asphalt

    • Grind the asphalt and blade the grindings into the surface.  Schedule the street for annual blading.  Maintain ditches regularly.  Clean culverts as needed. Do not place new asphalt on these surfaces.

Pictures of unimproved roads with quiltwork asphalt inappropriately placed over several years.

 

 

Recently ground and bladed surface previously consisting of quiltwork asphalt.

 

Recently ground and bladed surface previously consisting of quiltwork asphalt.

  • Unimproved Alley – Grass or Dirt Surface

    • Inspect annually to determine if the alley warrants blading.  If warranted, blade to restore the proper shape.  Material will only be added with blading if paid for and provided by the adjoining residents.  Maintain positive drainage.

  • Unimproved Alley – Granular Surface

    • Schedule blading of granular surface unimproved alleys on a two-year rotation.  Material can be added consistent with the material currently in place.  A change in surface material type will only occur if paid for and provided by the adjoining residents.  Maintain positive drainage.  If asphalt grindings are available, they may be placed at no cost to abutting property owners.  Asphalt grindings are not always available.

  • Unimproved Alley – Some Asphalt and Quiltwork Asphalt

    • Grind the asphalt and blade the grindings into the surface.  Add to the two-year maintenance schedule for unimproved alleys with a granular surface.  Maintain positive drainage.  Do not add new asphalt to these surfaces.

  • Substandard Road – Oil Mat or Overlay

    • Grade shoulders and ditches regularly; once the surface exceeds its useful life, the adjoining homeowners can be assessed for an additional overlay, repair the surface at their own expense, or elect to pave the street to City standards. If repaving is not going to be funded by the district, reclaim the surface as granular once the pavement has exceeded its useful life.  Pothole repair is provided by the City for these surfaces if the road is generally in good condition.  Clean culverts as needed.

  • Substandard Road – Engineered Asphalt with no Curb & Gutter

    • Patch potholes as needed or repair with an asphalt grind and patch project.  Maintain shoulder and ditch drainage on a regular basis.  Clean culverts as needed.

  • Substandard Alley – Partially Paved or Engineered Asphalt with no Drainage

    • Patch potholes as needed.  Maintain proper drainage on a regular basis.

Substandard Oil Mat Roadway.  Once the surface exceeds its useful life, it can be repaired or repaved by the residents or reclaimed as a granular surface by the City.

Substandard Road with Engineered Asphalt and no curb & gutter.

FIGURE 1: STANDARD CROSS SECTIONS FOR SUBSTANDARD ROADS, UNIMPROVED ROADS, AND UNIMPROVED ALLEYS.