Brookhaven, GA, September 14, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman and Public Works Director Richard Meehan delivered a presentation outlining the current paving process and paving progress during a September 13th City Council Work Session. According to Sigman and Meehan, prior to Brookhaven’s incorporation on December 17, 2012, DeKalb County averaged 4.62 miles of paving between 2010 and 2012.
In 2013, there was no paving activity in Brookhaven while the City assessed street conditions via a laser truck. In 2014, 8.65 miles of road were paved followed by 9.62 miles in 2015. To date in 2016, Brookhaven has paved 4.57 miles, with more to come by years-end. Sigman notes a total of approximately 18.8% of the City’s streets have been paved since incorporation.
But with all the paving the City has done, Sigman pointed out the criteria by which streets are selected is inconsistent, needs improvement and the City needs to formulate a 5-year plan.
In 2013, pavement management software was recommended but was not funded. According to Meehan and Sigman, the City aims to begin utilizing Lucidity Software which will enable establishing a system for street condition and paving priorities as well as a pavement management best practices framework.
Another task Sigman and Meehan are working toward is the implementation of a GIS condition tool on the City’s website allowing users to see the results of condition analysis and compiled data. This will enable residents to also see where pavement overlay (resurfacing) or reconstruction is most needed in the City, and where it is most likely to occur.
In 2013, the average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) was 60 – the higher the number the better. Since Brookhaven has been catching up on the paving backlog stretching back a number of years, the index has climbed to an average PCI index of 64. (Standard goal is ~65). The City also plans to conduct condition assessments every 3 years and update the street network PCI, an index that is created to assign a number to the average condition throughout the City.
Once a new system of paving selection strategies is installed, the paving priority list will be optimized by cost efficiency – with a priority on arterial streets, collector streets and high-volume local streets. This selection process will ensure paving is done systematically, doing away with the potential of politics being involved in the selection process.
For quantitative purposes, the City of Brookhaven has 121 “center line” miles of streets. Center line miles means the whole street, not “Lane Miles” or paved lanes, which adds up to many more miles, conversely. The net value of the roads in the City is about $92 million, according to Sigman.
More in the presentation as presented embedded below, as well as a listing of streets that have been paved and their condition prior. The presentation also describes the process by which paving vendors are selected and how the paving efforts are funded.