Brookhaven, GA, Apr. 12, 2017 – The Post Reports – Brookhaven Councilmembers unanimously awarded a $4.72 million contract to C.W. Matthews Wednesday. This contract will cover the costs of completing the City’s 2017 Capital Resurfacing Project for the Department of Public Works.
“Weather permitting, paving on all 59 streets should be substantially complete in September, with final repairs and punch list items complete by November,” the City said in a release. “Paving work should begin in June, shortly after the end of the school year to minimize traffic impact.”
According to the City, 18.8 percent of the City’s 120 miles of roads have been repaved since incorporation. Once thee 2017 project list is completed, the City says nearly 28% of Brookhaven’s city roads will be less than 4 years old.
“Maintaining our road infrastructure, after many years of neglect, is a crucial factor for the long-term success of Brookhaven, said City Manager Christian Sigman in the release. “It’s a quality of life issue for our residents, it’s a public safety issue for first responders, and it’s an economic development issue for our business community.”
As part of the contract award, C.W. Matthews will be expected to furnish all materials, equipment, and labor to complete the required construction as described in its entirety to the specifications as directed and the terms of this contract including all incidentals as directed by the City of Brookhaven Director of Public Works or his representative.
“Road paving is one of the bedrock services of local government. It’s very satisfying to get into high gear in addressing the backlog that’s on the books,” said Mayor John Ernst in the release. “Until now, it’s been mostly light resurfacing. This contract allows us to delve deeper into more comprehensive road rehabilitations and road reconstructions.”
The City says it uses a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) “to determine the quality of the asphalt of the road on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 representing the best condition possible. This approach uses a scientific criteria for prioritizing road repairs and improvements.”
Brookhaven’s Public Works Director Hari Karikaran explained in the release the average PCI of all City roads in 2013 was a 60, which is in the “fair” range. By 2016, Karikaran notes the City’s PCI improved to a 64, which is only one point away from the “good” range.
“Of course, we want to move that average into the very good and excellent ranges across the board,” said Karikaran. “As it stands now, we are only dealing with the worst roads. After we clear this list, we’ll have a new list of critical roads to address.”
The 59 streets that were selected for resurfacings, rehabilitations and reconstructions using the Pavement Condition Index, are as follows (Source: COB):