City Council ponders long-term street maintenance issues
Consultant study recommends that Camas invests in preventative maintenance now
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Camas continues to look at possible solutions to the question of how to fund the long-term maintenance of the city’s roadways. A recent report suggests that ideally the city should be investing upwards of $700,000 per year in its streets.
On April 15, the City Council was presented with the findings of a pavement management program report created by Capitol Asset & Pavement Services, Inc. An $18,500 professional services contract to hire the company was approved in December 2012.
Owner Joel Conder completed a survey of 112 miles of asphalt, taking note of every "crack, patch, pothole, depression and distortion." That information was transferred into a pavement management software program, which revealed that on a pavement condition index of zero to 100, with 100 being the best, Camas streets average a 78.
"Not too bad -- it really wasn't," he said, although Conder qualified his statement by adding that the newer streets on Prune Hill may skew the average a bit.