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Which Yorkville Roads to Repair First?

City leaders are considering spending $102,974 for a pavement management study that could help plan future maintenance, repairs.

Yorkville recently spent $50,000 patching parts of Game Farm Road, but one need not drive far too find deteriorated pavement on that road.

Or several roads throughout the older parts of town.

City leaders acknowledge they do not have funds for large-scale road improvement projects but are considering spending about $102,974 for a study that could help them plan and budget for future road projects. The cost of the study is not included in the city's contract with Engineering Enterprises Inc. of Sugar Grove for general engineering services.

The study likely will be discussed at the next City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

If aldermen approve the expense, city engineers would inspect and inventory city roads, assigning each road a score based on its overall condition and the types of deterioration it has, Bradley Sanderson of EEI said at the Oct. 25 City Council meeting.

Then, they would estimate the cost of repairing and maintaining each road and develop a plan for tackling the projects; it's not always best to address the worst roads first, Sanderson said.

Mayor Gary Golinski favored conducting the study, arguing that it could help leaders plan appropriately for maintaining and repairing roads in newer parts of town. Those roads were built at about the same time, so they might need to be resurfaced at the same time.

Golinski also said developing a plan would take the politics out of future road decisions. Aldermen Larry Kot (Ward 2), Jackie Milschewski (Ward 2), and Chris Funkhouser (Ward 3) voiced support for the study.

Some aldermen, however, said the city did not have the money.

"I’m sure there are roads out there that are bad and everyone in town could tell you that their road is bad," Alderman Diane Teeling (Ward 4) said. "... By the time we have the money to do it, we’d probably have to redo the study.”

Engineers typically suggest updating the plan every 5 years, Sanderson said.

 

Should city leaders spend the money for a pavement study and long-term repair plan? Based on your experience, which Yorkville roads are the worst? (Patch Editor Jillian Duchnowski photographed several area roadways on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Some photographs include two-inch toy cars to provide scale.)

Glass is half full November 07, 2011 at 04:45 PM
The Engineering Dept has already done this study not just once but every year? In this tight economy, is it really smart to spend $102,000 of tax payer money on a study. Put that money into repairs.
Bill Barkley November 07, 2011 at 06:10 PM
I can't say for sure as I retired two years ago, but it was something we did every year. Since we no longer have an Engineering Dept. I can't say when the last study was done.
Corey Johnson November 07, 2011 at 06:32 PM
The last "6-Year Capitol Improvement Program" was reviewed by the Public Works Committee on 11/16/10. I'm guessing that is what Mr. Barkley is talking about. Just to throw my 2 cents in, I think it is really fishy that after abolishing the Engineering Dept. the City leadership now decides that we should have an outside firm do the same work without a competitive bidding process and a built in profit motive.
Brent Hatch November 08, 2011 at 12:50 PM
That pothole swallowed a Volvo!
john Henry November 11, 2011 at 08:34 PM
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that everytime the police dept. tickets a overweight truck they tack 80,000lb + truck to the police dept to issue the ticket. Game farm road is a 10,000lb road not a 100,000lb rd like RT.47.

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