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.)