SG roads sys­tem hits tar­get

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News In­ven­tory Man­ual for Mu­nic­i­pal Roads, and the U. S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s A Quick Check of Your High­way Net­work’s Health

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff If you’re driv­ing in South Glen­garry, chances are you’re do­ing so on a fairly high-stan­dard road.

That’s the as­sess­ment of Dave An­der­son – pres­i­dent of the Kitch­ener- based 4 Roads Man­age­ment Ser­vices – who re­cently told town­ship coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s 383-km-long road net­work has a ‘cur­rent sys­tem ad­e­quacy mea­sure’ rank­ing of 74.4 per cent.

“The min­i­mum tar­get range should be 60 per cent, based on former pro­vin­cial tar­gets,” that are cur­rently un­der re­view, added Mr. An­der­son, dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing of coun­cil on Septem­ber 6.

De­spite that pos­i­tive re­view, he ex­plained that the re­main­ing 25.6 per cent will need to be “re­con­structed” over the next decade.

Mr. An­der­son – an as­set man­age­ment spe­cial­ist with over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a mu­nic­i­pal em­ployee, and nearly a decade as a con­sul­tant – used a num­ber of tools in per­form­ing the as­sess­ment of the town­ship’s roads sys­tem, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion’s guide, as well as an­a­lytic com­puter soft­ware.

He also in­spected much of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s roads sys­tem in per­son.

In his firm’s State of the In­fra­struc­ture (SOTI) re­view, Mr. An­der­son stated that the town­ship should be “in­vest­ing” over $3 mil­lion an­nu­ally for roads-re­lated cap­i­tal and main­te­nance projects, based on a 50-year life cy­cle.

Ac­cord­ing to its 2016 draft cap­i­tal and op­er­at­ing bud­get, the town­ship is slated to spend just over $2.8 mil­lion this year for road ad­min­is­tra­tion and main­te­nance.

The SOTI re­view’s sug­gested $3mil­lion-plus to­tal in­cludes $1,162,641 an­nu­ally for resur­fac­ing gravel roads on a three-year cy­cle, based on adding 75 mm every three years; and $926,700 per year for hot mix resur­fac­ing – cov­er­ing an an­nual av­er­age of 3.3 km of road­way.

“This re­port pro­vides a re­view of the state of the in­fra­struc­ture for your roads, but we’ve taken it a step fur­ther be­cause we’ve also cre­ated a mas­sive fi­nan­cial plan as well,” ex­plained Mr. An­der­son.

Among the other rec­om­men­da­tions in­cluded in the SOTI re­view – which was pre­sented for in­for­ma­tion pur­poses only: es­tab­lish a more ac­cu­rate/con­sis­tent method for traf­fic count­ing (ap­prox­i­mately 69 per cent of traf­fic counts are es­ti­mated and the per­cent­age of heavy trucks and sim­i­lar com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are not in­cluded); and scrap­ping the prac­tice of ditch in­fill­ing in new sub­di­vi­sions, since in­ad­e­quate drainage “greatly af­fects the per­for­mance of roads from a struc­tural per­spec­tive and may also cause prop­erty dam­age through flood­ing.”

The re­port also noted that, in the town­ship, “there ap­pears to be a num­ber of gravel road sec­tions that may be suit­able for con­ver­sion to a hard-top sur­face,” and that “there were a num­ber of low-vol­ume sec­tions that may be vi­able for clo­sure...The key cri­te­ria is not land­lock­ing an­other prop­erty.”

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