SG roads system hits target
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.”