– The pavement of Ada County’s major roads is generally in
very good or excellent condition, according to a “report card” issued this week
by an outside expert.
summer, ACHD hired a firm to survey portions of every arterial and collector
were rated on the amount of surface distress (cracks, potholes, etc.) and the
smoothness/ride comfort of the roads, judged on a 100-point scale and given
overall condition grades. The condition categories ranged from Very
Poor/Failed, to Fair/Poor, Good, and to Excellent/Very Good. ACHD roads scored
in the Excellent/Very Good category averaging 85 for arterials and 84 for
collectors, an overall Excellent rating.
and collectors carry the highest volumes of traffic, and are of vital
importance to the Highway District. The favorable score indicates ACHD is fulfilling
quality roadways and protecting and maintaining Ada County’s $3 plus billion
dollar infrastructure is important to our customers and us, and we will
continue to strive to maintain these scores,” said ACHD Director Bruce Wong.
“We will also continue to be attentive and investigate innovative measures to
ensure we maintain this level of quality for Ada County at the most effective
cost to the taxpayer.”
Director added, “In the last five years, the Highway District has spent $12-$16
million a year on pavement maintenance alone. However, with increasing demand,
increasing preventative maintenance challenges, and growing unfunded federal
EPA requirements, the Highway District is looking at a quickly expanding
investment demand that could meet or exceed an additional $40 million per year
in preventative maintenance alone.” The 2015 ACHD budget totals $97 million.
ACHD is dedicated to maintaining a first-class road system, this challenge and
resulting options will be the critical discussion that will continue over the
next several months among elected officials and ACHD experts.
roads were not included in this particular assessment, the Highway District
plans to have those analyzed beginning next summer.