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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Ada County roads deemed excellent/very good by reviewer


Garden City – 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.
 
Last summer, ACHD hired a firm to survey portions of every arterial and collector road.
 
Roads 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.
 
Arterials and collectors carry the highest volumes of traffic, and are of vital importance to the Highway District. The favorable score indicates ACHD is fulfilling its mission.
 
“Providing 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.”
 
The 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.
 
As 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.    

While residential roads were not included in this particular assessment, the Highway District plans to have those analyzed beginning next summer.

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