A new study will allow Claremore to take inventory of the quality of pavement of every street in the city.
Claremore City Council just signed off on a contract with MKEC for the completion of a Pavement Maintenance Plan costing the city $81,000.
"This is a pavement management plan for the entire city," explained Claremore Engineer Garrett Ball. "What this proposal includes is they will have someone come in and GIS all our streets, lengths, widths, pavement material, and they will also come in an analyze each section of pavement which allows them to put all this into a program and come up with a Pavement Quality Index."
He said that index will allow the city to know the quality of city streets, where the most deficient areas are.
"And that will allow us to plan future projects," Ball said.
City Manager Jim Thomas said, "It will help us prioritize where the biggest amount of money needs to be spent as opposed to us going out and grading the roads ourselves….this gives us prioritization: these are failing, these are the ones you need to take care of."
Ball said once the plan is complete the city will be able to come determine what amount of funding they can allocate for street maintenance each year.
"Then we can prioritize and eventually say we're going to get to this street at this time, and this street at this time," Ball said. "One of the neat features that came out of this is the information they collect will be entered into our city GIS (Geographic Information System mapping) program. We will be able to publish a map online that shows the pavement quality index of all our streets. If we wanted to go a step further we could even show the schedule of what streets will be repaired."
When asked, Ball said the $81,000 price tag is very reasonable compared to others he's seen.
"Every single street in Claremore?" asked city councilor Susan Kirtley.
Ball said, "Every single street."