City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15
Percent of Lane Miles in Fair to Excellent Condition
The condition of the roadways in a community impacts mobility, commerce, and quality of life for its residents and businesses. The appearance of the roadways also makes a statement about the value of a community’s infrastructure and the commitment of the public to care for its transportation investment. The City’s ultimate goal is to improve and maintain the percentage of the inventory rated as satisfactory to at least 80% by the end of FY 2017-18.
Data is collected from an annual street condition survey and is used to classify the pavement condition. Streets rated as fair to excellent are considered satisfactory. To calculate the percentage, the total number of lane miles of streets rated as satisfactory is divided by the lane miles in the inventory.
FY 2014-15 Results
The established goal for this measure was 79.8% for FY 2014-15; the Department was short of the goal with an actual result of 79.5%.
Assessment of Results
The Department achieved the 80% mark in FY 2011-12, almost six years ahead of the FY 2017-18 schedule. However, due to several factors the pavement rating fell to 78.0% of fair-to-excellent in FY 2012-13. In that year, PWD contracted with a new consultant to assess pavement conditions, and several lane miles of pavements previously rated as fair or better fell into the poor range, including a limited number of lane miles that received overlay treatments. Additionally, lane miles that were programmed to be upgraded as part of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) had completion delayed until after the end of the reporting period. Finally, some scheduled roadway upgrades were delayed due to coordination of work requirements and reprogramming of funds to meet other needs. Therefore, the goal for FY 2014-15 was adjusted to 79.8%. However, efforts fell short of the 79.8% goal due to the consultant not meeting requirements to assess actual condition of the network, coordination efforts of CIP and operational projects in other departments resulted in deferring a number of planned street maintenance, and a higher learning curve associated with staff using a new work order management system (MAXIMO).
A revised contract to collect data of existing street conditions for the remainder of the City’s street network is in progress, which will help develop a five-year Service Plan and set priorities associated with maintenance activities. The Service Plan will be revised annually to account for budget adjustments and streets annexed and will help coordinate and ensure that projects selected for street preventive maintenance will have the most impact on the network. Furthermore, funding from the 2010 and 2012 transportation bonds will continue to fund reconstruction of “very poor” and “failed” streets leading to some improvement in the street network condition. Finally, data system improvements are underway for maintenance management with the implementation of MAXIMO and the development of infrastructure management systems.
For more information contact David V. Magaña, P.E., Office of the City Engineer, at (512) 974-7042.