College Station hires third party to evaluate city streets

POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 9:18pm

The College station public works department is responsible for a number of maintenance issues on a daily basis so evaluating each street in town typically isn't the first item on their to-do list.

"Taking two or three of our equipment operators and field workers out of the field and onto the streets to do that scoring for 2-3 months takes away from their productivity in the field," said Public Works director, Chuck Gilman. 

But maintaining good roadways are important so for the second year the city has signed a roughly $57,000 contract with a third party, Gessner Engineering, to rate every street in town.

"One of the big advantages of having the engineering firm rate our streets it the objectivity they bring to the assessment," said Gilman."

The contractor will look at different factors like how bumpy or smooth the ride is to determine if the road needs repairs.

Gilman said this evaluations helps the city determine what streets need to be addressed.

"They'll give it a score and document the different distresses present and what that'll do is allow us to do is develop a maintenance strategy for each street over the next two to three years."

A strategy that will not only improve our roadways but maximize the streets' lifespan all while making your drive around town as smooth as possible.


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