Public Works: Road Construction & Operations (4520B)

Program Outcome Statement

Ensure that County maintained roads are safe, accessible and well maintained

Program Services

  • Roadways
  • Storm water facilities
  • Vegetation along roadways
  • Traffic control devices
  • Road equipment and vehicles

Overview

The Road Construction and Operations Program is comprised of three sections:
Road Maintenance - The Road Maintenance Section sweeps streets, repairs roads, clears debris, repairs slip out areas, cleans drainage and flood control facilities to minimize flooding, manages vegetation to allow clear sight distance along roadways, performs chip seals and prepares roads for proposed road improvement and resurfacing projects.
Road Equipment/Vehicles - The Road Equipment and Vehicle Maintenance Section ensures that all County owned vehicles, including Road Maintenance vehicles, are adequately equipped, repaired, operating in good condition at all times and in compliance with imposed regulations.
Road Operations - The Road Operations Section reviews traffic issues, new development plans for storm water point of discharge, driveway locations, right of way encroachments, traffic/parking requests, and provides customer support for various inquiries regarding rights of way and road maintenance services.

Volume of Trash Collected per Mile Swept Meeting Target

Cost per Mile of Road Maintenance Not Meeting Target

Percent of Maintained Miles with PCI's Greater than Baseline Exceeding Target

FY 2018-19 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Volume of Trash Collected per Mile Swept

The Program is projected to meet its FY 2018-19 target for volume of trash collected per road mile swept.  The Program’s goal is to be as productive as possible in both limiting trash and removing trash from roadways.  Towards this effort, the Program has implemented parallel trash reduction efforts, including: targeted efforts in the North Fair Oaks area to remove trash from roadways using Sheriff Work Program workers, installation of cameras in trash heavy areas, and amending an ordinance that assigns responsibility on adjacent property owners for trash fronting their buildings.  The Program believes these efforts have resulted in an overall reduction of visible trash on the public right-of-way.  In addition, the Program has implemented additional “No Parking” during street sweeping hour zones within the Harbor Industrial area to enable street sweepers to gather trash that may otherwise be accumulating near parked cars.  The Program will continue to refine how non-street sweeping trash collection efforts can be measured, so that it can quantify the effectiveness of the County’s efforts.

Cost per Mile of Road Maintenance

The Program is not projected to meet its target for Cost per Mile of Road Maintenance.  Heavy rainfall in the latter half of FY 2016-17 resulted in significant increases in road repairs, which were generally performed in the latter half of FY 2016-17 and in the first two quarters of FY 2017-18.  Although this period experienced a spike in outside contractor services, many of the repairs were attributed to specific projects and not to routine maintenance.  Because the FY 2017-18 winter was fairly dry and road damage was limited, the Program was able to focus more on maintenance activities that were deferred over the last couple of years and address the backlog in road repairs. With SB1 funding having been secured for a 10-year duration, the Program is evaluating opportunities to more aggressively address road maintenance needs. The Program will soon be evaluating more appropriate expenditure targets for future years.  However, given the projected heavy rainfall amounts winter, the Program will likely increase its future targets.

Percent of Maintained Miles with PCI’s Greater than Baseline

The Program is projected to meet the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) targets in FY 2018-19.  The continuation of SB1 funding allows the Program to plan for a significant number of pavement treatment projects spanning FYs 2018-19 and 2019-20.  These projects will allow the Program to continue to meet or exceed targets for PCI within the County’s 316-miles of maintained road system.  Future improvements, funded by SB1, will include cape seals, slurry seals, asphalt overlays, chip seals, and various road base treatments that will result in improved roadway conditions.

Future Priorities

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of trash reduction measures being implemented in North Fair Oaks and provide a continued focus on trash reduction goals within this area; consider installation of a large trash rack in storm water drainage facilities at the downstream end of the North Fair Oaks Community
  • Work to quantify the amount of trash collected through the Sheriff’s Work Program efforts in North Fair Oaks
  • Continue the active in-house chip seal program, which is a cost-effective way to maintain rural roads at satisfactory pavement condition indices
  • Continue with efforts begun in FY 2015-16 to aggressively mow vegetation that encroaches toward roadways and contributes toward pavement failures along road edges
  • Continue with ditch cleaning efforts that help effectively control roadside water and reduce pavement failures associated with oversaturated soils immediately adjacent to or underneath roadways
  • Continue implementing a strategy for improving failed roads in the County’s maintained road network to reduce the overall maintenance burden
  • Continue to work towards the execution of a Programmatic Maintenance Permit to allow routine maintenance efforts to proceed in a more timely basis


Author: Joe Lo Coco, Deputy Director     Contact Email: jlococo@smcgov.org     Date Updated: 01-17-2019