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 Near Target

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

FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Volume of Trash Collected per Mile Swept

The Program is projected to meet its FY 2017-18 target for volume of trash collected per road mile swept.  The Program’s goal is to be as productive as possible in 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 new cameras in trash heavy areas, and implementation of an updated ordinance that places responsibilities also on adjacent property owners for trash fronting their buildings.  The Program believes that these efforts have resulted in an overall increase of trash collected.  In addition, the Program is working towards the implementation of 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 be working to determine how non-street sweeping trash collection efforts can be measured, so that it can more uniformly quantify the effectiveness of the County’s work efforts.

Cost per Mile of Road Maintenance

Heavy rainfall in the latter half of FY 2016-17 resulted in significant increases in road repair and maintenance needs.  Current projections call for a slightly higher cost per mile maintained than target.  These are generally considered to be costs that would normally be associated with a heavy winter rainfall season.  Cleanup work has largely been completed and future cost trends are projected to be more in line with historical trends.

Percent of Maintained Miles with PCI’s Greater than Baseline

The Program is projected to exceed the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) targets in FY 2017-18.  The Program is planning a significant increase in pavement treatment projects in FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 to continue to exceed targets for PCI within the County’s 316 mile 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 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, subject to the continued receipt of SB1 funding
  • Continue to work towards the execution of a Programmatic Maintenance Permit to allow routine maintenance efforts to proceed in a more timely basis
  • Develop project list for FY 2018-19 Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Act (RMRA) funding

Author: Joe Lo Coco, Deputy Director     Contact Email: jlococo@smcgov.org     Date Updated: 01-23-2018