The City of Brentwood’s Public Works Department used video technology recently to help complete a job that normally takes two months, in two weeks. Each year, the City creates an annual roadway re-surfacing priority list. To create this list, staff would drive on city streets for hours, over weeks to visually evaluate all city streets. Crews would then spend more time manually entering the information into a computer. Once the yearly paving budget is approved, staff would then recheck about 100 streets on the priority list to make sure they were still in most need of repaving.
As part of the FY 2017 Capital Improvement Program, $100,525.00 was allotted for a comprehensive video condition assessment of all City-maintained streets using the latest technology. During summer of 2017, a specially equipped vehicle collected video and other sensor information for each street’s condition. This video system used a proprietary data collection technology and is rapidly becoming the norm for pavement assessment by municipalities across the country. Engineering Director Mike Harris said, “this video assessment process not only documents and prioritizes resurfacing needs, but it also captures sidewalks and curb ramps around the City.” This information will be used later to develop a federally required ADA Transition Plan to bring all our facilities into compliance with regulations over the next several years.
“The new process and database will allow staff to more accurately predict how many streets can be paved each year. It will also enhance our ability to predict paving needs further into the future. We will no longer need to perform a full assessment each year; rather, we will utilize the database and only perform a full video assessment every two to four years to “reset” the baseline,” Harris added.
Attached is a list of City of Brentwood maintained streets recommended for repair and resurfacing in FY 2018. The total budgeted in FY 2018 for street resurfacing is $2,200,000. The attached list of streets total 23.7 lane miles (11.8 road miles) for repair and resurfacing work,or approximately 5% of total lane miles under City control today, at a cost of $2,031,755.