City crews work hard to fill the void

Lisa Goudy
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The intersection of Henry Street and Ninth Avenue Northwest is pictured this week. Road repairs are ongoing in the city.

Road repair progress to double in July

Residents are going to see a big difference in road repairs come July.

The second pothole truck is scheduled to arrive by the end of July.

“We’re not even a third into the season and we have over half the backlog done. That’s really good progress,” said Duane Grado, public works manager. “So we anticipate that we’ll get all the backlog done for sure and the ones that occur in 2014. It’s overwhelming. It’ll be a very positive thing for the residents of Moose Jaw.”

There are currently two crews working daily on priority city streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“The heaviest travelled streets by vehicles are the ones that we’re attending to first,” said Grado. “By the middle of summer, we’re going to have four crews dedicated to the rehabilitation related to potholes. That’s going to show significant progress.”

If the city receives a complaint of a bad pothole, he added, crews would go out and fix it.

Further to potholes, Cypress Paving is doing pavement rehabilitation work on major patches measuring 20 feet by 20 feet. Those are related to water main breaks and service connections.

There was a backlog of 150 and as of Thursday morning, the contractor is already more than half done.

“It’s working better than we anticipated,” said Grado. “Last year, (the contractor) had to use the resources he had. This year he’s hired a dedicated crew that’s staying on that. So that’s why we’re getting so many done this early in the game.”

The department is also working on major pavement rehabilitation of entire average blocks. There is an inventory of between 30 and 35 blocks that will be repaved this year.

Some blocks require removing existing pavement and recapping it with an inch and a half to two inches of new pavement. Cypress Paving will do most of that work.

“If we see any repairs that are required once we’ve removed the existing asphalt — we call that milling — once we’ve completed our milling program, if we see any failures, the city crews will come and patch those quickly,” said Grado.

That program is set to start next Monday and should be finished by late September.

Grado added the biggest capital program is recapping streets. Crews look at priority and residential streets.

“We drive every street, we evaluate it and give it a rating of one to 10 and then the streets that are the worst, we check them out,” he said. “As long as the infrastructure under the ground — that being water and sewer — are in good shape, then we’ll do the rehab on the street according to the weakest pavement first.”

However, if there is a history of water main breaks under a road, the pavement work will be delayed. After the water mains are fixed, crews will finish the pavement rehabilitation.

“We obviously don’t want to put the pavement down first and then wind up, three years later, having the water main in a condition where we need to replace it,” said Grado, “So we have a look at the records on it and that’s how we prioritize.”

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Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Julie Nelson
    June 19, 2014 - 15:28

    I agree things are getting better but, there is a long way to go yet. I would like to see Mr Grado do a drive around the city, especially the main roads and mark every pothole to be sure they get done. Also, hoping when they are done that they do a better fill.... rather than a spot here and a spot there, do a larger area at a time to encompass a bunch of holes. It just works so much better. Example is Main St N between tracks and thatcher dr. Thank You! Sincerely Julie Nelson