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City paves way for street survey; Roswell has $150,000 allocated for road maintenance and repair

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Two large potholes can be seen in the middle of the street on North Cole Avenue. (Alison Penn Photo )

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City of Roswell officials are discussing a street condition survey for 367 miles of roads.

City Manager Joe Neeb said results from a citizen survey, in which 642 Roswell residents participated, showed the lowest satisfaction in the category of road maintenance. On the citizen survey, 218 participants rated the roads and sidewalks as very poor and 165 rated them as poor. Several comments on the survey said roads needed fixing and the state of sidewalks was unsatisfactory — and even dangerous. Neeb said streets and sidewalks compliant with the American Disabilities Act help Roswell be a walkable community.

City Engineer Louis Najar discussed the upcoming street survey at the city retreat on Saturday, and in prior meetings. Najar said the city has $150,000 allocated for roads and his departments plan to work on high traffic arterials and collector streets first and then move on to residential streets.

“How do we fix streets?” Najar asked. “The way we are trying to fix these streets right now is the street superintendent says, ‘I’m having the most problems with this one.’ Literally, some other people throw darts. You could throw a dart at any street in Roswell and it would help.”

Najar said the city sent out a request for proposals for the upcoming street condition survey and the proposals will be received on May 8. Once the proposals are received the infrastructure committee can vote to send a recommendation to the full council, which can then vote to go into negotiations with the engineers.

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“The overall goal of this survey is to provide the data tools and training to develop and maintain the street management program from future years and to report the results as needed for the budget,” he said. “It’s a way that we can go out there and look at every street and rank them, then every year when we come up to budget we have a way to tell you these are the next ones in line.”

In the surveys, Najar said, cracking, potholes, rutting and smoothness of the street will be examined and ranked as good, fair or poor. He added the poor streets will never become good streets without reconstruction and that streets need continual care regardless of condition.

In addition to the street survey, he wants the need for curbs, gutters and sidewalks included in the survey. Najar said the city will have access to a ‘living document’ database containing the progress of these infrastructure projects for the city.

“Roswell is ahead of the game in so many ways. We have a crack sealing team and machine. We have the injection pothole machine. We have two pothole machines even though one of them is getting fixed right now. We do fog seals, slurry seals — we do micro surfacing. We do hot recycling, we do mill and fill — we do a lot of stuff that bigger cities don’t do.

“Every street is at a different place in their service life. We’ve got to address it the best we can.”

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.