Engineer reports list of Brady streets, suggests remedies

After several weeks of engineering studies about what and how to best begin the arduous task of refurbishing the streets in Brady, Frank Carmichael with HVJ Associates, Inc. has completed the initial surveys and will present his findings and recommendations to the Brady City Council this week during the regular council meeting Wednesday morning. In a press release issued by Carmichael, he summarizes the information he has gathered and proposes very general plans. Of the factors considered and relevant to the current street conditions, Carmichael noted six specific points. Those factors are the age of the network of streets, historically inadequate reconstruction frequency, strained capital spending programs, maintenance cost increases, original roadway designs that are inadequate for modern traffic and drainage needs stemming from the limited number of storm sewers. “These are the primary challenges facing the City of Brady leaders and its maintenance staff,” states Carmichael. “Historically a street patching and surface sealing program has been used to slow road deterioration and improve conditions; however, the time has now been reached in many cases where those treatments are no longer adequate. “In addition, there are a large number of gravel surfaced (unpaved) roads which also require City resources for maintenance. This has created a large backlog of street pavement maintenance, rehabilitation and/or construction needs. “The City of Brady cannot correct all of the problems at once, but is adopting a systematic approach to improving the overall network.” Concluding his statement, Carmichael lists three plans which he suggests the City consider that stem from the engineering analyses. The first plan states that the City should reconstruct some roads which carry the most traffic and serve large areas of the City. “Recycling techniques are being designed to provide the most cost effective and timely treatment of these roads,” said Carmichael. “This will provide a major improvement to these streets.” The second plan suggests that the City complete a surface seal coat program to reduce the rate of deterioration on the other paved streets to preserve the investment. He states that the city maintenance staff should patch the streets prior to the seal coats and that the seals are expected to provide some improvement to the street’s condition as well as slow the rate of deterioration. He does note, however, that this process will not correct all problems. The final part of the plan suggests putting gravel on unpaved streets, blading and compacting them and applying a single surface chip seal. “Doing this will provide for an improved ride quality and will be easier to maintain in the future,” he said.” The details of the survey as well as of the recommendations will be formally presented to the council Wednesday at the City Council meeting.

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