Overview Maplewood's Pavement Management Policy defines the procedure for scheduling maintenance or reconstruction of city streets to extend the overall expected life cycle. Street pavement has the shortest life cycle of all public infrastructure systems. This is primarily due to extreme physical abuse from frequent and heavy traffic and exposure to harsh environmental elements.
Pavement Management Program Under a pavement management program, the physical condition of city street surfaces is evaluated and rated. The amount of time spent on maintaining a street is also taken into consideration.
Then, a determination is made as to where the street is in its projected life cycle. This information is helpful in deciding what maintenance options might provide the most economical long-term benefit. Some areas will require total reconstruction, while others may require nothing more than an overlay.
Usually it is the older streets that will require a total reconstruction because they were never truly “constructed”. They may have been gravel streets that were oiled and overlaid at different times in the past.
Seal-coating and overlays are no longer cost-effective options for those types of streets. An in-depth evaluation is done of streets in a particular area that are proposed for a public improvement project.
Resident Meetings Prior to Projects
The Public Works Department will contact the residents in that proposed area approximately 6 months in advance to hold meetings and discuss the possibility of a project in their neighborhood.
The meetings offer residents the opportunity to have input on the scope of the project or whether a project should even be done at all.
Defining Standard Assessment Rates
The Maplewood Pavement Management Program defines standard assessment rates for different levels of street improvements. The assessment rates have been established so that approximately 50% of the cost of a project is paid for by the benefiting neighborhood through assessments and 50% is paid for by the community through a general tax levy.
This approximate 50/50 split provides some balance of financial cooperation between the city and the neighborhoods that will benefit the most from street improvements. These assessment rates are adjusted each year.
Maplewood’s pavement management program provides for a reconstruction of every street in the city during a 35 to 40-year period.
Current policy provides for property owner participation in the reconstruction program only.