New Hope Streets on Road to Improvement

New Hope Streets on Road to Improvement
Posted on 11/19/2020

New Hope staff and the city engineer presented the updated 10-year pavement management plan to New Hope City Council at the Nov. 16 work session.

The city of New Hope is continuously working to improve and maintain its roadways. The current city roadway network consists of around 65 miles of streets. Given the high costs of reconstruction, it’s crucial to maintain and extend the life of the existing pavement surfaces.
New Hope’s 10-year pavement management plan addresses the city’s street pavement needs. Each year, New Hope Public Works staff and the city engineer rate approximately one half of all New Hope streets. The ratings are incorporated into annual budgets and project forecasting parameters to create an overall street infrastructure management plan. This allows the city to identify and prioritize street maintenance activities by focusing on both short- and long-term issues, maximizing the return on each dollar invested. Depending on the roadway and underlying utility issues, maintenance strategies are identified as mill and overlay, reclaim and overlay or full reconstruction.

The plan includes street infrastructure and maintenance improvements from 2021 to 2030 to improve driving surface, improve quality of life, increase aesthetic value and increase safety in a cost-effective way while prolonging the overall life-expectancy of city streets.
Since implementation of the plan, the number of streets rated in poor or worse condition has decreased from 36% or 23.47 miles in 2013 to 7.6% or 4.96 miles in 2020.

Other significant progress includes:

  • Improvement of approximately 49% of city streets, or 31.6 miles, since 2013.
  • Increase in the average pavement rating index (PRI) to 80.06 for local streets and 82.06 for municipal state aid (MSA) streets compared to 75.91 and 81.24 in 2019, respectively. The approximate four-point increase in local street ratings is a result of improvements made to several poor or worse streets with the 2020 Street Infrastructure Project.
  • Decline in the number of water main breaks over the past 15 years, which may be attributed to increased focus on reconstructing streets with an extreme history of breaks.

The 10-year pavement management plan can be viewed here.