Mission might pause residential street maintenance program for 2018

The updated plan for the year calls for completion of new sidewalks around Highlands Elementary.

Mission might put its residential street repavement plans on hold for the rest of this year and focus instead on completion of six high-priority public works projects.

The pause would give the city the chance to conduct a detailed analysis of the condition of its roads to create a plan to prioritize street work in the coming years.

City staff has recommended that Mission allocate a total of $425,000 for the six projects this year — $350,000 from the Residential Street Maintenance Program and $75,000 from Public Works Maintenance Programs.

The projects are:

  1. Sidewalk replacement near Highlands Elementary School: $55,000 (and identified by students and residents as a necessary project).
  2. Redesign and repair accessible ramp on the northwest corner of Roe Avenue and 60th Street: $20,000.
  3. Mill and overlay the 52nd Street cul-de-sac just west of Lamar Avenue: either $25,000 for pavement only, or $65,000 if curb and sidewalk are included.
  4. Geotechnical analysis of all streets in Mission: $200,000 with Olsson & Associates. “By finishing this work, staff will have comprehensive information on street condition that will assist in reformatting the residential street program.”
  5. Re-striping in high-traffic areas to improve visibility and safety: $40,000. These include the intersections of: Johnson Drive and Nall Avenue; Johnson Drive and Martway Street; 51st Street and Lamar Avenue; and Foxridge Drive and Lamar Avenue.
  6. Spot curb repairs, including areas that hold water, cause water issues, or are in front of driveways: about $45,000 would be available.

Public Works Director Joh Belger said discontinuing pavement work would give the city time to complete the geotechnical analysis of Mission’s transportation network, adding that he anticipates having the final plan before council for a vote in August.

“If we could do some of these things and take this year as kind of our catch-up year, to get caught up on some of those things that have lingered out there for some time, that it would definitely be a benefit for us,” Belger told the council’s community development committee in its Wednesday meeting.

Implemented in 2011, Mission’s annual Residential Street Maintenance Program directs city funds to such projects as mill and overlay, seal application, spot curb replacement, improvements to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and ongoing data collection. So far, about 50 miles of residential roadway have seen maintenance work through the program.

City Administrator Laura Smith said the geotechnical analysis will create a complete look to show staff what work has been completed and how long ago, and also what still needs to be done. By doing so, the city can be both cost- and time-efficient in public works projects, she said.

“Whether it’s 2019 or the next five years or the next 10 years… before we take on any other really big programs or projects, we need to have a sense of how we want to approach that,” Smith said.

Council member Ken Davis said he thinks the staff is taking a “good approach” with its recommended plan. Council member Debbie Kring thanked Belger, adding that she’s “really looking forward to a resolve” for the cul-de-sac work on 52nd Street.

“They’ve been really patient for the last two years waiting for this,” Kring said. “I’ll be really excited to see the resolve on that. There’s a lot of people waiting to see what the city’s going to do.”

Davis and councilmember Sollie Flora both recommended the staff create a plan to communicate the new program with Mission residents so that people can be aware of the reason for delays on streetwork.