More road money; Smarter road repairs
If you look at a national ranking of state spending on roads for any period over the last 50 years, you’ll always find Michigan down among the bottom ten. The condition of our roads reflects it — including our roads in Ann Arbor. The roads are absolutely terrible. We all know it.
It took a long time for our roads to get this bad, and it will take some time to make them better. We are spending millions more than ever before on our roads. This additional spending will continue. We have started to make some progress, and we want 80% of our streets to quality for a “Good to Excellent” rating by 2025.
Funding Shifts: To the largest extent possible, we’re using county, state, and federal funding sources on major street projects in order to reserve as much of the City’s Street, Bridge, and Sidewalk millage funds local streets projects.
Implementation of New Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM): For years, we used a “worst first” approach to road repair. Significantly investing to vastly improve a few roads, however, meant we had to let many others deteriorate. Now we’re taking a different approach. This Spring, the city crews are applying a new kind of surface treatment to nine miles of major roads and 22 miles of local roads. This treatment amends and seals existing pavement surfaces and will improve the treated streets rating from fair to good or excellent.
Continued Use of Standard Pavement Treatments: While overall treatment strategy has switched from a “worst first” approach to one emphasizing CPM treatments, the City will continue to spend funds on pavement treatments such as reconstruction and rehabilitation. Traditional treatment dollars will be directed almost exclusively to treat streets near the bottom of the rating scale. As CPM treatments gradually elevate the overall condition of the City’s street system, an increasing amount of funding will be directed towards this effort. However, in order to achieve system-wide, long term goals, a number of these streets will remain low-rated for some time