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Update to City's Urban Transportation Plan (City of Kootenai)

Friday, October 23, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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To Include the 2015 City Wide Pavement Management Plan and the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan

The City of Kootenai’s Engineer, Ryan Luttmann, of J-U-B ENGINEERS worked in accordance with the Independent Highway District to provide a survey and inspection of road conditions using the IWORQ program. The IWORQ program is used to inventory road conditions and help estimate the remaining service life in terms of design life for each section of road. For example, if a road was designed for 20 years and has existed for eight years with no additional maintenance, the assumed remaining service life is 12 years. The inventory indicates that the average service life for the 6.2 miles of road within the City of Kootenai is approximately 13 years.

The current annual road maintenance budget for the city of Kootenai is approximately $30,000. The budget is used to perform road reconstruction, preventative and routine maintenance, engineering, and any other unforeseen or catastrophic maintenance.

The evaluation was conducted to provide a 5-year plan for preventative maintenance, reconstruction, and routine maintenance. When this plan is executed properly, Kootenai can invest money in roads using a preventative strategy rather than making short-term budget decisions. Over time, this may better preserve the entire road network value on a given budget. It is estimated that this strategy could reduce the road value deterioration by approximately $322,000 over five years when compared to not investing in the roads.

For more info, contact:

Ronda L. Whittaker

Clerk/Treasurer

208-265-2431

kootclerk@nctv.com


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