KFP: City of Kinston releases 2012 Street Condition Survey

by David Anderson

Kinston city officials have released their 2012 Street Condition Survey, which details the conditions of more than 113 miles of city-maintained streets.

“I know it’s a big issue that a lot of citizens discuss a lot,” Mayor B.J. Murphy said this week.

The study — the first survey of Kinston streets since 2007 — provides an alphabetical list of all streets, and a ranking of every street by its condition, from worst to best.

Murphy said city leaders can use the Street Condition Survey to prioritize which streets can be designated for resurfacing in the annual budget.

The report indicates the life of a city street is 15 to 30 years, and officials should refurbish 3.7 percent of the municipal street network every year — 4.19 miles, or 22,123 linear feet.

“Given the average current cost to perform street resurfacing is $23 per linear foot, the annual expenditures necessary to maintain city streets would be $508,829,” the report stated.

The current fiscal year 2012 budget, approved by the City Council last year, includes an allocation of $100,000 for street resurfacing. The city allocated $150,000 for streets in its 2011 budget.

City Councilman and Mayor pro tem Joe Tyson said council members have asked City Manager Tony Sears to look into how more money can be found for street resurfacing and repairs in the 2013 budget — which Sears and other city officials are currently developing and must be approved by the council before July 1.

“It would be premature for me to say exactly where he’s going to get that money, but I can guarantee that is one of the priorities we’re looking at,” Tyson said.

The Street Condition Survey can be found on the Kinston Department of Public Services’ website, kinstonpublicservices.com.

Tyson said putting the survey online — a suggestion made by the mayor — should show transparency on the part of the city, and “that we are in fact trying desperately to find ways and means to repair our roads.”

Each street was rated on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being a perfect score. Points were deducted for cracking, rutting, surface erosion, ride quality and patches.

The five streets with the worst ratings were Briarfield Road — 63.75 percent; Pollock Street between Highland Avenue and Jones Avenue — 63.75 percent; Hodges Road between Westbrook Drive and Graham Drive — 64.75 percent; Rhodes Avenue between Pollock Street and Harvey Circle — 65.75 percent; and Clover Lane between its dead end and Greenmeade Drive — 66.75 percent.

Sixteen streets had ratings of 100 percent, including five sections of College Street, Daniels Street, Emerson Road, Gordon Street, two sections of Grainger Avenue, King Street between Orion and Adkin Streets, Peyton Avenue, Pollock Street, two sections of Rhem Street, and Tiffany Street between Bright and King Streets.

Public Services Director Rhonda Barwick said anyone who does not have Internet access at home can either view the document online at a public computer at the local library or other institution, or visit the Public Services Complex at 2360 U.S. 258 South to view a hard copy.

“They can take a look at it there and if there’s certain areas (of the report) they’re interested in we can make copies of those,” Barwick said.

For more information, call Public Services at 252-939-3282.


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