Council to consider new program to protect Lubbock roads

A new proposal to protect Lubbock roads

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Thursday the Lubbock City Council will consider whether to pass funding for the City of Lubbock Street Maintenance Program.

The Street Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for keeping all of the city's roads in good condition. This program will focus on preserving newer streets so they don't deteriorate.

This maintenance process will use asphalt rejuvenation on streets in good condition. Street maintenance is asking for a $7 million budget from the city to make this a reality. The city says that may seem hefty, but it will save money in the long run by extending the life of the pavement.

"This asphalt rejuvenation on council tomorrow is essentially a preventative maintenance situation," Wood Franklin, Director of Public Works, said.

There's a couple different ways streets can be fixed, including concrete repair and replacement and in-house mill and relay. Both include removing the surface of the street and replacing it and both cost a lot of money. The Street Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department is now asking for funds to use a different type of street maintenance, asphalt rejuvenation.

"Basically does what it says, rejuvenates the asphalt. It takes the asphalt that's been oxidized, dried out and it basically brings it back to life and it's a program we do fairly quickly," he said.

Each road in Lubbock is graded on its condition on a scale of 100 percent, based on things like roughness and cracking. While there are various types of programs targeted at different roads with different pavement condition, this specific program would focus on those streets with a rating of 70 percent and above.

"What we are doing with our rejuvenation program is a routine maintenance with the streets that are in good condition," he said.

Franklin says this is the best program for road repair because it's faster, very effective, and cheaper for taxpayers. Plus, it gets rid of potholes before they even form.

"In the long run, this is a great program that'll impact the citizens," Franklin said.

This program will be put to a vote Thursday at the City Council Meeting.

The City of Lubbock has a history of funding road repairs with debt, but Franklin said this program will be cash-funded.

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