Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pavement Management Overview

AS PROMISED...As promised, we now have more information for you on the presentation last Tuesday by Peter Naghavi, Public Services Director, and Ernesto Munoz, City Engineer.


Today the entire PowerPoint presentation has been uploaded to the City website and can be viewed HERE. If you wish to view the entire Study Se
ssion, including the OCFA presentation AND the Pavement Management Overview click HERE.


The Pavement Management Overview is an excellent p
resentation of the state of Costa Mesa's streets and alleys and provides plenty of easy-to-understand detail.

When you go to the link above you'll learn that each street and alley is evaluated using established criteria that generates a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for each pavement section. His chart, one of many in the overview, shows the condition of our streets based on their PCI.

I encourage you to take just a few minutes to follow the link to the overview and scroll through it. If there are questions you have, go to the link to the video clip of the study session, click on the second segment and listen to the excellent presentation and the Q & A with the council members. Among the very informative charts you'll find is one showing just how much it costs
, per square foot, to repair our streets depending on their condition.

This summary, also taken from the overview, shows the Findings and Recommendations, including the need to budget around $5 million each year for the next 7 years to raise the PCI level for all our streets to a higher level. As in many things in life, fixing our streets is simply a
function of having enough dollars allocated to do the work. The more we spend the quicker the streets get fixed.


Most of this work, by the way, is already being contracted out. City staffers do pothole repair and minor, temporary maintenance fixes, but the big jobs are sent out to bid and contracted out.


Thanks to Peter Naghavi and Ernesto Munoz for providing this excellent report to the council and to all of us so we can better understand what's involved in keeping our streets and alleys in good repair.

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Anonymous Barry P. said...

Great report! It's about time we started spending more money on the streets we pay for with our tax money instead of outrageous salaries for our out of town Police and Fire folks. It's refreshing to see that this will hopefully be a priority now with the new Council. Where will an additional $5 mil come from--hmmmm, maybe closing a fire station like OCFA recommends?

3/10/2011 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

BarryP., you and I will disagree about those salaries, but Naghavi and Munoz did a terrific job with this report. Take the time to look it over... lots of good stuff - too much to post here. Our streets measure up nicely to surrounding cities - about as you might guess - and there's a chart showing that in the report.

You may recall Mansoor's mantra about safe, clean streets. Well, on his watch that "street" part was overlooked to some extent - too busy chasing invisible brown invaders.

3/10/2011 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

What are the numbers that pass by triangle square everyday??? Thought I heard 100,000 per day. South Coast Plaza has to be higher. So Berry, by closing a fire station and dropping salaries your previously posted 20% will give us better streets. You also have a real itch about our city employees living outside the city limits. Well, of those 100,000 do you think that is all CM residents. With your logic, we should be charging Newport Beach for the Triangle Square traffic and Segerstrom for the SCP traffic. Thankfully he likes nice and fresh looking streets so he does that area by himself.
It just seems kind of silly to me to bring the pavement management conversation into the FD conversation. I hope the CMFD is looking at ways to lower the costs to the city. Pretty streets in place of a shoddy FD does not pencil out well to me. Whatever!

3/10/2011 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous What a waste said...

Yes, a "great" report and a "terrific" report because it proves that Naghavi is just another mindless bureaucrat without a clue and without any responsibility to the taxpayers. By asking for a budget increase during the city's fiscal meltdown, Naghavi has shown that he cannot manage in a crisis and cannot be trusted with taxpayer dollars. As a result of this "great" and "terrific" report, he has given the council no choice but to start the outsourcing process immediately. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Naghavi.

3/10/2011 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Columbo said...

Hey Rich ,
Barry P. is "The Mouth". He's been trying to catch "haters" on his blog all week. He says they change their screen names, but their "writing style" is gives 'em away.... JACKASS! Oh, did I say that out loud?

3/10/2011 08:33:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

If I was smart enough to have multiple names I would also be smart enough to change my writing style for each. The mouth is too big to compensate for a small brain.

3/10/2011 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

What a waste, Naghavi didn't ask for an increase. He was asked what it would take to move the streets up the scale and answered the question - as he should have. A great part of the funding for major street repairs comes from grants, not out of the General Fund. And so you know, Naghavi's crew is the hardest hit by the recent budget dilemma. They lost many senior people when the retirement program was enhanced a couple years ago to encourage early retirement and it's very likely that much of what he has left in terms of people resources will be among those considered for "outsourcing".

3/10/2011 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Barry P. said...

"Columbo" you got me. I'm your "mouth." What gave it away, the black outfit I'm wearing right now! Please! I'm in the white pages if you're so inclined to look me up. I just happen to have more time on my hands now and this budget stuff has energized me and my neighbors. It's great to have a place to agree and disagree about stuff!

3/11/2011 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Barry P., happy to have you here commenting, regardless your costume. Hope you'll be able to carve out some time to attend the occasional council meeting now, too. It changes your perspective.

3/11/2011 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous What a waste said...

Pot Stirrer: In one of the slides on your blog it says that the Pavement CIP needs to increase each year. Isn't he asking for more money there? Thanks.

3/11/2011 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

What a waste, I believe that's a reflection of options if the council wants to raise the level of the paving. As I said earlier, it's just a function of money...

3/11/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Krochman said...

Boy... I know that I am a bit slow sometimes, but I can't believe it took me this long to put two and two together.

This whole thing is really about the condition of our streets.

If we cut police, city staff and go with a single ambulance instead of a firetruck accompanying a paramedic, we drastically reduce the wear and tear on our roads! Now it all makes sense! It isn't about pensions and budget gaps and all the rest of the controversies going around. It is about improving the condition of our roads!

The only thing they screwed up on is the fact that ABLE doesn't use the roads and, in fact, provides police services with zero road wear and tear. Must have been an oversight.

3/11/2011 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

Our streets are fine the way they are. It's just Riggy not having a clue. There needs to be a law that prevents someone who has only lived here for four years to be on council. An anti-carpetbagging law would be nice too.

3/12/2011 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Max said...

Barry P. might not be the mouth but he sounds like a neo-con which is what the mouth has turned into. Spending too much on our streets runs up the deficit just like spending too much money on the fire department. This is all just a Riggy grandstand. He won't be happy until everything is outsourced to the lowest bidder. He'd hire $5 an hour day laborers to man the fire stations if he could get away with it. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he dreams of being a CEO of a big American corporation just so he can send jobs to China and India.

3/12/2011 06:23:00 PM  

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