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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Pocatello Street Operations Dept. Wraps Paving Year, Treats 30+ Miles

A Pocatello Street Operations Department crew paves a road in Pocatello.

The 2019 paving year is in the books for the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department. 

Over the past year, the department’s crews were able to treat 30.85 miles of road around the Gate City. To maintain the City’s streets, workers use several road rehabilitation options including microsealing, fog sealing, chip sealing, and fully repaving the street.  

“It’s a data-driven process that helps us get the right treatment on at the right time,” said Tom Kirkman, City of Pocatello Deputy Public Works Director. “Using an algorithm, we are able to specifically target each road for a specific treatment option that’ll extend the life of the road surface by several years. Ultimately, the process helps us make the most of each taxpayer dollar.”  

2019 work also sees the city’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score ticked up to 77.1. A PCI score is the condition rating of roads and is based on a scale from 0 to 100. Streets scoring 0 to 40 are considered poor, 40 to 60 are fair, 60 to 80 are good, and 80 to 100 are very good.

“A score moving up shows we are not only maintaining the roads we have but we are also improving our road system overall,” Kirkman said. 

In 2015, the department conducted a detailed analysis of each mile of road in Pocatello to give the city a baseline score. Since that initial study, the PCI score has gone up just over six points. 

The department is tasked with maintaining over 260 miles of City streets in Pocatello. In that last five years, the department has treated 176.79 miles of roads in Pocatello.

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