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Posted on: October 24, 2017

Pocatello Street Operations Department Closes Out FY 2017 Paving Program


Fiscal Year 2017 has wrapped up for the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department and it was a record breaking one.

September 30 officially marked the end of the department’s pavement management program for the fiscal year. 2017 saw staff treat 40.04 miles of road in Pocatello, the most in a single year for the department.

“I commend Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Department Superintendent, and the entire crew in the department,” said Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director/City Engineer. “When the year started, they committed to trying their best to reach the 40 mile figure and I am proud to see them reach and slightly exceed that goal.”

While maintaining the streets of Pocatello, crews make use of several road rehabilitation options, including microsealing, fog sealing, chip sealing, and fully repaving a street.

“Our mantra is ‘the right treatment at the right time,’” says Tom Kirkman. “By placing a chip seal or a fog seal down exactly when it is needed, we can extend the life of the road by several years. In the end, it means making the most of our taxpayer dollars.”

After the efforts of Fiscal Year 2017, the city’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score moved higher to 74.9, two points above 2016. 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.

“An uptick in the PCI score means that we are not only maintaining the roads but we are also improving the overall health of Pocatello’s road system,” Kirkman said. “The detailed analysis we first looked at in 2015 has allowed us to come to data driven conclusions on how best to repair the City’s road infrastructure.”

For more information on the Pocatello Street Operations Department, visit or like the department’s Facebook page.

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