“Nearly one-fifth of local streets – 193 miles – are now beyond their intended life spans, some by as many as 60 years.” (Fixing Milwaukee)

An interesting Milwaukee Journal report documented that Milwaukee CityGov can’t even manage the basic of street repair:

But decaying roads can be found throughout the city’s 1,025-mile network – from the inner city to more affluent neighborhoods.

The analysis also shows:

• More than half of city streets have gone four decades or more without repaving. About 97 miles of streets haven’t been repaved since the Great Depression.

• Nearly one-fifth of local streets – 193 miles – are now beyond their intended life spans, some by as many as 60 years.

• Ald. Robert Puente’s 9th District to the west of Brown Deer contains the bumpiest roads. Ald. Jim Bohl’s 5th District, where Timmerman Airport is located, ranks second-lowest.

City auditors have criticized the Public Works Department for failing to use its high-priced pavement-quality database as it was designed – to prioritize resurfacing projects and determine street maintenance

Instead, the department has relied on different road repaving and maintenance databases and lacks a clear strategy for planning road projects, auditors found.

The pavement-quality database shows that about one-fifth of all city streets are in poor condition and need reconstruction. It could take crews 36 years to replace just those streets, according to the city comptroller’s office.

The CityGov isn’t very competent (none are in fear of loosing their jobs though):

With its patchwork system of infrastructure databases, the city Public Works Department lacks a uniform system for planning road reconstruction projects, the city comptroller’s office found.

City records show the department has spent more than $500,000 since 1995 for its pavement management system, intended as a tool to forecast annual paving needs based on street conditions.

Public Works officials say they use the database for long-term planning and budgeting of paving projects.

But none of the engineering or construction sections in Public Works uses the pavement management database as its primary data source.

When the city comptroller audited the department in December, it faulted Public Works for not relying on the database to determine street maintenance and repaving work. The audit also found that the system of tracking road repair and maintenance in the past has been plagued with inefficiencies.

The department maintains multiple data sources, resulting in “redundant data and a lack of data integration,” according to the audit. In 2004, Public Works reported that it maintained 22 infrastructure databases and four manual files.

If they can’t handle streets (basic city gov responsibilities), it is silly to assume they can handle more complex activities.

2 Responses

  1. But you have to stay the course, PUrple.

  2. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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