Proof of Concept:
Full Realization of Funding for Roadway Projects
Roadways are the lifeblood of our communities, and connect our businesses to residents and our cities as a whole. Roadways carry our citizens from one destination to another twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, and three hundred and sixty-five (365) days a year. With all of the wear and tear day after day, roadways need maintenance to keep our citizens safe and to carry them to their destinations. Maintenance can be in the form of sweeping to remove debris, repairing cracks and potholes from weather, surface seals, mill and inlays, and full reconstructions. Roadway projects are created to maintain our roadways that need more than crack and pothole repair, or to create new roadways to open up new destinations. Our Public Works Engineers work hard daily to evaluate each project for efficient spending, so the City can fund more roadway projects.
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New construction can be roadways to a completely new destination that never existed before, or an extension of an old roadway to a new destination. These roadways are built in phases to help them have a lifecycle of up to twenty (20) years or more. As with all roadway projects, additional features are part of the project to provide health, safety, and wellbeing for our citizens. These additional features can be the construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) items like ramps, pedestrian push buttons, and sidewalk; the installation or upgrade of utilities; the installation or upgrade of drainage; and the installation of landscaping and medians to improve driving safety and corridor aesthetics. One such example is Broadmoor Boulevard NE from Norwich Avenue NE to Paseo Del Volcan NE. This roadway project was estimated to be $4.3 million to construct. However, once completed, the roadway project had saved $1.8 million.
When cracks and potholes become major deficiencies, but full reconstruction is not warranted, then another method must be used to extend the lifecycle of the roadway. One such method is surface seals such as microsurfacing. These seals are not new pavement but a surface treatment to help protect the roadway from further weather deterioration. Whereas, a mill and inlay is a method that removes the existing asphalt and then replaces the removed asphalt with new asphalt. Both methods require underlying cracks and other deficiencies to be repaired before either method can be used, and both methods extend the lifecycle of the roadway by seven (7) to fifteen (15) years respectively. An example of the mill and inlay method was used on the Sara Road SE project. This project stretched from Southern Boulevard SE to NM 528 and included the installation of new ADA ramps. Sara Road SE was estimated to be $2.3 million, but was completed with a $1.2 million savings. However, no savings is wasted, because any savings is used to help fund other roadway projects, such as the Southern Boulevard SE Reconstruction Project.
Full reconstruction is needed when a roadway reaches the end of its lifecycle. Full reconstruction consists of the removal of all of the old asphalt down to the subgrade and a full reconstruction of a new roadway to City standards is completed. Once, a roadway is fully reconstructed it will have the lifecycle of approximately twenty (20) years or more. An example of a full reconstruction is the Idalia Road NE project. This project, estimated at $9.4 million, not only reconstructed Idalia Road NE from Iris Road NE to NM 528 but also expanded the roadway to allow for more traffic. The Idalia Road NE project had many additional features and once completed, a savings of $255,000.00 was recognized.
Another example of full reconstruction was the High Resort Boulevard NE project which stretched from Broadmoor Boulevard NE to NM 528. The project included updating and installing new utilities, water and recycled water line, better ADA multi-use paths and ramps, and replacing deteriorating sections of curb and gutter. The High Resort Boulevard NE project completed with a savings of $1.1 million, which was then used to help fund the Southern Boulevard SE Reconstruction Project.
Southern Boulevard SE is one of Rio Rancho’s Major Arterial roadways and has been since the creation of our city. The roadway is in such need of repair that it is estimated to cost $13.9 million to fully reconstruct the roadway for Phase 1. Originally, this was not possible, despite many efforts to get enough funding. However, with the savings from the projects mentioned above, Phase 1 of the roadway project can be built from Golf Course Road SE to NM 528 instead of from May Circle SE to NM 528.
Overall, our City of Rio Rancho Public Works Engineers work hard to keep our roadways servicing our communities by constructing new roadways; and helping to extend or renew the lifecycle of our existing roadways with surface seals, mill and inlay, and full reconstructions. Our Public Works Engineers work tirelessly every day to evaluate each project for efficient spending so that the City can fund more roadway projects. Each roadway project provides our communities with safer driving environments, better access for our citizens with needs, and increases the value in our communities. Please remember, GO Bonds help fund our roadway projects, and keep our communities connected.
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