Peoria Public Radio News
6:48 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Peoria to survey streets

The City of Peoria is preparing to survey and catalog all its streets. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports it will take about 45 days to collect the information. 

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers says vans will be driving city street taking video and lidar, measuring road conditions and evaluating street sign visibility. Rogers says the information will be used to determine how much it will cost to improve the condition of some the roads at the same time others are being maintained:

"“Once you know that we can start to answer some what if questions: What if we had all of our streets in a good condition? That may take a $50 million investment. So we say we want to get to that in 10 years. So now we know how much investment we need to put every single year to get there,” says Rogers.   

The city is contracting with Applied Pavement Technologies for nearly 490-thousand dollars to create the GIS data base, evaluations and budget scenarios.

Peoria also has an unusual amount of road projects ongoing or planned for the year. The city engineer says it out numbers the projects he’s seen in more than a decade, in the neighborhood of 40-million dollars. That includes Main and University,  MLK from MacArthur to Union Hill, Pioneer Parkway and Allen and Alta. The brickwork on MLK will be relayed one brick at time.