PUBLIC WORKS: FACILITATING STREET REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE DECISION-MAKING (A CASE STUDY FROM THE URBAN CONSORTIUM)

In 1973 the Director of Dallas, Texas' Department of Streets and Sanitation Services requested the development of a street rating and inventory system. The system, known as the Street Inventory System (SIS), is a descriptive information system listing 52 pieces of information about each street segment in the city. Elements include such items as "block number", "maintenance responsibility" (city, county, state, etc.), "class of street" (freeway, thoroughfare, etc.), "type of street surface", and, perhaps most importantly, "condition of segment". A comprehensive inventory was made of all Dallas city streets and elements of their make-up. This information provided the data base for SIS, and now enables each segment of street to be rated into one of five carefully defined categories ranging from A equals good to E equals unacceptable. Annual updates of the data provide the rationale for appropriate decisionmaking as to which streets (or segments) are to be repaired that year. By establishing an average cost of repair per lane mile by category, an approximate total cost of repair can be derived.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Public Technology, Incorporated

    1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20004

    National Science Foundation

    Engineeing and Applied Science, 1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 6 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00336696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-800355
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-ISP78-12729
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM