Pavement Maintenance Program
The purpose of the City’s pavement maintenance program is to use the City's resources and opportunities to provide the best streets and sidewalks possible. To this end, the City's Department of Public Works plans the annual pavement maintenance programs using a priority system for the effective and economical repair of deteriorated pavement and the preservation of good pavement. Several factors contribute to the prioritization of repairs, including safety, pavement condition, traffic volume, ongoing programs, and future projects.
Department of Public Works staff use the EasyStreet Analysis computer program to objectively interpret the type, severity, and extent of the cracks, potholes, and other issues found with the pavement and to turn this information into a street’s pavement condition index (PCI). The PCI is a numerical rating on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 represents a failed street and 100 represents a perfect street. The average PCI for a City street is currently 75, which is considered "very good."
Pavement conditions are useful only if they are current. Therefore, City staff typically review at least one fourth of the City’s streets each year. An independent review and update for all of the City's streets was completed in May 2022.
FY2024 Pavement Program projections
The City typically uses five major programs to improve, repair, and maintain its pavement network. Staff reviews the pavement conditions each winter and spring and makes recommendations of which streets to include into the annual programs to the City Council as part of the Capital Improvement Plan process. Each program is evaluated on an annual basis for that year's work and for the work that is expected in the next few years.
The City's fiscal year begins on July 1 each year and ends on June 30 the following year. For example, FY2024 is the period between July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.
A map showing each project location can be found here: Map of FY2024 Pavement Maintenance Program
Asphalt Pavement Resurfacing
This project involves removing and replacing the top few inches of asphalt pavement and is generally performed on asphalt streets with significant surface deterioration. The FY2024 resurfacing program will repave several streets in poor condition. This projects will re-pave Tempo Drive (Westgate Lake to Cross Creek Drive), Cross Creek Drive (Insurance Center Plaza to Tempo Drive), and Hibler Oaks Drive and Court.
Concrete Pavement Replacement
The concrete pavement replacement project involves the removal and replacement of failed concrete pavement and curbing. Streets are included in this program to address a specific hazardous section, to support other pavement programs, or to make an overall improvement to a deteriorated street. Construction is scheduled to begin in June and last through October of 2023. The streets included in this year's concrete program are listed here.
Microsurfacing is a surface seal that helps preserve asphalt pavement that is in good condition and that can be used to delay asphalt resurfacing. The City’s Public Works crews typically begin pavement repairs on streets in this program up to a year in advance of the microsurfacing. This project typically concentrates on neighborhoods rather than individual streets. The focus in FY20224 is to complete subdivisions along the Ladue Road just west of I-270- Beacon Hill, Ladue Pines, and Ladue Downs.
Roadway reconstruction is reserved for streets that have reached the end of their useful lives and can no longer be maintained. The FY2023 project is on the West Ladue Estates Drive, which will finish a multi-year effort to reconstruct the streets in the Ladue Estates subdivision.
The proposed FY2024 project will involve the removal of the falling pavement on Conway Gardens Court and replacement with concrete pavement. Construction for this project is scheduled for spring of 2024.
The City dedicates approximately 10% of its annual pavement maintenance budget for sidewalk improvements, with the goal of bringing its entire sidewalk network into compliance with current accessibility standards. Curb ramps, broken sidewalk, and tripping hazards are included in this program, which often coincides with or precedes roadway improvements on the same street. Sidewalk improvements in FY2024 are included in the Concrete Pavement Replacement Project with the most significant work being done along Decker Lane, Studt Avenue, and Lampadaire Drive.
Federal grants have greatly assisted the City in maintaining its major roadways and sidewalks. Past grants have partially funded projects to improve New Ballas Road (2008), Spoede Road (2010), Conway Road (2012), Ladue Road sidewalk (2013), Graeser Road (2015), Coeur de Ville (2016), Emerson Road Sidewalk (2017), Warson Road (2018), and North New Ballas Sidewalk - Ladue Road to DeSmet High School (2019), Fernview Drive (2020), and Emerson Road (2021), and Mosley Road (2022). Upcoming grant-funded projects include:
NORTH NEW BALLAS IMPROVEMENTS
This project will involve concrete pavement and sidewalk repairs to the section of North New Ballas Road between Olive Boulevard and Craig Road. Construction is planned for the summer/fall of 2023 or spring of 2024.
NEW SIGNAL AT LINDBERGH AND OLD OLIVE
The City plans to add a traffic signal at the intersection of Lindbergh Boulevard at Old Olive Street Road. This signal will reconnect the two sections of Old Olive Street Road for both motorists and pedestrians, and it is considered a critical step toward realizing the vision laid out for the area in the 39 North Master Plan and the Old Olive Great Streets Plan. Design for this project is currently underway. Construction is planned for the spring for the spring of 2024.
Craig road improvements
The City maintains the portion of Craig Road south of Olive Boulevard. Improvements to Craig Road will include new and expanded sidewalks, modifications to the intersections at Olde Cabin Road and at Office Parkway to make these intersections more intuitive for drivers and pedestrians, and a new asphalt surface. The design for this project began in early 2023, and construction is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2025.
If you have any questions concerning the condition of your street or streets in your neighborhood, please call the Department of Public Works at (314) 872-2533.