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Flood Warning

Issued:
11:02 AM CDT on March 23, 2019
Expires:
7:00 AM CDT on March 26, 2019
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 50%
High 61° / Low 52°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms possible. Lows overnight in the low 50s.
Overcast
Sunday 20%
High 60° / Low 45°
Overcast
Cloudy skies. High around 60F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 10%
High 55° / Low 37°
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High near 55F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 0%
High 60° / Low 46°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High around 60F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 0%
High 70° / Low 57°
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy. High around 70F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 50%
High 73° / Low 58°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Cloudy skies late. High 73F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 20%
High 62° / Low 40°
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 62F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

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The Political Promise of a Free Lunch

In the recent city election, a few of the candidates relied on the age-old political tactic of “promising a free lunch” when discussing the need for street repairs in Raytown.  Most reasonable people would agree that we need safe streets that are free from potholes, and curbs and sidewalks in many of our neighborhoods. To be fair, the candidates didn’t say anything actually would be free, they just failed to mention the potential financial cost of their promises. Then again, they didn’t actually promise anything specifically, they just complained about the status quo for the most part. The target of their complaint is the use of light-weight aggregate instead of mill and overlay in street repair.

Not very exciting, but please stick with me and keep reading to get the facts. Yes, mill and overlay makes a nicer surface and last 50% longer, but that process costs more than 3 times as much as aggregate.  This is a simple allocation-of-resources problem.  If you have $15 and 5 kids, you can buy one of them a steak and four of them go without dinner, or you can feed all five a hamburger.  

In the past 5 years, the city has fixed 110 lane miles of streets using a combination of the two methods. If only mill and overlay was used, that number would have been 63 lane miles. To have completed the entire 110 miles with the more expensive method, taxes would have to be raised, or other programs would have to be cut. There is no free lunch. 

The city spends about $830,000 a year on streets. To do all mill & overlay would cost almost a million dollars more. So the next time politicians promise steak instead of hamburger, they need to also tell us where the money will come from. 

At the request of RaytownOnline, the City of Raytown supplied the cost data on paving,  some of which appears below.


Street Maintenance Program Costs

The City of Raytown maintains 331 lane miles. We use the transportation sales tax and some City revenue to pay to upkeep our streets. Over the last five (5) years the City has spent $833,600 per year for this service. These costs also include sidewalk and curb repair, striping as well as handicap ramps which is a federal law requirement under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have to be in compliance with this law.

To understand the numbers you need to know how the Public Works Department determines costs. A lane mile is a unit of measurement used by Public Works Departments for determining progress of maintenance programs.  One lane mile is the width of one lane (12 feet) by one mile (5,280 feet). If you have a two lane street then that would be two lane miles. A turn lane also counts as a lane mile.

The two tools the City of Raytown uses are Light Weight Aggregate Seal and Mill and Overlay. The cost per lane mile and life cycle of each tool is:

Cost per Lane Mile              Life/Treatment

Light Weight Aggregate                $21,542/Lane Mile             7 to 10 years

Mill and Overlay                          $66,176/Lane Mile             10 to 15 years

In the last five years, we have been able to complete Light Weight Aggregate on 70 lane miles and Mill and Overlay on 40 miles, in total 110 lane miles have been treated, or 33% of all the roads in Raytown using both tools. It is prudent to use the most appropriate tool at the proper time.  Using the Light Weight Aggregate treatment stretches the life of the street and allows us to keep our roads in a manageable condition.

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