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Road Paving FAQ:

How do I know if my street is scheduled for construction?
How does the City decide which roads to resurface?
What is involved in the surface overlay process?
Does road work on my street affect my property taxes?
Does the paving program have an impact on parking?
How does the paving schedule work?

Q: How do I know if my street is scheduled for construction?

Affected residences and businesses will receive notice from the City closer to the time when work is to begin on your road. The contractor will also provide a handout advising each resident of the approx. time frame of when the work will take place in your area.

The entire city resurfacing is shown on the Capital Construction Map.

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Q: How does the City decide which roads to resurface?

While some roads might seem worse than others, roads selected for paving resurfacing are based on specific guidelines for road conditions and are focused on those that require the most repairs. The following are the considerations that the assessment is based on:

  • Municipal Pavement Management – This survey system is used by all cities in Alberta. The system measures the defects in the surface area on each city street. The City uses a program called Road Matrix that can then determine the condition of each street, the deterioration rates, and the most economical times for resurfacing. 
  • The Pavement Quality Index (PQ) rating of the road – The City of Grande Prairie roads have an evaluation/rating system that generates a PQI from 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect. Each road type has a target value that, once it hits this value or lower, is put on the list for work to be done. Roads that are evaluated below this target are put on a list for future rehabilitation. Surface rehabilitation methods range from crack sealing, micro-surfacing, overlay to reconstruction, or combinations of these.

    Roads are considered for rehabilitation when the PQI falls below:

 Functional Class  Index Trigger Levels
 PQI   RCI   VCI    SAI 
 Arterial Network  5.5  5.0  6.0  5.0
 Collector Network  5.0  5.0  5.5  5.0
 Local Network  4.5  4.5  5.5  5.0

 Paved local, collector, and arterial roads are currently rated on a 3 year cycle.

  • Annual Visual Condition Survey – City field staff also visually survey the condition of every street in the city. The information is taken into consideration with the findings from the Road Matrix software.
  • Utility Replacement Programs – After we have selected which streets should be resurfaced, we coordinate with utilities to determine if any of the selected streets will be excavated in the near future for the replacement of a utility line or pipe. Those streets that will likely be excavated are not resurfaced until the utility work is complete. On occasion, resurfacing is cancelled due to last minute discovery of utility problems.

    Clearance from conflict with other programs:
    • Major Utilities – Aquatera, ATCO Electric, etc.
    • Transportation infrastructure
    • Local improvement petitions
    • Other conflicts roads [Capital works] are made aware of
  • Budget – Once the roads are determined to qualify for rehabilitation, they proceed according to their priority rating and the budget available to them.

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 Q: What is involved in the paving process?

The rehabilitation of a roadway involves several processes and can take up to eight weeks to complete. There are 3 parts in the pavement resurfacing process:

  1. Repair work to the underground storm water catch basins, manholes, and storm pipe lines
  2. Concrete repairs of damaged sidewalks, curbs, and gutters affecting drainage
  3. Either reconstruction of the road surface and/or repaving the road

Please refer to our paving steps brochure for a detailed description of the steps involved in the program.
Paving and concrete operations are weather dependent and unexpected delays can occur.

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Q: Does road work on my street affect my property taxes?

Resurfacing is funded by the City's overall tax mill rate and grants from the provincial government and does not result in any additional taxes on your property. This repaving process will improve your street and extend its life.

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Q: Does the paving program have an impact on parking?

Not all stages of the resurfacing process will require parking restrictions. However, when parking restrictions are required, "No Parking" signs will be placed along the road at least 12 hours before the restriction goes into effect to give residents advance warning.

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Q: How does the surface overlay schedule work?

Activities usually begin in June and finish in October. This paving program is primarily completed by private sector forces under contract.

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Last updated: 9/21/2017 10:23:10 AM