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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis

Title: City Street Needs Assessment
Project Researcher: Curt Beckemeyer,
Project Manager: Blair Lunde
Research Period: 5/1/1993 - 6/1/1994
Cost: $74,957.00

Problem Statement: In December of 1991 the United States Congress passed new federal highway legislation. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that the states develop Long Range Planning Requirements. Information for the state trunk highway system is available, but the extent of needs on the federal-aid, non-state trunk city streets are not known. Also the cities of Sioux Falls and Rapid City are required to have a financial plan for street maintenance and development. This study would provide information that can be used by these cities for their financial plan.

To provide information required by ISTEA, guidelines for design and maintenance are needed. In addition, the Community Access Grant Program has been established. To be fair to all communities eligible for this program there should be guidelines for design. Communities also need a uniform method of assessing needs to develop information for use in a pavement management system. Communities need life cycle and maintenance costs for the various surface types so they can use it to assist in setting their funding for street repairs and improvements.


Research Objectives:
1  To develop recommended design and maintenance guidelines and to identify life cycle costs for each design and maintenance option.
2  To develop a methodology for simply assessing statewide and individual city street needs.
3  To assess statewide current and 20 year long range planning needs for federal-aid, non-state trunk streets.

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the Technical Panel to review the study scope and workplan.
2  Review literature for design guidelines, maintenance guidelines and needs assessment methods. This should include a survey of states similar to South Dakota.
3  Interview officials in ten geographically diverse South Dakota communities to determine their present practices, design, construction and maintenance standards and technical and information needs for all functional classes of streets, including both
4  Develop maintenance and design guidelines for all functional street classes
5  Develop a detailed method to determine construction and maintenance needs on all functional street classes.
6  Write an interim report summarizing the maintenance and design guidelines and the needs assessment methodology. Present the results to the Technical Panel for review, and outline future work on the study.
7  Collect and analyze information needed to estimate funding needs from a statistically valid random survey sample of federal-aid, non-state trunk HPMS street segments.
8  Field check a random subsample of the HPMS segments to assess the quality of the data collected in Task 7.
9  Estimate statewide current and 20 year projected needs for federal-aid, non-state trunk streets.
10  Provide a final report and executive summary of the study's findings. The final report shall include a camera-ready copy of a separate condensed handbook of design and maintenance guidelines for use by local officials.
11  Present the results of the study to the South Dakota Municipal League.

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