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Road Paving

Have you ever wondered how it is determined which roads are paved in the City of Bowling Green? The City maintains approximately 278 miles of streets; a length which grows annually with the build-out of new subdivisions. The total number of lane miles to be paved will vary from year to year and depends largely on the cost of asphalt as well as existing conditions such as the need to do more intensive repairs beyond a typical overlay in some locations.

Street conditions are surveyed annually by an outside consultant using a vehicle with high-tech equipment including lasers, cameras, computers and other measuring devices.  The data which is collected is maintained in a pavement Management Application (PMA).  The PMA performs an analysis recommending the most economically efficient allocation of available funds to sustain pavement quality throughout the street network.

In addition to the above method, staff also conducts field inspections to evaluate and prioritize projects and develop the final project list each year. This allows the City to use both data and personal inspection to make sure the right roads are being paved.

The Board of Commission approved the FY 2021 Street Resurfacing Contract in the summer of 2020. Scotty’s Contracting and Stone was awarded the ~$1,500,000 contract for the City’s Street Resurfacing Project which began in the fall of 2020. This program is funded annually through Liquid Fuel Tax revenue received from the state of Kentucky and will be complete before the end of the fiscal year.

The total number of lane miles to be paved will vary from year to year and depends largely on the cost of asphalt, as well as existing conditions such as the need to do more intensive street repair beyond a typical overlay in some locations. Any additional work will increase the cost of a typical mile of paving. In FY 2021 the City plans to pave approximately 18 miles of streets. During this year’s budget process in June of 2021, it will be determined how many miles will be paved during 21/22.

Below is the current list of streets to be paved:

https://www.bgky.org/publicworks/fy21-street-resurfacing-contract