Lansing may scan streets to determine needed repairs

2014-03-09T00:00:00Z Lansing may scan streets to determine needed repairsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The village may hire a Rolling Meadows-based company to do a thorough scan of the condition of its nearly 89 miles of streets to get detailed information about what repairs will be needed.

Village trustees on Tuesday heard a presentation from Don Hardt, a client services manager for IMS, a firm that specializes in pavement analysis.

Hardt gave a Powerpoint presentation that explained how the company’s trucks loaded with assorted devices will ride along every mile of the local streets.

Those devices will record the conditions of the pavement, and also will scan the conditions that exist under the pavement. For extra money, the analysis will also record the state of every street sign and traffic signal.

Hardt said the resulting analysis will merely tell officials the condition of the roads. Whether that condition merits immediate repairs, or a choice to hold off, is to be made by village officials themselves.

Village Administrator J. Wynsma said the pavement analysis would cost about $32,000, with about another $15,000 if the street sign and traffic signal analysis also is done.

Trustee Mike Manno said he expects some people to question the cost by suggesting someone could drive along the local roads and make visual inspections of what needs repair.

Although Public Works Superintendent Ronald Bannon said Tuesday the level of detail provided by an IMS study is far greater than what his staff could do visually. Manno also said he has heard from officials in other municipalities who say that IMS does quality work and is worth their fee.

Hardt said his company has been in existence since 1974 when it did its first study in northwest suburban Roselle, and now does work for many municipal governments across the Chicago area and the nation.

Officials did not vote to approve a study, although Wynsma said he’d like to see approval come in time for a study during the spring before blooming trees and plants block the views for the company’s scanning devices.

In other business, the Village Board voted 6-0 to approve an application for up to $400,000 from the Capital Development Block Grant program for local road repairs.

The application is for funds that would be received during 2015. For the current year, the village received $200,000 that will be used to help pay for installation of energy-efficient LED bulbs in street lights along locally controlled roads.

Officials say that about 88.5 miles of the village’s 101 miles of road overall are locally controlled.

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