Residential Road Network Condition and Selection Process
Assessing Road Condition
There are approximately 649 kilometres of residential roads in Regina. The City performs regular inspections for every residential road and sidewalk to assess the condition based on a variety of factors including rutting, drainage, cracking, structure, tripping hazards, etc.
- First, this data is analyzed to assign a condition rating on a scale of 1 to 100 using a Residential Road Condition Index (RRCI) to each road and identify locations for upcoming construction years accordingly.
- Then, roads and sidewalks are assigned a condition rating of either ‘A-Excellent’, ‘B-Good’, ‘C-Fair’ or ‘D-Poor’.
Using condition ratings as an indicator of health of the residential road network, road conditions in Regina are currently assessed as follows:
- 17 per cent are in ‘Poor’ condition
- 42 per cent are ‘Fair’ condition
- 30 per cent are in ‘Good’ condition
- 11 per cent are in ‘Excellent’ condition
The goal of the RRRP is to achieve 85 per cent of the residential road network in ‘Fair’ or better condition.
The City uses the above condition ratings to select locations to be included in the RRRP. Other considerations include: coordination with major City projects; underground utilities; water and sewer work; proximity to schools, transit routes and major centres; and age of infrastructure.
The City selects as many ‘B,’ ‘C’ and ‘D’ condition locations that the annual budget can accommodate. Work is often organized to combine multiple locations in the same area whenever possible to reduce the impact on neighbourhoods and save time and cost.
City Council approved this program to focus investment on a preventative maintenance strategy. Funding for the program is broken down into sections:
- 10 per cent of the budget for ‘B’ condition roads
- 65 per cent for ‘C’ condition roads
- 25 per cent for ‘D’ condition roads
The majority of funding is for locations in ‘B’ or ‘C’ condition to prevent them from further deteriorating to ‘D’ condition, which require more costly treatments.