Inventory and Assessment of the State of our roads

Our functional classification put municipal roads into four classes (arterial roads, type 1 collectors, type 2 collectors, and local roads) according to factors like traffic volume, the number of homes served, and the parts of the municipality they connect. The next step was to take inventory and assess the condition of the system so as to give us the data we’ll need for drawing up well-grounded maintenance and repair plan for the next five years.

Road system inventory

The inventory we conducted in-house produced an overview of the roadway system. Inventorying the system involved listing all municipal roads and recording their length and the number of kilometres of gravel, asphalt, or chipseal (a mix of crushed rock with a layer of asphalt). The 160 municipal roads in La Pêche have a total length of 275 kilometres and can be divided up into classes as shown in this table:

Road network assessment

The condition of each road was then inspected from end to end and rated on a system developed for La Pêche by a consulting firm. Roads were assigned a rating of A, B, C, or D, with D representing the worst condition. Ratings were defined as follows:

  • A rating: No repairs needed to any section
  • B rating: Mainly in good condition but in need of some restoration, such as regravelling or repaving the wearing surface or improving drainage
  • C rating: Needs partial reconstruction of foundation or wearing surface in some sections
  • D rating: Needs complete reconstruction of foundation or wearing surface over its entire length

The adjacent graph shows that most of the type 1 and 2 collector road length is rated C, as is nearly half the length of local road.Note however that in many cases it would only take a single operation to change that. Arterial roads are mostly in good condition.