ERIE COUNTY ROADS GIVEN THEIR HIGHEST RATING IN DECADES BY GREATER BUFFALO-NIAGARA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COUNCIL

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11/4/21

 

Conditions of roads owned and maintained by Erie County have earned improved grades from an independent and non-partisan transportation advisory organization, with a comprehensive study recently completed by the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (“GBNRTC”) providing an update on the surface conditions of the entire county highway system.

 

According to the Erie County Department of Public Works’ Highways Division, the results of the 2021 Highway Assessment Survey for Erie County roads show the county’s overall road score rising to 7.25, attaining the GBNRTC’s “good” category with an increase from the 6.66 grade received in 2019. This is the highest mark the county has received since 2001. At the same time, federal aid roads in Erie County are at their highest rating (7.47) since ratings began in 1985.

 

“These recent independent ratings from the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council prove the good work that my administration and our Department of Public Works have been doing to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure, having invested hundreds of millions of dollars over the years,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Our road scores have improved significantly over the pasts several years, especially since 2015, and have now reached our highest combined score in twenty years.  Additionally, federal aid roads are at their highest score since 1985, when ratings began. This is an example of what good government does: continuing investment in our infrastructure by maintaining, protecting and improving our roads and bridges and providing the roads that residents and motorists expect and deserve.”

 

Below is a history of Erie County’s GBNRTC road scores spanning the past twenty years:

 

ROAD SCORES

 

                 2001  2003  2005  2007  2009  2011  2013    2015    2017   2019    2021

ALL           6.35   6.24   6.73   6.91   6.97   6.59    6.51     6.16     6.25    6.66     7.25

FED AID   6.47   6.53   6.96   7.05   7.00   6.62    6.57     6.33      7.25    6.76     7.47

NFA          6.24   6.01   6.49   6.77   6.93   6.57    6.45     6.15      6.20    6.56     7.01

 

The surface condition rating reflects the amount of scaling, cracking, patching, raveling, and faulting on a road’s surface. The ratings of these measures are made on a one to ten scale, where one represents the “poorest” roadway condition and ten the “best” roadway condition. Pavement scores above six are considered a satisfactory pavement condition, while a score of six (fair) denotes minor deterioration. Surface scores of five and below indicate conditions that should be corrected to prevent further deterioration and the need for complete reconstruction at much higher cost. Below is a table explaining each GNBRTC road rating category:   

 

General

Condition Rating Description

 

Score Condition

Surface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Excellent

There are no visual derivations from a smooth surface.  Pavement recently

 

 

constructed, reconstructed, or overlaid within the last years.

 

9 Excellent

Pavement should have no cracks or patches.  Flexible pavement recently resurfaced

 

 

within the past year or two.  Overlay pavements may show evidence of some hairline

 

 

reflection cracking.  Rigid pavement joints function properly. 

 

8 Good

Pavements give an excellent ride but show infrequent to occasional signs of surface

 

 

deterioration.  Flexible pavements begin to show very slight evidence of raveling,

 

 

cracking, and wheel track wear.  Rigid pavements begin to show very slight evidence

 

 

of surface deterioration such as cracking, joint spalling, or scaling.  Overlay pavements

 

 

show evidence of very slight reflection cracking.

 

7 Good

Pavements give a good ride but show infrequent to occasional signs of surface

 

 

deterioration.  Flexible pavements show evidence of slight rutting, random cracking

 

 

and some raveling.  Rigid pavements show evidence of slight joint spalling, scaling, or

 

 

minor cracking.  Overlay pavements show evidence of slight reflection cracking

 

 

and multiple cracking at reflection cracks.

 

6 Fair

Riding quality is noticeably inferior to new pavements, showing infrequent to occasional

 

 

signs of distress.  Surface defects of flexible pavements may include moderate rutting,

 

 

cracking, and raveling: patching is apparent.  Overlay pavements show evidence of

 

 

slight to moderate cracking and raveling along cracks.

 

5 Poor

Riding quality is noticeably inferior to new pavements but may be tolerable for high speed

 

 

traffic.  Pavements show occasional to frequent signs of distress.  Surface defects of

 

 

pavements are the same as under the 6 rating but are more severe.

 

4 Poor

Pavements have deteriorated to a point where resurfacing is required, showing occasional

 

 

to frequent distress.  Rideability, even at slow speeds, is impaired.  Surface defects on

 

 

flexible pavements include sever rutting, cracking, raveling, and patching.  Surface

 

 

defects of rigid pavements include severe joint spalling, cracking, scaling and patching. 

 

 

Overlay pavements show evidence of severe surface delamination.

 

3 Poor

Pavements have deteriorated to a point where resurfacing is required immediately. 

 

 

Flexible pavements show evidence of severe and frequent scaling, joint spalling, faulting

 

 

cracking, and patching.  Rigid pavements show signs of frequent and severe joint spalling,

 

 

cracking and scaling.

 

2 Poor

Pavements are in extremely deteriorated condition and may require complete reconstruction.

 

 

Motorists experience discomfort and travel speeds will decrease.

 

1 Poor

Pavements are in extremely deteriorated condition and need immediate corrective

 

 

action.  There facilities are considered impassable at posted speeds. 

 

   

 

                         
                         

 

For more information:

 

On the Erie County Department of Public Works visit https://www2.erie.gov/dpw/   

 

 

 

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