In the City of Nampa, most public works projects are completed according to an asset management schedule. Asset management divides the City into seven zones with a rotating annual work schedule for each zone. Prior to making pavement improvements, City staff evaluates each road in the zone according to the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) (scale of 0-100 with 100 being good).
The City has $1.6 million to spend each year on pavement. Unfortunately for the past several years the annual evaluation has identified a need for an additional $4 million. Currently, roadway maintenance projects are identified through zone evaluation and public input. Identified projects are then prioritized based on traffic volume and the Pavement Condition Index. Arterial roadways (the highest volume class) are necessarily prioritized and at current funding levels very few funds remain for lower volume roads. Often lower volume roadways are not chip sealed or rebuilt even when they are failing.
Bicycle and pedestrian improvements are easiest to realize if they are located on roads that are selected for maintenance. However, the City has been successful in obtaining grants for several bicycle and pedestrian improvements located outside of priority roadways. Projects are prioritized in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Intersection projects are identified in the City’s Transportation Master Plan and are completed according to their priority as funding becomes available. Underground City utilities are also identified in master plans with repairs and improvements occurring prior to roadway surface work.