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Brockton Rural Roads Assessment Study Results

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Rural residents have also reported car damage as a result of the huge potholes

Farmer Ron DeiVisser is poking potholes in Brockton's Rural Roads Assessment Study findings.

DeVisser is concerned with the parameters used in the study to rate the road conditions.

He notes the study was conducted in the Summer, when in reality it should have been done in early Spring when the gravel roads are wet and more problematic.

He notes that the study's road rankings did not take into consideration when a road was built or rebuilt, noting that his country gravel road which has never been rebuilt received the same rating as a nearby paved road, even though his road is almost undrivable during the Spring.

DeViser also questions the traffic count data noting it did not differentiate between heavy duty agricultural machinery driving slowly to a car travelling 80 kms an hour down the road.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak also expressed concerns with the scope of the engineering study.

He says at best, Brockton can use the data from the study as a bases to help with future roads decisions.

The study used the MTO's Methods and Inventory Manual as a guide to assess the roads.

This included looking at surface and structure condition ratings, drainage ratings, general observations and construction history data.

The study provided a number of recommended improvements and suggested that Brockton budget about 948 thousand dollars per year for maintenance of its rural roads and an average of 1.17 million dollars per year for improvements.

Gieruszak says the Rural Roads Assessment Study cost about 25 thousand dollars to undertake.

During the 2019 budget process, rural residents voiced their desire for Brockton to address problematic gravel roads that are very challenging to drive during the wet Spring season.

In 2018 a large feed truck tipped into the ditch attempting to negotiate one of these springy wet gravel roads.

Rural residents have also reported car damage as a result of the huge potholes created during the wet Spring months.


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