About the Department
The Engineering Department plans and controls the operations, maintenance, and capital Improvements of Public Works Infrastructure and services in the areas of Transportation Services (streets, sidewalks, and traffic systems), and Environmental Services (water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and solid waste collection), and town buildings.
Public Works Operations & Maintenance Performance Standards
The Public Works Operations and Maintenance Performance Standards is a structured system aimed at setting attainable goals for the inspection and maintenance of all public works infrastructure. Asset defects, for example potholes, are noted and prioritized for repair based on risk and severity and are scheduled for completion in accordance with stated repair time frames in the performance standards. In addition to the internal inspection and reporting system the program will continue to be supplemented by customer service requests (CSR’s). CSR’s are an important part of the reporting system and all CSR’s will receive an immediate notification response and an estimated repair timeline response within 3 days.
Although Public Works staff shall make every effort to meet the Operations and Maintenance Performance Standards goals. There will be times that seasonal conditions, unsuitable weather, or other factors limit the ability to meet the desired repair timelines.
Public Works Pavement Management System
The Public Works pdf Pavement Management System (488 KB) is a hybrid system of traditional Pavement Condition Index (PCI) evaluations and leading edge data collection and calculation software known as Total Pave. Total Pave was developed by University of New Brunswick Engineering Grad Students to analyse PCI data on a street by street basis to create a robust rating system of municipal streets.
The Pavement Management System then weights the Total Pave Results, with the traffic volumes on Truro streets based on the Transportation Street Classification hierarchy, resulting in Weighted PCI’s. This quite often results in streets with higher traffic volumes having a higher priority than low volumes streets with worse conditions, as the higher volume streets condition will degrade much faster.
Town of Truro Street Ratings and Capital Budget
The pdf Town of Truro Street Ratings (57 KB) is a compilation of the Weighted PCI’s sorted from lowest PCI (worst condition) to highest PCI (best condition). Each year the PCI’s are updated in the Total Pave software and new ratings are created which are then used to assist with the street capital budget process.
The Street Ratings are used as a guide in the capital budget process along with other factors that need to be considered. Other factors include; type of asphalt defect requiring repair, sub-base condition of each street, condition of other infrastructure (sewer, water, storm drainage) on each street, annual degradation of PCI, as well as budget availability to determine annual budget priority and rehabilitation options for each street.
The first section of the pdf Town of Truro Street Ratings (57 KB) (within red border) contains the streets approved for 2017-18 capital rehabilitation. The following 4 pages list the overall street ratings with; the Ranking of “Worst” to “Best” in the first green highlighted Column, and the Weighted 2016 PCI’s in the second green highlighted column. The streets approved for 2017-18 capital are also highlighted in yellow with their rationale for budget approval explained in red print.
Second Floor, Town Hall
695 Prince Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 1G5
Tel: (902) 895-4243
Fax: (902) 893-6091
After hours and weekend emergencies, call 902-895-5351
Email: Engineering & Public Works