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Maintaining & Preserving Our Streets
Preserving the public investment in streets and infrastructure is a priority for the Public Works Department. The department is responsible for the maintenance of over 70 miles of paved streets ranging in age from one or two years to many decades old.

Transportation Benefit District
Annual street maintenance and preservation projects are funded by the city’s Transportation Benefit District (TBD).  For a list of projects funded by the TBD visit the Transportation Benefit District page. 

Engineering Standards

New streets are constructed to meet strict engineering standards. Over the years, these standards have improved and a new street built in the last 20 years, if maintained properly, is expected to have a life span of 50 years. Streets that were built prior to modern engineering standards and requirements are challenging to maintain and, in many cases, require full reconstruction.

Maintenance & Preservation
Just like your car needs regularly scheduled oil changes to remain in good working condition, a street needs regular maintenance to function properly and meet its expected 50-year life span.

Water intrusion into streets and temperature variations that cause freezing and thawing (expansion and contraction) below the surface will deteriorate the subsurface of a street and will eventually lead to surface cracking and potholes. Potholes are filled in as they occur but only regularly scheduled maintenance to seal a street will prevent water intrusion and its damaging effects.

Crack Sealing – applying asphalt rubber into a crack to seal it and prevent water intrusion, and Slurry Sealing – oil and rock mixed together then spread onto the entire street, should occur within 10 - 15 years of a street’s construction. Doing so is the most cost effective method for extending the life of pavement. Established engineering studies show that a street left unmaintained after that timeline will deteriorate rapidly and necessitate a more detailed and expensive method of reconstruction.

City engineers assess each street prior to choosing the appropriate method of maintenance. Some streets may necessitate an overlay or Mill and Fill, a process in which the top 1.5 – 3 inches of the street surface is milled away and replaced with fresh asphalt to seal and revitalize the street.

Some streets in the City of Battle Ground were constructed several decades ago, before modern engineering standards were applied. The City was incorporated in 1951 but the area was settled decades before when timber was used for the base of some roadways. As the community grew, rock, and eventually asphalt, was added on top of the timbers. While that may have met the needs of the time, the roads are far from meeting today’s engineering standards and do not hold up to current transportation needs. Crack Sealing, Slurry Sealing, or a Mill and Fill will not fix these roads – it would be a futile expense because it is the street’s base that is failing. This type of street would necessitate a complete reconstruction – digging down below the failing base and using modern engineering techniques to construct a new street.

The reconstruction of a street is most-often funded by State and/or Federal grants supplemented by Transportation Impact Fee funds.

Scott Sawyer
Public Works Director, P.E.

109 S.W. 1st St., Suite 122
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Ph: (360) 342-5070
Fx: (360) 342-5057

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Managing Assets -
Pavement Life Cycle
Managing Assets - Pavement Life Cycle