Interns identify road repairs most needed in Milford

MILFORD — University of Delaware students are helping pave the way for some of Milford’s next set of improvements.

Xander Arroyo and Michael Markakis, engineering interns from the university, spent time in Milford cataloging the condition of roads throughout the city.

The interns explained their contributions to members of the Milford City Council Monday, Oct. 9.

Before they could start addressing which streets needed more work than others, the men first had to create a list of all of the streets in Milford and map them out. Then came the assessments.

“We had a list of about 500 different segments of all the roads in Milford,” Mr. Markakis said.

Using a program called Paver to input data uncovered during their investigations, the interns identified problem areas and what kind of cracks were in each road to help prioritize maintenance work needed.

“I would like to say that these two boys, I talked to them one day from my house, they did a very good job,” Council member Owens Brooks said during the meeting.

Public Works Director Mark Whitfield said he hopes the findings helps the city with future maintenance.

“Their first test with the program was with Airport Road. It was obviously in poor condition. We hope this tells us what we need to do as a department and for maintenance,” he said. “With this information, we will be able to develop a 5-year capital plan.”

The interns also identified the types of cracks on each road which is helpful in determining the type of maintenance needed.

Mr. Whitfield added that he hopes to roll out with a sidewalk plan in addition to the pavement needs of the city.

“The lifetime of pavement is 20-25 years. With low traffic, it could be 35–40 years. Roads with a lot of traffic or trucks, it could be 15–20 years. You should be dealing with approximately 20 percent of your roads at any given time,” he said. “This is a snapshot of where we are, would like to be and where the engineers want us to be.”

Impressed with their efforts for the city, Council member Jaime Burk suggested the Mr. Arroyo and Mr. Markakis come back to Milford when they are ready.

“When you guys graduate, you’ve been to Milford… come on back. Move here. Tell your friends,” he chuckled.

Mr. Whitfield commended the interns before they were dismissed from the meeting.

“These two guys really did become a part of the team out there. I think they helped us tremendously,” he said. “But, I think they also gained something out of the experience as well.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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