Road Maintenance

This page is dedicated to issues related to maintenance of community roads which are privately owned by the HOA and therefore the responsibility of the community to maintain. Below are quotes, estimates, etc. for services such as re-sealing and re-paving.

The roads in Longwood Green were originally constructed in 1986. Eighteen years later in 2004 the roads were re-paved. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 the Board of Directors continued to monitor the conditions of the roads and sought additional information for purposes of long range forecasting for budgetary purposes.

The following notes are from the minutes of the 02-20-2014 meeting of the Board:

 Investigate Cost of Re-sealing Community Roads
  •  Community roads continue to deteriorate – weeds/grass growing in surface cracks
  •  Scott Pedersen (SP), sale representative from B&L Asphalt Sealcoating appeared at Board meeting to discuss conditions of our community roads, sealcoating process and merits of resealing roads, cost associated with it and answered questions from the Board
  • SP stated the roads in communities like LG HOA generally are expected to last 7 -15 years before significant maintenance, repair or resurfacing is required.  Our roads were last repaved in 2004 (10 years) but look much better than most roads at this age
  •  SP gave a quote of ~$16K for a Neyra Tarconite Pavement Sealer but indicated he didn’t think the conditions of our roads warranted a resealing at this time
  • Resealing using B&L process would extend the existing life of the roads 30 – 40% so assuming 8 years (first repaving occurred after 18 years) the life can be extended ~ 3 years
  • SP gave a previous estimate of ~$110K to repave our community roads.
  • SUMMARY: Roads are wearing much better than expected. Sealcoating is not required. Need to revisit this issue again in 5 years (year 2019). While resealing appears to have benefits the Board was advised they are primarily aesthetic and overall the value gained is not worth the cost.
Capital Expenditures - Road Paving/Re-sealing

 Considerations Before Repaving Community Roads
  •  Most of the patched areas of the HOA roads are the directly result of repairs made after City water main breaks. The City is responsible for maintaining the water mains and they are also responsible for repairing the roads that are damaged during the repair operation.
  • The water mains in both communities are made of a polymer plastic type of material that was newly developed and used when the infrastructure of the communities was installed. This material is very susceptible to bends which weakens the wall and over time/pressure can burst. This is why most repairs are in bends of the rights-of-way. At the time of installation it was not well understand proper techniques to avoid weakening of the material.
  • This same material was used in another older Longwood community and has since been replaced by the City. Likely, the water mains will need to be replaced. It should be well understood that the HOA will need to work with the City to replace these water mains before the roads are repaved. Repaving then replacing the water mains will result in the patched appearance of the roads and this would be poor management by the HOA is this is what was allowed to happen.
  • The HOA should work with the City to develop a timetable to get the water mains replaced before repaving the roads. It might be possible for the City to provide some repaving assistance since they would be tearing up some of the road replacing the water mains then making street repairs.