As part of our Pavement Management Program, the Engineering Division works with our consultant, Beta Group, to develop an annual list of streets and the type of surface application treatments or traditional paving techniques based on a cost/benefit analysis to maximize improvement to the Town's overall Roadway Surface Rating (RSR).
The techniques used include Pavement Preservation surface treatments, such as cracksealing, bonded wearing course, and micro-surfacing to keep our structurally sound roads in good condition before having to repair significant damage. These pavement preservation treatments extend the life and serviceability of our roadway's pavement. In addition to Pavement Preservation, the Town also mils, overlays, and reclamation on streets with worse pavement conditions. The amount of streets that the Division improves each year fluctuates based on the Division's annual capital improvement budget allocation and the cost of the labor and treatment materials. A description of the different pavement treatments used within the Town of Brookline is available here.
Additionally, the Division replaces sidewalks with concrete each year to improve ADA access and walkability throughout the Town. Guided by our ADA Compliance Report, the location and amount of sidewalks replaced fluctuates annually based on the Division's annual capital improvement budget allocation and the cost of the labor and materials. Heavy pedestrian areas around schools, commercial zones, and houses of worship are prioritized.