Engineering students and faculty from South Dakota State University will perform a study on Madison's streets during the next several years to create a pavement management system for the city.
The Madison City Commission reviewed the proposal provided by SDSU on Monday. In it, university officials explained to the city commissioners that a pavement management system will help city personnel in evaluating pavement condition, outlining the most cost-effective maintenance treatments, and performing the maintenance and rehabilitation treatments.
The study has a 2 1/2-year timetable and was estimated to cost about $89,000. The city is expected to provide about $53,000 and SDSU will provide about $3,900. A group called the Mountain Plains Consortium is expected to supply the remaining $32,000 for the project.
Dr. Xiao Qin from SDSU will serve as a principal investigator for the project, and the team will include one graduate student and one undergraduate student to perform some of the work.