flyingember wrote:I've always thought the city should stop doing per-project work for some of this and instead get a company on the books for all painting work.
They get 100% of painting jobs with renewal options for a few more years with some defined increase until either side decided not to renew or the term ends. In return the city gets a bulk deal on any paint work needed and a maximum waiting time.
Could do a fixed contract plus cost per linear mile painted.
So when Grand needs bike lanes the city knows exactly how much it will cost and this company will get the work. The city is encouraged to plan and paint quickly because next year it will cost more. It's also encouraged to find the "plus" money to do more painting that needs to be done with a sunk cost.
The company is encouraged to do it quickly and minimize mistakes because they don't get paid for mess-ups and this will keep road closures and peak hour painting to a minimum.
There is a set of multi-million contracts for paving. That's where the best opportunity lies. Identifying the streets to be paved and evaluating whether bike facilities can be added. you can supplement the paving budget with money for bicycle markings, and voila: you have new paved streets with new markings. The current approach gives us new markings on old pavement. there's no wow effect.