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With a pavement management plan, you can better understand how to preserve the life of your pavement while it’s still in good shape and identify minor rehabilitation needs before pavement deterioration leads to reconstruction. Long-term repair costs can be reduced by up to 80 percent with effective planning to improve the condition of your network using proven pavement management strategies.

4 Steps of Success Pavement Management

1.  Collect Data – gather information and identify pavement age and history

2.  Assess Conditions & Calculate Pavement Condition Index (PCI) – inspect pavements and rank sections according to severity of distress using a standardized rating scale

3.  Plan Your Approach – predict the future condition of the pavement network by applying different budget strategies

4.  Implement Your Plan – schedule annual maintenance and minor rehabilitation to keep pavement in good condition

Our Pavement Management Experience

City of Ankeny, IA – We completed a comprehensive pavement analysis of over 50-miles of snow route pavements. All pavement was inspected and ranked according to the Pavement Condition Index (PCI). Multiple funding scenarios were studied to determine the level of annual maintenance and rehabilitation dollars needed to maintain a network PCI of 70 (satisfactory-fair condition). Recommendations for capital improvements were also made based on the results of the pavement management program. Recommendations included the type of repair and/or major rehabilitation needed as well as approximate cost. Recommended projects were then included in the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Critical pavements were discovered in need of immediate improvement. While these areas didn’t clearly demonstrate visual surface distress, problems with air entrainment were verified based on petrographic analysis of pavement cores.

Ankeny’s pavement management study that was completed by Snyder & Associates was concise, accurate, and effective. It enabled us to spend our limited street improvement budget on maintenance activities and replacement projects with maximum efficiency.” – Paul Moritz, City of Ankeny

City of Clear Lake, IA – We conducted a pavement analysis and PCI rating of selected streets. The analysis included documentation of pavement history and a visual inspection of pavement surface distress. A PCI rating was developed for each of the studied pavements. A five-year Capital Improvement Plan was developed including individual improvement recommendations and an opinion of their respective construction costs. The City of Clear Lake has used the pavement management study to plan long-term pavement improvements.

“The pavement management services provided by Snyder & Associates was a benefit to the City of Clear Lake. They inventoried the condition of our street network and provided a prioritized list of recommended improvements. These services helped to complete our CIP and improve our pavement network overall.”  Joe Weigel, Clear Lake Public Works

Iowa State University in Ames, IA – We developed a pavement management program for the institutional road system at Iowa State University. The program utilizes MicroPAVER software and covers over 50-miles of pavement. Each year, the program is updated by re-inspecting one-half of institutional roads and a new network PCI is calculated. Pavement data and analysis has been completed to identify the consequences of current funding levels along with the funding needed to reach a target PCI goal. The network PCI has sustained over the past several years due to proper planning and management of improvement projects. The pavement management program has led to an emphasis on pavement preservation including rehabilitation projects over the past several years. We’ve also provided similar services for the parking lot system at Iowa State University.

Due to successful planning and programming of pavement management, the network PCI has risen from 56 (fair condition) in 2001 to 76 (satisfactory condition) in 2012. The program is a proven success due to diligent efforts by the departments of Facilities Planning & Management and the Parking Division at Iowa State University.


Learn more:

Concrete pavement restoration

The future of pavement performance

Pavement management research and development

Proactive asset management services