Great looking pavement in your community’s streets or business’ parking lot makes for:
Conventional wisdom would say “worst first” when talking about caring for your pavement. However, the fact of the matter is that while there will always be trip hazards or other unforeseen circumstances that will require immediate action on deteriorated pavement, you should be looking at a preventative maintenance approach. Preventative maintenance will decrease your overall life cycle costs for your pavement. The Asphalt Institute has said that pavement not maintained for 15 years will cost FIVE times more over the life of the asset. I guess it’s true what they say… “An ounce of pavement maintenance is worth a ton of reconstruction!”
In order to have a pavement maintenance program, you have to have the money to pay for it. If you create a budget and set the money aside, you’ll be more apt to actually take care of your pavement. Your budget should reflect at least a 5-year forecast of maintenance. It is not unreasonable to have a 20-year pavement maintenance plan, which is the typical lifespan the pavement.
Pavement maintenance generally consists of the following elements, performed over a period of time:
If your pavement has not been maintained by the previous owner or manager, you may have to take some more aggressive measures to extend the life of the asphalt such as a chip seal, slurry seal, or even an overlay. But if you stay ahead of pavement maintenance, these measures will be few and far between.
When you set up your budget, look at the costs that it will take for the period of time that your pavement maintenance plan projects. Take that total dollar amount and divide it by the periodic increments (monthly or annually) for which you will set that money aside. Put those funds into a separate account… sometimes called a reserve account. This account may be as sophisticated as you choose as you factor in interest rates, cost escalations, etc. Regardless, just start your budgeting process today so that you can maintain one of your most valuable assets…your pavement!
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