Pavement Management Pays Off

by Rita Robison, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 4, Pg. 44-47


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Pavement Management Systems are paying off at various agencies from municipal to state levels. Its PMS consultant enabled the city of Oakland, Calif. to convince FEMA to pay for indirect damage after a 1991 fire leveled entire neighborhoods. The streets had survived the fire but were damaged by large trucks used to remove debris and rebuild houses. At O'Hare Airport, a PMS system enables the engineers in charge to make accurate estimates of pavement conditions without sending inspectors out on foot. This has saved the city as much as $7 million through use of appropriate remediation. Two states, Massachusetts and California, have put improved pavement quality on their agendas. In Massachusetts, a statewide effort has been formally organized and will include Pavement Management as an important tool. Caltrans, California's transportation agency, has adopted an accelerated pavement testing system developed in South Africa after a successful pilot project.

Subject Headings: Costs | Pavement management | Pavements | Quality control

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