SRPEDD’s Pavement Management Program is an ongoing effort to evaluate pavement conditions on federal aid eligible roads in our communities.  Pavement Management is a process in which a network of roads is evaluated and rated to determine a schedule of maintenance to keep the roads in good to excellent condition.  Results of SRPEDD’s 2007-2008 Survey are shown in combination with results from MassDOT’s data in the interactive map below.  SRPEDD is in the process of updating this data.  Assistance for local community pavement management programs is available and is discussed in more detail below.

Data collected is used to aid in the project selection process for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as well as updating the Regional Transportation Plan.  Our survey does not include roads classified as Interstate Highways or roadways that are part of the National Highway System as they are surveyed by MassDOT.  Results of SRPEDD’s 2007-2008 Survey are shown in combination with results from MassDOT’s data in the interactive map below.

 

 

TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group, released a report in September of 2012 entitled "Hold the Wheel Steady: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother" in which they report that 24% of the nation's metropolitan roads-interstates, freeways and other critical routes have been pavements in poor conditions.  They also state that this poor condition result in rough sides and cost the average urban motorist $402 annually in additional vehicle operating costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation, increasing fuel consumption and tire wear.

Deterioration of pavement over time is inevitable because of wear and tear caused by traffic and since the materials that make up asphalt begin to break down and become affected by elements such as rain, sunlight and chemicals that come into contact with the pavement surface.  The liquid asphalt binder that is the "glue" of the pavement begins to lose its natural resistance to water, allowing moisture to penetrate into and underneath the pavement.  Deterioration of asphalt pavements can be due to factors that go beyond just normal wear and tear causing premature deterioration.  The premature deterioration of asphalt pavement can be due to failures in construction - or human error.

The cost of repairs increase dramatically if not completed at the appropriate time, so it is therefore less expensive to keep presently good roads in good shape.  Allowing roads to deteriorate beyond the point at which normal maintenance is effective will double, and more often triple, the cost for corrective measures.  SRPEDD, on behalf of the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization (SMMPO), has been providing pavement management services for member communities since 1984.  SRPEDD completed a regional pavement conditions survey of functionally classified, federal-aid eligible roadways as part of our Unified Planning Work Program for 2007 and 2008 and is currently working on updating the pavement conditions database.

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