City and County roads represent a substantial asset, and local government agencies need to manage this asset efficiently. The key to managing roads efficiently is a pavement assessment.
A pavement assessment needs to be done at least once every three years. A pavement assessment needs to be done by someone with training. A pavement assessment needs to use a documented repeatable method. A pavement assessment does NOT need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money.
Every pavement manager, street superintendant, or public works director knows that the only way to manage roads efficiently is to apply the right treatment, to the right road, at the right time. A pavement assessment makes this possible.
Agencies need to determine how frequently to do their pavement assessment. This depends on several factors. Agencies in climates with snow and freeze/thaw, or other harsh weather conditions should do a pavement assessment yearly, or at least every two years. Agencies with budget constraints, growth, or large amounts of construction need to do a pavement assessment yearly to track the effects of certain factors on their road network. At a minimum, agencies need to do a pavement assessment once every three years to meet the financial reporting requirements of GASB 34.
iWorQ uses the SHRP Distress Manual-Distress Identification Manual for Long-Term Performance Project. Published by, the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). The SHRP Distress Manual is the Bible of pavement assessment, and is the standard for the industry. The SHRP Distress Manual outlines all the different types of pavement distress including how to measure the severity of each pavement distress. iWorQ has developed simple tools to make this process simple and repeatable. This image show the different severity levels of fatigue cracking.
Agencies should have someone on staff that is familiar with the SHRP Distress Manual, and that can do a pavement assessment. iWorQ can provide the training and the tools.
iWorQ has completed more visual pavement assessments than any other company over the past 10 years. iWorQ will come onsite, provide training, and do a pavement assessment. Companies with pavement assessment experience are hard to find.
iWorQ will work with each agency to determine how long a pavement assessment will take, what fields to collect, how frequent, and how much a pavement assessment will cost.