When thinking about infrastructure, most people's minds go to roads - and with good reason. Roads are traveled on daily, whether it's to and from work, to visit friends and family, to shop or even to drop the kids off at school. Roads are essential to our way of life and economic growth in Oklahoma, and across the Nation.
Each municipality has its own method of evaluating the condition of its pavement. Smaller municipalities typically rely on visual evaluations combined with ratings of smoothness. Larger municipalities have programs that include regular statistical evaluations resulting in a numerical rating of the Pavement Condition Index (PCI). The PCI scale is from 0 to 100 with a breakdown as follows:
- 0 to 40 - Poor
- 41 to 60 - Fair
- 61 to 70 - Good
- 71 to 85 - Very Good
- 86 to 100 - Excellent
It has been observed that the PCI drops about 3 points per year if pavement is not properly maintained. It has also been shown that for every $1 spent on major pavement repair and maintenance when the PCI rating is about 60, it will save $4 - $5 spent on major pavement repair or construction later when the PCI drops below 40.
If you would like further information on how your municipality could have your roads evaluated, or implementing a pavement maintenance program, please contact Sean Fairbairn, PE, Project Manager in our Oklahoma City office today.