Understanding Pavement Preservation
Every $1 spent to keep a road in good condition saves $6 to $14 as the road condition deteriorates and becomes more costly to repair.
Keeping a road in good condition saves taxpayer dollars!
Keeping “good” roads in good condition also improves traffic safety and reduces auto repair costs that frustrate Michigan motorists.
Every pothole begins as a crack in the pavement surface.
Cracks become potholes and potholes become craters!
The goal of pavement preservation is to place the right fix, on the right road, at the right time, every time!
To do that with the limited dollars available to Michigan road agencies takes a long-term planning approach, dedication and the funding to be able to make the best choices for every road, at the right time. It also requires a commitment to educating the public.
The public often questions why a road agency would fix roads in good condition instead of roads in much worse condition, or why “repairs” are being made to a road that was recently paved. The public can mistake preventive maintenance treatments for a new road; not understanding that cracks in the original surface will eventually reflect through the new surface.
Road agencies also face complaints from motorists assuming contractors didn’t build the road right, substandard materials were used, or the ever-popular notion they’re just wasting money.
A good public education campaign helps motorists understand that preventive maintenance treatments are as essential to the pavement as oil changes are for the engine in your family vehicle. Like new shingles for your roof, a new pavement surface prevents water from getting below the road where it can cause potholes to form.
Average Life Span of a Paved Road
The Old “Worst First” Strategy = 20 Years
Using Preventive Maintenance = 40+ Years