In order for municipalities to prioritize investments that extend the life of their pavement, they need to include pavement preservation and maintenance activities in their annual work program. Pavement management plans allow municipalities to see the overall condition of their road network and identify roads that are candidates for pavement preservation and maintenance activities. Interventions such as crack sealing and localized patching help keep their roads in better condition for longer periods of time. Pavement management programs help agencies identify the “right road, right treatment, at the right time.”
The CMAP Pavement Management Program was established in 2018. Following a call for projects, CMAP selected 12 communities (out of 69 applicants) for its pilot Pavement Management Program. Consultants gathered pavement condition data and information on maintenance and material costs. Using the information collected, the consultants worked with each municipality to prepare a customized Pavement Management Plan (PMP) tailored to the municipality’s needs.
After securing an additional $2 million of IDOT State Planning and Research (SPR) grant funds, the program was expanded to three years and will provide approximately 40 municipalities and one county with PMPs by 2021.
Improving system condition while minimizing costs requires nuanced decision making. Prioritized investment guides CMAP’s approach to addressing the region’s infrastructure investments as a core focus of ON TO 2050, the region’s comprehensive plan. Pavement management programs are a form of asset management which seeks to optimize life-cycle costs of achieving and sustaining a desired target condition instead of prioritizing the repair of assets in worst condition first.
The individual plans are available for download here.