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Evaluating and Grading your Roadways

Agencies and municipalities should evaluate and grade their roadways on an annual basis.  One method of doing so is by using the PASER Rating System.

The PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating) Rating System uses a visual inspection to evaluate pavement conditions and can be used on asphalt, concrete, or gravel roads.  The PASER System is an effective roadway management system that is rather simple, yet paramount in making the most cost-effective decisions for taking care of your roadways.

The PASER Rating System rates the roads’ condition on a scale of 1-10 along with recommending the maintenance and/or repairs that may be needed.

Ratings for Asphalt Surfaces:

9-10       – Excellent; no maintenance required

8              – Very good; little or no maintenance

7              – Good; routine maintenance

5-6          – Fair to Good; preservative treatments needed

3-4          – Poor to Fair; structural improvements needed

1-2          – Failed to Very poor; reconstruction necessary

As part of an annual roadway inspection, other specific conditions such as drainage, adequate strength and safety are also important factors to consider in future road maintenance.  Assessing road conditions is an essential step in planning and improving maintenance management and extending the useful life of existing roadways.  The PASER Rating System is an excellent tool to assist in managing your roads.

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