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An effort was made to implement a standardized pavement management system (PMS) for municipally maintained roads in Rhode Island. Based on the results of a questionnaire survey and comparative analysis, Micro PAVER was selected as the most appropriate microcomputer-based PMS software for this particular purpose. An instructional workshop manual was prepared with an implementation procedure which utilized Micro PAVER as the core. Statewide PMS implementation was conducted through a series of training workshops for the technical staffs of cities and towns. Surface distresses were visually observed to evaluate the pavement condition, and the prioritization was based on the derived pavement condition index (PCI). During the standardization process, a ten percent sampling technique was recommended for pavement condition surveys. A preliminary list of techniques and costs for maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) was prepared, and a series of deterioration curves were developed for the standard network. At least sixteen Rhode Island municipalities have decided to implement this standard procedure.
pavement management system, Micro PAVER, PAVER surface distress, pavement condition index, project prioritization, pavement maintenance, geographic information system
Associate Professor, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Senior Civil Engineer, Providence, RI