Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009 - (Page 27)

Images courtesy MTC. StreetSaver® is a registered trademark of MTC. StreetSaver Software Key to Bay Area Asset Management, Regional Fund Distribution By Theresa Romell and Sui Tan, MTC alued at more than $40 billion, the 40,000 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area’s local streets and roads serve as the foundation of the region’s transportation infrastructure. The local street and road network is essential to the transportation efficiency, safety, and the social and economic health of the region. As such, properly investing in and managing this asset is essential for the long-term health of the San Francisco Bay Area’s transportation system. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the regional planning, programming and finance agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC’s pavement management software, StreetSaver, utilizes a pavement condition index (PCI) that rates the condition of roadways on a scale from zero to 100, with 100 being the best. A recent analysis conducted by MTC on the condition of the region’s streets and roads shows the Bay Area’s average local street and road network at a PCI of 64, perilously close to the steep part of the pavement life-cycle curve. The chart depicts another recent analysis that illustrates how conditions are projected to decline over time and The 40,000 miles of the San Francisco Bay Area’s local streets and roads serve as the foundation of the region’s transportation infrastructure, planning for which is executed by the Metropolitan Transportation Council V how the maintenance backlog is expected to increase under the existing funding scenario. Just to maintain existing conditions over the next 25 years, spending on street and road maintenance will need to increase by nearly 70 percent. To improve conditions to a reasonable target and reduce the maintenance backlog, a maintenance investment of more than double the existing spending will be required. Given the scarcity of financial resources to address the local street and road maintenance shortfalls, it is critical that every dollar that is made available for street and road maintenance is spent cost effectively. It costs far less to keep roads in good condition through preventive maintenance than it costs to allow the roadways to deteriorate to a point where major rehabilitation or reconstruction is required. As with any asset—a house, car, etc.—preventive maintenance is the key to a roadway’s longevity. If regular preventive maintenance is applied to roadways in good condition, deterioration of the roadways can be managed and their serviceable life can be greatly extended. Conversely, a “worst first” strategy prioritizes major rehabilitation or pavement reconstruction Winter 2009 pavement preservation journal 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009
Contents
President’s Message
International Preservation Conference to Feature Flexible, Rigid Pavements
A Tribute to Jim Sorenson
Add Pavement Preservation to Boost Pavement Management
L.A. Street Preservation: It’s For, and About, the Public
StreetSaver Software Key to Bay Area Asset Management, Regional Fund Distribution
Integrating Pavement Preservation Practices
Revised Manual Provides Basics of Asphalt in Preservation
International Road Federation Hears from Lone Star State on Pavement Preservation
Iowa State Hosts Grad Course in System Asset Management
A New FP2 for Changing Times
Stimulus Package Boosts Preservation in Northeast
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers
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