What is it?
A few school corporations and townships have recently been asking Schmidt Associates to put together a plan book regarding the conditions of their pavements. In short, these pavement inventory and maintenance studies are analyses of the existing pavement conditions, asphalt or concrete, at a particular site.
Here’s how it works…
The pavement is evaluated and rated with a scale that helps determine which sites or areas are most in need of help. Pictures, notes, and maps used to mark the specific problem areas are used alongside a rating chart to best outline the problems and areas needing the most attention and improvement. After the assessment is completed, Schmidt Associates will determine the estimated repair costs for each area needing repair. Finally, we prioritize what areas need to be repaired first so that over a period of time your ratings will get better and your cost for repairs will slowly decrease as problems are strategically tackled. In sum, this process will prioritize the most important repairs for someone’s site and help set a strategic budget plan to complete repairs over time.
The finished plan book includes:
- Executive summary of the site conditions
- Pavement and concrete assessment forms (rating charts)
- Estimated repair costs per site
- Site plans and maps with marks showing what needs fixed where
- Photographic documentation
- 5 year plan outlining the year to year timeline for improvements
What we look for, and the benefits of repairs
The major reason why owners should assess and repair their pavements is for safety and cosmetic purposes. If you want to keep your site from looking run-down or becoming unsafe, sealing and repairing your sidewalks and parking lots can go a long way. In short, it may not be glamorous work, but it needs to be done.
When doing our assessments, here is where we look, and what we look for…
Where We Look:
- Asphalt running tracks
- Asphalt tennis courts
- Hard surface play areas
- Parking lots
- Entrance and exit drives
- Concrete walkways/sidewalks
- Concrete aprons and steps
- Concrete curbs
- Parking bumpers
- ADA ramps and accessibility issues
What We Look For:
- Overall condition of pavement
- Cracking (Area covered and size of cracks)
- Deterioration (Does it need a mill and overlay or full depth replacement?)
- Parking lot striping/paint
- Poor drainage conditions