A Surface Treatment Management System

Report No: 89-R11

Published in 1988

About the report:

A brief survey presented in this report illustrates the variability in management practices for the surface treatment of secondary roads across the country. In Virginia, an informal process that uses the experience of field engineers working within budgetary limitations has evolved. This has resulted in a cyclic resurfacing approach. As a general rule, Virginia's surface-treated secondary roads are resurfaced every 5 years. Although attempts during this project to establish a detailed project level management system for Virginia's surface-treated secondaries were unsuccessful, a viable economic analysis program has been established to analyze the costs of a particular resealing cycle for use in comparing various cycles. This program includes a function that models the effects of delaying resurfacing with an increase in required ordinary maintenance. Using the developed computer spreadsheet to analyze Virginia's alternatives led to the finding that a 4-year resealing cycle was optimal with a 5-year cycle only 1 percent higher. Unfortunately, since many assumptions were made and many cost estimates used, it is not surprising that a 4- or 5-year cycle was selected—Virginia currently uses a 5-year cycle. However, the analysis program is sound and may prove to be quite useful at the network level to other states that have much better cost and condition data

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

R. R. Long,  Phillip L. Melville

Last updated: December 28, 2023

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