Pavement Condition

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Additional Pavement Information

Why This Is Important

The City must understand the average overall condition of the City's street infrastructure from year to year to make appropriate funding decisions about the options for maintenance and rehabilitation of streets.

What's Being Done

The City's goal is to maintain streets in the most cost-effective manner possible to allow the streets to reach their optimum useful life before requiring replacement. With current financial constraints, however, it is not possible to do the "right repair at the right times" as it relates to maintenance of our streets. In 2008 the City adopted the pavement resurfacing program as a way to help slow the overall deterioration of our streets until optimal programs and methods can be restored.

About This Measure

The City uses a rating called the pavement condition index (PCI) to score the conditions of streets, and this rating helps us make informed decisions about future repairs and street construction. The average of the PCI values shows trends in the overall condition of City streets. Drivers on streets with PCI ratings of less than 70 will have a rougher ride and will see a greater number of potholes. Looking at this measure over time in this way can show the results of the City's financial and policy decisions regarding funding for streets.

Minneapolis streets are rated on a revolving three-year cycle with one-third of the city being inspected each summer. Inspection data is entered into a pavement management program that calculates the ratings. The ratings can be used for reporting or combined with other pavement and street information for short- and long-term planning, tracking and performance measurement.

Last updated Feb 25, 2013

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