Pavement Management Program
The City of Blaine has a commitment to its residents and the traveling public to maintain the over 230 miles of City streets in a condition that provides for functional, safe and efficient travel in a cost efficient manner. The Pavement Management Program was created for the purpose of maintaining and rehabilitating the City streets to maximize the lifespan in a cost efficient manner.
The program tracks street conditions, plans a schedule of pavement maintenance and rehabilitation and identifies funding sources.
All streets have a limited life span which can be lengthened by proper care and maintenance. Routine street maintenance activities such as crack sealing and pothole patching are the most visible and common activities. Streets also require more intensive periodic pavement maintenance throughout their life cycles in an effort to extend the overall expected life span of the street.
A street with little or no maintenance will typically last less than 25 years before it needs to be completely reconstructed. Many variables such as underlying soil conditions, street construction, traffic loads and storm water drainage can have dramatic effects on the overall life.
By performing periodic pavement maintenance such as seal coats and bituminous overlays at the proper time a street's lifespan can be greatly increased. This periodic pavement maintenance is less costly to the residents and the City when compared to neglecting periodic pavement maintenance and simply reconstructing the street once it degrades to an unacceptable condition.
The Pavement Management Policy (PDF) is the blueprint for how the City will utilize the proper methods and techniques to address the periodic pavement maintenance needs in the most economical and efficient manner within the overall framework of the Pavement Management Program.
Funding for the Pavement Management Program is typically some combination of City funds, Municipal State Aid funds and assessments to benefiting properties as defined in the Public Improvement Special Assessment Policy (PDF).