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Pavement Management

Mayor’s memo: The Pavement Management Program: It’s good for you and the City

Streets are a big part of what the City does and the Pavement Management Program (PMP) paves the way. The City is committed to providing a cost-effective street maintenance program that ensures more than 340 miles of streets are safe and functional. Meeting the needs of our residents and the traveling public is a priority. As Mayor, I work with the Council to learn the best procedures and put them in place using PMP.

For more than 25 years, the PMP has supported street maintenance tasks such as street sweeping, snow removal, crack sealing and seal coating, plus other seasonal services. More extensive road projects are also covered by PMP. 

The process begins with regularly scheduled field inspections of each street, completed on a three-year cycle. The inspection results rate the condition of roads with a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) number between zero and 100. Potholes, cracks and other pavement defects are considered. The PCI value is used to determine what street projects are most needed and economical. Usually, projects involve one of three maintenance techniques:

  • Sealcoat: Application of asphalt topped by compacted rock.
  • Mill and overlay: Surface grinding followed by paving new asphalt.
  • Reconstruction: Removal and replacement of an existing road section and constructing curbs in areas that did not have them previously.

City staff also uses the PCI value to determine when to move forward with projects. While many other factors weigh in, some of the most common considerations include:

  • County or City construction projects on adjacent roadways.
  • The effectiveness and overall conditions of drainage, water and sewer systems.
  • Condition of the base under the road.
  • Available State and City funding.
  • Opportunities to eliminate hazardous situations and provide safety improvements.
  • Alignment with major redevelopment projects in the city.

A five- to 10-year outlook prioritizes PMP projects currently. During a typical year, PMP projects involve:

  • 4 – 5 miles of reconstructions.
  • 7 – 9 miles of mill and overlays.
  • 25 – 30 miles of seal coat treatments.

To learn more about PMP, visit blm.mn/pmp or call 952-563-4870.