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It is quite possible that your pavement is one of your community’s largest investments. Properly managed and preserved, your pavement can last well over 25 years. If not properly managed, it may last only 25 or possibly less. So the value of making sound pavement preservation, maintenance and repair decisions is more than aesthetic, it’s economic.
Our goal is to simplify the process of pavement maintenance and to help your community to cost effectively maximize the life and value of your community’s investment.
The goal of an effective pavement maintenance plan is to preserve and extend the life of the pavement. APEC’s engineers perform a comprehensive inspection and technical evaluation to determine the condition (and rating if appropriate) of your pavement. Based on the results, we create a pavement maintenance plan that prescribes and prioritizes effective and appropriate pavement maintenance and, if required, rehabilitative treatments. A long-term multi-year plan is prepared for cost-effective management of your pavement that maximizes pavement life and optimizes effective use of the communities reserve funds. While the plan is based on technical evaluations, the plan is easily understood and useable.
Effective pavement maintenance plans achieve remarkable savings in life cycle costs, all the while preserving and extending the life of the pavement. The multi-year plan allows community leaders to monitor maintenance activities and track the effectiveness of those treatments. In short, a pavement assessment and a multi-year pavement maintenance plan puts control of assets in the community leader’s hands and not in the hands of contractors.
Depending on the pavement type, age and condition, the field inspection and evaluation and resulting pavement maintenance plan may include any or all of the following:
Identification, description, quantification and location of pavement distresses,
Depending on the age and condition of the pavement, the pavement maintenance plan should be updated on a regular basis to monitor the effectiveness of the applied treatments and make adjustments required as a result of the review.
Need help getting your pavement project constructed properly? Although most contractors want to do the right thing by providing you with a quality product, with competitive bids and tight deadlines, some contractors may decide to take shortcuts. AEPC works with communities and contractors to avoid these issues.
AEPC works with communities during all aspects of the construction phase of the pavement maintenance or rehabilitation project to assist in achieving their goals. We can provide full Project Management services or Construction Administration services depending on the needs of the community. The construction phase is normally divided into three phases: pre-bid, post-bid and construction phase.
In the pre-bid phase AEPC helps communities implement their projects by developing a scope of work that describes work to be completed and expected results at project completion. AEPC will request bids from a shortlist of pre-qualified contractors. The goal of pre-bid services is to have a defined scope of work and qualified contractors that can adequately perform the project and meet budget and time constraints while providing the specified work.
In the post bid phase after bids have been received, we will conduct a thorough review of the bids to make sure that all bids address the scope of work. The objective is to eliminate or at least minimize the need for change orders during construction. When the review is completed, we will prepare recommendations to community leadership.
In the construction phase when a contractor is selected for construction, we will conduct a pre-construction meeting to discuss details such as lines of communication, site safety, access conditions, construction phasing, inspection and testing process, pay requests, final inspection and closeout and other items that might impact the community’s residents or other community services. Depending on community needs we can provide review of contract documents, inspection and close out services.
The dilemma for many communities is that they lack the knowledge and experience to address their pavement short and long term needs. This is where APEC can assist you. The community may need to define a scope of work for the needed construction or, depending on the size of the community’s pavement assets, it may be appropriate to first develop a pavement management plan (PMP). The PMP provides a long term view of the communities’ pavement preservation and maintenance requirements including cost projections. For the PMP to be workable for the community, it needs to address the pavement preservation and maintenance requirements and also financially fit within the community’s financial reserves. With a workable maintenance plan in place, APEC can work with the community to develop a scope of work for the immediate preservation and/or maintenance work to be accomplished, and manage the bidding and construction process. APEC evaluates each bid and makes a recommendation based on which scope and warranty best meets the community’s needs and budget.
The annual report is a brief summary report that provides a continuous record of information to the community. The annual report would generally include a record of completed work still under warranty, maintenance and rehabilitation activities performed in the past year, and planned activities for the following year. The information is valuable to the community as leadership and management changes.