Pavement Condition

Pavement Rating System


A very involved process is used to rate Fairborn's streets to help determine what type of improvements or repairs are required. There are many factors which go into determining a roadway's serviceability to the community. One prominent statistic that Fairborn uses to assist with the planning of future road repairs and resurfacing is called a Pavement Condition Index (PCI).

The PCI takes many factors into consideration, such as structural integrity, roadway functionality, overall "rideability," construction details, traffic loads, distresses, symptoms, and other measurable indices. PCI ratings range from 0 to 100, with 100 being the best and 40 or below being undriveable. After the PCI process is completed, each street receives a PCI rating that helps determine its current condition and needs.

The process involves a specially equipped vehicle that performs comprehensive pavement measurements including spot load testing, videos, photos, and distress data collection using laser technology for accuracy.

Every street in the City is driven and data is collected to develop our street inventory database. The data is then transferred to a software program and analyzed based upon current civil engineering practices. The final report includes an inventory of all streets; measurements, pictures, pavement condition, PCI rating, and suggested methods of repair.

With street conditions continually changing due to traffic loads, environmental factors, and utility cuts, the data collection process is performed every three years to provide up-to-date street inventory and condition data. This data was last collected in 2013 in preparation for the 2014-2016 resurfacing program. The consistent collection of data allows us to monitor pavement deterioration rates and better plan for future needs. City engineers utilize the PCI along with visual inspections, traffic counts, economic development opportunities, problem areas and citizen comments to develop a comprehensive street resurfacing list annually.

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