Americans demand easy mobility on safe, smooth, and well-maintained roadways. But, asphalt pavement is an expensive asset that requires maintenance and preservation.  Failure to perform this in a cost-effective and timely manner can result in potentially premature rehabilitation and reconstruction plans.

Asphalt pavement maintenance and preservation is a relatively new concept that many states have not fully or successfully implemented. It is an efficient and economical approach to proactively addressing concerns while the road is still in superb condition, rather than reactively when damage has already occurred. It is a long-term way of thinking, planning and preserving roads and budgets.

Today, private organizations and public agencies can choose preventive treatment methods such as asphalt crack sealing, chip sealing, slurry or micro-surfacing to achieve and prolong the maximum extension of pavement life for each dollar invested. The key is applying the right treatment, at the right time, before the pavement experiences any structural damage. These techniques can decrease costs, reduce asphalt aging, postpone time-consuming rehabilitation and reconstruction projects and restore serviceability. Pavement maintenance and preservation does not increase capacity or strength.

With compounding budget constraints, pavement maintenance and preservation techniques allow public organizations and private agencies to utilize funds and resources wisely. Timely preservation treatments extend a road’s service life and significantly reduce budget demands now and in the future. By applying detailed, systematic and cost-effective treatments to the surfaces of structurally-sound asphalt pavements, roadways are successfully restored to their original conditions and are not continuously rehabilitated and replaced sections at a time.

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