Cost-Effective Pavement Preservation Solutions for the Real World

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This report presents a summary of pavement preservation activities and recommended uses, expected longevity, and expected pavement life extension. It also includes some basic information intended to be used by those less familiar with pavement preservation, pavement management, life cycle cost analysis, cost estimating, contracting methods and others to help inform and educate in this important aspect of pavement engineering. Tools and techniques are presented to assist local agency engineers in evaluating costs, benefits, timing, longevity, and the decision-making process for developing an effective pavement preservation program on an individual pavement segment or over an entire network. The report includes examples using real pavement engineering data from several cities and counties in Minnesota to demonstrate topics such as activity timing and the benefits of a preventive maintenance plan rather than a reactive one. A set of guidelines was developed as part of the associated project intended to serve as reference material and as a training program.