Newsletter: PASER Study Paves the Way for Future Roadwork, Funding

How do I know if this road needs to be rebuilt? City and Town leaders constantly struggle with that question, especially when they are evaluating the local roads with the greatest need and how to come up with funding.

Completing a PASER Study is the best way to help prioritize and smartly spend your roadway dollars.

“A PASER study helps us grade our roads and lets us know what we need to do in the future and whether we need to make any changes or upgrades,” said Devin Cole, maintenance manager and wastewater operator for the Town of Sweeter. “And it keeps us eligible for INDOT funding.”

PASER is an acronym for Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating System. It is a system for visually rating the condition of the pavement surface from a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a pavement in a failed condition and 10 being a pavement in excellent condition. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Transportation Information Center developed the guidelines.

The data collected from a PASER Study should then be incorporated into a Pavement Asset Management Plan which is a funding requirement for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Community Crossings Matching Grant
(CCMG) program. The PASER Study involves evaluating every street in the community and rating the surface condition of each road.

A visual inspection, when assessed correctly, will provide the community with the basis for comparing the condition of each roadway segment. The ratings directly correspond to the expected remaining service life. Based on the condition that is determined, the appropriate maintenance activities are recommended. With the data from the PASER Study incorporated into the Pavement Asset Management Plan, the engineer will be able to prioritize which roads need attention first, and the priority in which they should be maintained. This helps communities get the “best bang for their buck,” when it comes to infrastructure improvements.

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