Public Law 103-305, section 107, amended Title 49, Section 47105, of the United States Code by requiring sponsor assurances that address preventative maintenance for project applications involving airfield pavements. For any project to replace or reconstruct pavement, the sponsor must provide assurance to the FAA that they have implemented an effective pavement maintenance management program. The amendment also provides for the submittal of reports addressing the pavement condition and the management program.
The requirement to establish a pavement maintenance management program applies to any Sponsor who has used federal assistance to construct, reconstruct, or repair airfield pavement. Each grant agreement that addresses pavement rehabilitation or reconstruction contains a grant assurance that incorparates the obligation for a pavement maintenance program.
The goal of any maintenance program is to provide a safe and operable pavement for the least possible cost. An effective maintenance program will provide the owner with sufficient information to allow them to assess how to obtain the greatest return for funds expended.
A pavement life cycle curve illustrates the useable life of a pavement by comparing pavement condition versus time. In the first several years of a pavements life, the deterioration in pavement condition over time is relatively low. However, at certain point in time, the deterioration of the pavement increases, resulting in an accelerated drop in pavement condition.
This pavement life cycle curve demonstrates that $1 spent for preventative maintenance early in the pavement life is equivalent to $4 to $5 spent later in the pavement life. The intent of the maintenance program is to keep the condition of the pavement high with the least amount of expenditures. Timely maintenance can renew the pavement condition and prolong the life of the pavement. The benefit of the maintenance program is determining the optimum time to effectively apply funds. As seen in Figure 1, it is cheaper to apply limited funds to a pavement when the condition is relatively good rather than applying additional funds to improve the condition from a lower value.
An effective pavement maintenance management program is one that details the procedures the Sponsor should follow for the purpose of assuring proper pavement maintenance, both preventative and repair. The program must address key elements that will permit tracking of pavement maintenance activities. As with all successful endeavors, the owner must be committed to providing sufficient resources if the maintenance program is to succeed.
An acceptable program must, as a minimum, address the following elements:
The FAA does not prescrib the exact format of the program. The Sponsor may establish the PMP electronically or by hardcopy. Each airport should customize the collected information to best fit the needs, conditions, and resources of the airport. The selected system should allow an airport to develop an initial program that can evolve over time.
The FAA Central Region has prepared guidance to assist airport operators in preparing a pavement maintenance program. This guidance is not intended to, nor does it provide a complete program that a Sponsor can immediately apply to their airports. Larger facilities will require a more extensive program to ensure proper tracking of the maintenance data.
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