Infrastructure management is a tool for the continuous maintenance of pavements and other infrastructure, including:
- Parking areas
- Drainage structures
These systems are traditionally constructed along with new residences and buildings, then ignored until they are in need of major replacement. Regular inspection and maintenance extends the life of these improvements, however, thereby saving the significant expenses of reconstruction. Further, management of these facilities should include lower-cost rehabilitation work that restores the overall condition of the improvement at a much lower cost than complete reconstruction.
The goal of infrastructure management is to provide the highest quality systems at the lowest effective costs. As an example, regular crack sealing extends the life of asphalt roads and parking areas at very low cost, keeping surface water from entering open cracks and joints. As the pavement ages, milling and resurfacing the bituminous pavement while saving the value of the aggregate base is a lower-cost rehabilitation method to restore the pavement to a nearly new condition. However, if no regular maintenance is performed, and the cracks develop into extensive potholes and general base failure, total reconstruction will be required at a much higher construction cost, in addition to causing much greater disruption to the local residents.
ETC can help you assess your pavements so you can arrange for repairs to be done at the proper time, saving you money. Once we evaluate your infrastructure, we can arrange for any necessary rehabilitation work and oversee its progress.