Evaluating Your Pavement
Believe it or not, there is a formula to evaluate your pavement. While the primary driver for the development of the PASER Scale, by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was our nations roadways, the format has proven highly valuable for commercial properties.
BlueSky has found that by following the simple format and scoring program, our national clients can quickly evaluate their budgetary and resource needs quickly and consistently.
What is the PASER Scale?
The Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating is a scoring system with a simple scale of a 1-10 rating as outlined in the chart below.
When done correctly, by qualified and well-trained individuals, the PASER scale can provide property managers and owners with solid, empirical data.
|Quality||Rating||Treatment Asphalt||Treatment Plain Concrete|
|Excellent||9-10||No maintenance required||No maintenance required|
|Good||7-8||Crack sealing and minor patching||Routine maintenance|
|Fair||5-6||Preservation treatments (non-structural)||Surface repairs, partial-depth patching|
|Poor||3-4||Structural renewal (overlay)||Extensive slab or joint rehabilitation|
The Value of Information
Regardless of your intentions to evaluate a new property as part of a due diligence program or obtaining detailed knowledge of the condition of your own assets, knowing what properties need immediate attention and which can be postponed can have huge impacts on the budgeting process. Having the data to plan against is invaluable. Possessing consistent metrics about your largest areas of risk be it from a potential liability view point, focused on trip and fall hazards, or a maintenance budget perspective, will prove invaluable time and time again. BlueSky encourages all our clients to insist their contractors utilize a trusted and powerful, yet simple to perform and read, format such as the PASER.