QUALITY STANDARDS FOR HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE

QUALITY STANDARDS PROVIDE A DEFINITE CRITERIA FOR THE MAINTENANCE WORK CONTROL SYSTEM INASMUCH AS THEY DEFINE THE WAY THE HIGHWAY SHOULD LOOK OR ACT AS A RESULT OF THE MAINTENANCE EFFORT. MOST MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES CANNOT BE QUANTITATIVELY DEFINED BECAUSE THEY ARE SO COMPLEX AND DIVERSE. THEREFORE, THE STANDARDS ARE GENERALLY WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPLETED ACTIVITY RATHER THAN A MEASURED VALUE. THEY ARE MEANT TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO A SUPERVISOR WHILE EVALUATING WORK ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND TO ESTABLISH A LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY OF MAINTENANCE SERVICES ACROSS THE STATE. CHANGES IN AVAILABLE FUNDS, EQUIPMENT OR PERSONNEL WILL REQUIRE THAT THE LEVEL OF SERVICE BE ADJUSTED FROM TIME TO TIME BY TRAINED MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL. CONSEQUENTLY, THESE STANDARDS DO NOT ESTABLISH LEGAL STANDARDS AS THEY ARE MEANT TO FUNCTION PRIMARILY AS A GUIDE IN PURSUING PROJECTS OF A LIKE NATURE. THE JUDGMENT OF TRAINED MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL MUST BE RELIED UPON AS TO WHAT METHODS AND MATERIALS ARE MOST PROPER TO ACHIEVE THE PRIME OBJECTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT WHICH IS TO PROVIDE THE ROAD USER WITH AN UNINTERRUPTED, SAFE AND SMOOTH RIDING SURFACE OR AN ADEQUATELY SIGNED, SATISFACTORILY DRAINED AND WELL KEPT ROADWAY IN THE MOST ECONOMICAL MANNER TO ACHIEVE THE MOST SATISFACTORY RESULTS. /AUTHOR/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington State Department of Highways

    Olympia, WA  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1968-5

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  • Accession Number: 00218398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 21 1994 12:00AM