Crack sealing: a waste of time or pavement maintenance budget saviour

The sealing of cracks in asphalt pavements and joints in concrete pavements has been a maintenance and construction function for many years. Until recent years, the sealing approach was accepted as a menial maintenance task, with the value being seen as a short-term direction. Yet, others declaring no value in preserving their pavements with crack sealing deleted this task from their maintenance and construction programs altogether. Today's technology has improved with better performing types of sealing material and methods for sealing cracks/joints. At the same time, the demand for a cost effective preventative maintenance technique is required to extend the life of our roadway and pavement system. The current recognition that prompts corrective action to seal crack/joints before they begin to contribute to accelerated pavement deterioration will pay dividends. The investment that any State Road Authority, City or Shire has in pavement-in-place is far too great to even consider replacing at today's prices. The most cost effective form of pavement preservation is early intervention with best practice crack sealing.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 6p (day 2, session 4)

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  • Accession Number: 01384827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:59PM