A well planned and executed maintenance program is even more important for low-volume roads than for higher class paved roads. There is a need to monitor the road condition at regular intervals so that when the condition of a given road section shows signs of distress, immediate maintenance measures can be employed. For low-volume roads, maintenance work tends to start very soon after the road has been constructed. If the road is made up of earth or gravel it will be necessary to carry out maintenance measures after every rainy season. Some of the common forms of distress of low-volume roads are listed. The importance of formulating maintenance guidelines is emphasized. There is a need for a well-coordinated system to provide information on where the maintenance is necessary. The system should employ road condition monitoring techniques. Inexpensive techniques include visual inspection and the use of the straight edge. For sealed roads, automatic devices may be used. When distress is detected, the coordination system should activate immediate corrective measures. A maintenance manual specifying details of maintenance work should be established. Road condition data and maintenance data should be well documented. The data should be disseminated among all those who need the information. Coordination of all maintenance activities should be insured.

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  • Accession Number: 00322670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM