Utility cuts are made in city street pavements either to install new facilities or to maintain existing ones. Controlling the quality of pavement restoration is a challenge because of the large number of cuts made annually. Although utility companies restore the pavement sections after the cuts according to available guidelines, it is often observed that the pavement within and adjacent to the cuts fails prematurely. The resulting condition has a direct influence on pavement integrity and life, maintenance cost, aesthetic value, and safety of motorists. Because existing pavement management systems do not consider the effect of utility cuts on pavement performance, municipalities such as the city of Cincinnati are currently seeking specific guidelines in the form of a utility cut management system (UCMS). The results of a study on the development of a UCMS are reported in this paper. The UCMS is a synthesis of field evaluation procedures and cost management and policy issues related to street pavement sections affected by utility cuts. The goals of the UCMS are to (a) identify the factors most useful for evaluating performance of utility cuts; (b) differentiate between the quality of restoration by different utilities or subcontractors; (c) address issues related to planning, investments, and maintenance activities; and (d) be compatible with existing pavement management systems.


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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 42-48
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  • Accession Number: 00798873
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309066778
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 7 2000 12:00AM