District Completes Update of Pavement Management System

The Pavement Management System is an inventory of the functionally classified, non-state maintained, principal arterial, minor arterial, and collector roadways in the Jackson Urbanized Area. Each year, on a 3 year cyclical basis, District staff complete a reassessment of the pavement conditions for Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties by completing roadway condition surveys for each roadway in each of the respective counties. For 2014, the District completed the reassessment for Hinds County.

Data is collected for the Pavement Management System by inventorying the roadways through the use of windshield surveys. Windshield surveys are conducted by driving the entire length of the roadway and determining the level of degradation that has occurred. When collecting the survey data the types of cracking are identified, such as alligator, edge, or longitudinal/transverse line cracking. Other surface impediments that may be present are patching, rutting, potholes, heaves and/or swells and poor storm water drainage issues, just to name a few.

Once all of the information is factored in, the Roadway Surface Management System software program used by the District assigns a numeric value to each road segment which is called a Pavement Condition Index. This number signifies from highest to lowest the roadway segment that is in the poorest condition and in greatest need of repair. This data is factored along with traffic count data, to determine which roadways are in the greatest need of funding for surface repair or reconstruction.

Now that data collection for Hinds County is complete, a pavement condition reassessment will be conducted in 2015 for the functionally classified roadways in Rankin County. If you have questions concerning the Pavement Management System please contact Scott Burge at 601-981-1511 or by email at sburge@cmpdd.org.

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