StreetSaver Blog

  • It’s Time for Accountability and Performance Tracking

    by Sui Tan | Aug 03, 2017
    Cities and counties should give themselves a pat on the back with the passage of Senate Bill 1 (SB1) in April. This bill will raise gas taxes and vehicle fees by $5.2 billion a year to pay for California’s crumbling roads, highways, and bridges for the next decade. Cities and counties will receive $1.5 billion annually to fix local streets and roads.
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  • Pavement Management Programs (Part 1): Why "Worst First" Isn't Always Best for your Asset Management

    by Vijay Pulijal, PE (Harris & Associates) | Jul 27, 2017
    When clients say, “We’re not getting the best value from our pavement repairs,” I suggest crunching the numbers to see what they reveal. We often find counter intuitive results that can help them squeeze 30% more value from their budgets.
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  • In the News: Neighbors Make a Stink About Road Paved With Clamshells

    by Matt Reed, NBC 10 News | Jun 20, 2017
    Neighbors said the owner is using the shells to build the access road to his farm. But they say he used unwashed clams.
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  • International Research Leads to Better Asphalt Roads

    by University of Twente | Jun 06, 2017
    In cooperation with eleven road construction companies, the University of Twente is working on improving asphalt roads in the Netherlands. By using new technology during the asphalt paving process, the resulting road quality is 10 to 30 percent higher.
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  • StreetSaver to Attend 5th Annual Urban Street Symposium

    by Jose Reyes | May 08, 2017
    StreetSaver will be present at the 5th Urban Street Symposium in May 21-24, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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  • Data-Driven Approach to Pavement Management Lowers Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    by Anne Wilson Yu | Mar 30, 2017
    The roadway network is an important part of the nation’s transportation system, but it also contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions. A paper published this month in the Journal of Cleaner Production by researchers with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) introduces a way to reduce emissions across a roadway network by using big data to identify specific pavement sections where improvements will have the greatest impact.
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  • What is Roller Compacted Concrete?

    by Jose Reyes | Mar 09, 2017
    Roller Compacted Concrete pavement is best described as a zero slump concrete that is placed with standard or high-density paving equipment and consolidated/compacted using steel-drum or rubber-tired rollers to achieve a durable, wear resistant surface.
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  • News From the West: City of Hollister

    by Adam Breen | Feb 17, 2017
    A consultant that studied Hollister's streets to determine 2016 traffic mitigation fees said the city must spend a minimum of $4 million annually -- $3 million more than it currently does -- just to maintain streets in their present condition.
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  • News from the West: City of Santa Rosa

    by City of Santa Rosa | Jan 26, 2017
    The City of Santa Rosa has approximately 500 miles of streets, making it the city with the fourth highest street mileage in the Bay Area (only San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco have more.) It would cost over $1.1 billion to replace the pavement of Santa Rosa’s entire street network.
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  • Why is Pavement Preservation Important?

    by Sui Tan | Jan 19, 2017
    2017 arrives with many uncertainties, along with a new president. There is, however, a consensus in infrastructure investment. So at the minimum, systems preservation will be in the spot light. I have made one and only one New Year resolution this year – getting more local agencies to subscribe to pavement preservation.
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  • City of Richmond Stays On Top

    by Jose Reyes | Nov 30, 2016
    City of Richmond, CA uses StreetSaver to prioritize its pavement management. Unfortunately, not unlike a majority of older cities from the Bay, Richmond has many aging roads in need of restoration. Residents took note of the matter and wanted action.
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  • Save American Roads with Pavement Preservation

    by DingXin Cheng, Ph.D., P.E. | Nov 08, 2016
    Americans are accustomed to easy mobility on safe, smooth, and well maintained roads and streets. These roads and streets play a critical role in the nation’s economy providing opportunities for agriculture, industry, commerce, and recreation. Unfortunately, many of our roadway networks are deteriorating in quality requiring better management of our assets. This blog discusses the benefits of pavement preservation and importance of integrating it into pavement management systems.
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  • FHWA, TRB, WSDOT to Host Webinar Series

    by FHWA, TRB, WSDOT | Jul 21, 2016
    FHWA and TRB Committee AFD10, Pavement Management Systems, will be hosting a series of quarterly webinars starting on October 20, 2016.
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  • StreetSaver to Showcase at 2016 NWPMA Conference

    by Jose Reyes | Jul 18, 2016
    On October 25th – 28th StreetSaver will showcase at the 2016 Northwest Pavement Management Association Conference (NWPMA).
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  • StreetSaver Best Practices Vol. 2: Weathering & Raveling

    by Roger Smith | Jun 21, 2016
    Several questions frequently arise during pavement distress rating. Here are some best practices taken from StreetSavers AC and PCC Distress manuals.
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  • Finding the Right Tools for your ADA Transition Plan

    by Jose Reyes | Jun 03, 2016
    Nationwide local jurisdictions have begun to implement features required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and many of these jurisdictions are struggling to juggle compliance, design, budgeting and maintenance.
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  • StreetSaver Best Practices Vol. 1: Distress Identification

    by Roger Smith | May 24, 2016
    Several questions frequently arise during pavement distress rating. Here are some best practices taken from StreetSavers AC and PCC Distress manuals.
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  • 3 Cold Hard Truths on Condition Assessment

    by Sui Tan | May 04, 2016
    I received an urgent phone call from an East Coast user few days ago. “You have to help me!” Before I could say “sure”, he had started telling me the problem. In short, he was asking if there was anything he could do to rectify the distress data that was collected a year ago. This is because without any increase in funding, his network PCI had gone up 10 points.
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  • Put Your Pavement Management House in Better Order

    by Sui Tan | Jan 29, 2016
    I can’t believe we are in late January already. I hope you are keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions. Studies have shown that only about 65% of the resolutions are being kept in the first month. As I have known better, setting up too many goals is the sure-fire way to failure. It is easier to set just two or three goals, making sure to apply the principles of S.M.A.R.T goal setting. Below are the three goals to make you easier to kick off 2016 on the right foot:
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  • New StreetSaver® Website Offers Powerful Tools for Public Works Directors

    by MTC | Nov 13, 2015
    The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has unveiled a reengineered website for StreetSaver®, the first and leading pavement management tool for the San Francisco Bay Area. The new website debuts several powerful features to help public works directors do the job of tracking and maintaining city and county networks of local streets and roads.
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