What is Pavement Management?
The City of Vancouver maintains more than 1,800 lanes miles of streets. Each year, as part of Vancouver's Pavement Management program, staff evaluates about half of those paved City streets and determines the most cost-effective methods to extend pavement life and provide residents with better driving conditions. With this information, the city chooses roads needing preventive maintenance, resurfacing or reconstruction. The resulting pavement treatments fall into two categories: overlay or preventive surface treatment.
When streets begin to fail, they fail quickly and the costs to repair them increases dramatically. Focusing on keeping good streets in good condition provides the most efficient use of available, limited resources. Completely replacing the City's 1,800 lanes miles of streets could cost more than $450 million. Pavement management is a way of protecting this investment, therefore maximizing the life of our streets and getting you the most for your tax dollar.
There are several methods used to improve the surface of our streets: Click on the links below to learn more about these methods and what you can expect prior to and during surface treatments.
1. Overlay Paving
2. Preventive Surface Treatments
- Slurry Seal
- Chip Seal
- Cape Seal
Preventive Surface Treatment ProjectsPreventive surface treatments are used to extend the life of streets at a much lower cost than a standard asphalt overlay. There are a variety of these surface treatments including microsurfacing, slurry seal, chip seal and cape seal. View this webpage for more details.
Annual Curb Ramp ProgramSidewalk curb ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) help people with disabilities safely transition from the street to the sidewalk and vice versa. The City is required to evaluate and add ADA ramps where needed as part of its Pavement Management program. Click to learn more.