Congratulations to the Town of Lexington, Massachusetts and Town Engineer John Livsey, P.E. for winning the prestigious 2020 James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation. The Sorenson Award is presented annually by FP2 (Foundation for Pavement Preservation) to just one public road owner agency in recognition of superior pavement preservation practices. Past winners have included three state DOT’s, three large counties and the cities of Los Angeles and Nashville.
At indus, we are honored to have partnered with the Town of Lexington to help them dramatically improve the community’s road conditions in recent years. Under Livsey’s direction starting in 2010, Lexington instituted a well-organized and highly optimized pavement management program with the ambitious goal of upgrading the network average PCI from 68 to the mid-80s. The program now includes a heavy emphasis on top-of-the-curve preventive maintenance and was founded upon the principle of using ‘the right treatment, on the right road, at the right time.’
Lexington utilizes a variety of treatments to cost-effectively preserve and restore pavements. These include crack sealing, fog seals and rejuvenators, micro surfacing, cape seals, milling & paving, cold in-place recycling and full depth reclamation.
The results are impressive. The Town of Lexington has:
- Increased the average PCI by 17 points in 10 years, from 68 in 2010 to 85 in 2020.
- Added net gains of new service life to their network in each of the last four years.
- Decreased the network backlog of all required repairs from a high of $20.35 million in 2012 to $7.25 million in 2020.
- Reduced the percentage of poorer condition roads requiring major rehabilitation or reconstruction from 39 percent of the network in 2010 to only 15 percent in 2020.
The Lexington, MA program is a great model for achieving outstanding success in a relatively short amount of time. We can think of no one more deserving of the 2020 Sorenson Award than the Town of Lexington and Town Engineer, John Livsey P.E.
To read about his story, click here.