The City uses a data-driven approach to prioritize roads using a pavement management software called RoadMatrix. The tool helps assess pavement quality by looking at 3 criteria:
- Ride comfort for travelers
- Surface distress like cracks and ruts
- Structural adequacy of the road foundation
Every road in Arvada is assessed every 3 years. From this information areas are prioritized based on the type of work. Some roads receive maintenance like sealing cracks to maintain their quality. Other roads that have fallen into disrepair require more intensive work like reconstruction. Reconstructing roads is cost intensive. While many of our older roads need this intensive work, the most traveled roads are often prioritized to help the dollars have greater impact for the traveling public.