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Pavement Condition Update

To Access the Updated Pavement Condition Index Summary, Click Here.

Pavement represents the largest investment for airport infrastructure. Therefore, being able to maintain pavement at a high level for an extended period of time is very important. Over the past year, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission has been working to update the pavement condition index (PCI) at the paved public airports within the state.

The pavement study enables statewide consistency of the information and provides multiple benefits from a statewide airport planning perspective. This project also allows individual airports to be provided the information that they need to can identify the high priority projects at their airport and budget accordingly. The scale used for the pavement condition ranges from 0-100, with three general categories that represent pavement conditions: Adequate (100-70); Degraded (69-55); and Unsatisfactory (54-0). Airports in North Dakota have used the PCI information to evaluate pavement conditions since the 1980s with the last study being conducted in 2009. For the first time ever this information is available to the public on an interactive website. Having this information readily accessible will make it easier for community members to present the information to multiple governmental entities or interested groups when discussing the need for future projects.

This interactive website also provides another capability that is brand new to the airport world in that it has a “timeline” capability for each individual airport. Anyone viewing the website is able to scroll to future years to analyze what the projected pavement condition will be if no further maintenance is conducted. The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission intends for this useful tool to be utilized by many to ensure that the airport infrastructure in our state is well-managed.

New federal requirements and awareness about increased air traffic within the state also led the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission to become the first state to address pavement strengths at commercial service airport runways by identifying the Pavement Condition Number (PCN). The PCN of pavement should be higher than the Aircraft Classification Number (ACN) in order to safely maintain the integrity of the pavement. More information regarding PCN and ACN at North Dakota’s commercial service airports can also be found on the website.

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is excited to be able to bring a new, innovative look to this pavement study for the public to view!

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