2020 Pavement Assessment

A city-wide pavement assessment will be taking place this year.

Every four years, a city-wide pavement assessment is conducted in order to collect information about the condition of the city’s pavement. This assessment will include:

  • pavement condition
  • information related to curb and gutter
  • ADA ramps
  • traffic signals
  • pavement markings

Once this data is collected, the city’s street infrastructure inventory is updated, which includes condition ratings. Pavement condition ratings are based on the American Society Testing Material standards, which have been adopted by the American Public Works Association. These ratings are then used to schedule roadway repairs throughout the city.

Meeting Assessment Goals

City Council has established a city-wide pavement condition rating goal of 65. The table below lists the comprehensive scores of the previous three assessments.

YearPCI Score

In order to meet the identified pavement condition goal, repairs to roadways are classified in two categories:

  1. Short Term: Short term repairs are meant to last 5-10 years, and are based on service requests from City residents.
  2. Long Term: Long term repairs are meant to last approximately 20 years. These projects are included in the City’s 5 – year Capital Improvement Program, and is full rehabilitation of major roadways.

Immediate response and short term repairs are completed using funding from Public Work’s annual operations and maintenance budget.

Repairs in the long term category are included in the city’s capital improvement budget.

Upcoming Assessments

New Territory Area

The pavement assessment will take place in the New Territory area starting May 21 through May 29.*

* Dates are subject to change.

What you need to know

  • In order to allow for the complete and accurate collection of roadway data, residents are asked to park in their respective driveways.
  • A city vendor will drive through that area and collect data using an automated sensor-based collection system.
  • Residents should expect to see the Automated Road Analyzer (ARAN) vehicles throughout the city. See picture below:


  • These vehicles will be collecting valuable data related to the city’s pavement infrastructure.
  • A map will be posted on a regular basis that will detail areas of the city where assessments will take place.

The information collected will provide a comprehensive roadway inventory and include:

  • Roadway classifications (Local Cul-da-Sec, Local, Minor/Major Collector, Arterial),
  • Roadway surface types (Concrete or Asphalt)
  • Visualization of Pavement Condition and Distresses
  • Ratings for International Roughness Index (IRI)

What does the City do with the information?

The city takes this information and determines which roads require repair on an annual basis.This information allows the Public Works Department to refine its pavement service levels and analyze budget needs on an annual basis to ensure the City’s roadways are in good condition.

Roadway repairs are prioritized by City staff utilizing a pavement management software that helps to prioritize roadways for repair. This software uses available rehabilitation budget and repair criteria to provide residents with the best quality of roads. 

Why is this important to me, the resident?

As a resident, the information collected is meant to provide you, and your neighbors, with the best quality roads to ensure the best mobility possible and allow for the smoothest transit. Residents are encouraged to park in their driveways at this time to allow for best collection of data.


  1. 101A Gillingham Ln.
    Sugar Land, TX 77478

    Ph: 281-275-2450 | Fx: 281-275-2465