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Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance works are defined as those day to day treatments that are applied to a road pavement in order to keep the pavement functioning properly. Routine maintenance is sometimes referred to as reactive maintenance because it is a reaction to a specific defect/distress. Examples of routine maintenance works are as listed below:

  • Pothole Patching ( using hot or cold premix)
  • Edge break repair – repairing of broken edges of the surfaced roads
  • Drain Clearing – cleaning or removing rubble from drains
  • Vegetation control – removing verges on edge of the road
  • Spot gravelling
  • Grass cutting
  • Road Sign Repair
  • Repair of road side furniture – guard rails, lay-bye, signs
  • Carriageway Marking (surfaced roads)

Periodic maintenance

Periodic maintenance works are defined as those treatments that are applied to a pavement in a cyclic pattern i.e. resealing, in order to keep the pavement functioning at optimum levels. Periodic maintenance works are performed after a number of years i.e. Resealing is done at least after + - 7 years. Examples of periodic maintenance works are as listed below:

  • Resealing – new layer of surfacing (i.e. spray & chip using 10 or 13mm of surfacing stone)
  • Asphalt overlay – new layer of asphalt concrete e.g. Harare Airport Road
  • Rehabilitation – Redoing part of failed road section e.g. (I base layer)
  • Reconstruction – Re- building the failed road
  • Re-gravelling – putting a new layer of Gravel (150mm thick) to improve the riding surface of gravel road
  • Carriageway Marking
  • Safety maintenance – Replacement of signs, guard rails etc.
  • Bridge Maintenance

Emergency roadworks

Emergency roadworks are works that are unforeseen i.e. Bridge wash away. Examples of Emergency road maintenance works are as listed below:

  • Road or Bridge Wash - away
  • Road blockage – tree blocking road, dead animal, Brocken down car etc
  • Diesel spillage on road surface
  • Construction of a new road to a new Government facility
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