As most Wisconsin municipalities know, every odd year, communities are required to conduct road ratings and submit their findings to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT). Knowing the condition of your roads and pavement makes it easier to diagnose the current overall state of your community's roads, forecast future needs, plan maintenance activities, and provide quality roads to constituents.

Conducting road ratings is only one piece of the puzzle. Having a pavement management program in place can save you time, money, and stress when it comes to evaluating and maintaining your roads. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) and our experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to pavement management programs. With our help, your community can have an intuitive system to access the inventory of your pavement assets, projections for future road conditions, interactive maps of your pavement, and more.    

By keeping organized and having a pavement management plan in place, road ratings can be an easy, low-cost item on your to-do list that provides important information to your overall plan. 

Though the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) does not require pavement condition data to be submitted to the state, municipalities are required to use some form of Pavement Management System to guide their pavement maintenance and rehabilitation program. In addition, the preparation of a Pavement Management System can be eligible for Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funding with IDOT approval. 

About the Authors

Arlyn Kurth

Arlyn A. Kurth
Construction Review Manager

Arlyn has been employed by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) since 1976, and has been the head of Field Services since 1987. Over the years, Arlyn has gained experience in land surveying, sewer and water main staking, road construction staking, building layout staking, subdivision work, utility tunnel layout, road construction/utilities review and engineering technician work. His main duties now are: project management of construction review projects and management of the Field Services Team. 

Kevin Wagner

Kevin J. Wagner, P.E.
Project Manager / Branch Manager

Kevin has worked at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) since 2011. He has worked as a design engineer on civil and municipal projects with a focus on road and storm water design and infrastructure management and planning. His municipal background includes road, storm water, water and sanitary design, as well as experience in site storm water management, pedestrian design and ADA compliance, railroad quiet zones, development review, pavement management, capital planning and asset management. Kevin also integrates municipal technology with his work, including asset management software implementation, municipal software needs assessments, and GIS master planning.

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