Now more than ever, it is critical to preserve our road infrastructure and minimise risk September 17 2017
Now more than ever, it is critical to preserve our road infrastructure and minimise risk
Over the past few years, our customers’ budgets have come under tremendous pressure while environmental expectations have increased. This coupled with increasing populations and safety concerns have created a worldwide infrastructure crisis that current methods only exacerbate. Our roads are continually dug up to replace damaged infrastructure, reducing the integrity of the foundations and reducing the potential lifespan.
The crisis is more on maintaining our existing roads and vital road-side infrastructure (to prevent them from falling into a state of disrepair that endangers public safety) and less on building new ones. There are loads of reasons to invest money into preventative maintenance and improving work practices. The sooner repairs are made, the cheaper they are: every $1 in preventive maintenance saves between $4 and $10 in future repairs, according to Levinson and Kahn.
Improved work practices can reduce costs and the risk of cost overruns. Instead of continually wasting money maintenance, with no future benefit we need to implement sustainable technology and work practices, and the money usually spent on maintenance can be spent on further improvements.