Fruita City Roads Riding More Smoothly
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- The city of Fruita is seeing continued success in the integrity of its city roads since implementing the PASER rating system in 2008.
PASER stands for "Pavement Surface Evaluation Rating."
The rating system is based on a 1-10 score, with 1 being not very drivable and 10 meaning a new road is needed.
Since practicing PASER, the city of Fruita has seen an overall increase in its road quality.
An average score of 7.16 in 2008 increased to 7.51 in 2012.
City officials say one of the biggest reasons for their success is road maintenance.
Tom Huston, director of Public Works for the city of Fruita, said, "We do what we call a chip seal, or a slurry seal, about five years after a road has been built. That gives the wear surface another eight to 10 years on top of the actual road. Along with that, the roads can develop cracks and pot holes. We seal those up."
Fruita's goal is to reach an average road score of 8 and at the rate they are going, they should attain that goal over the next 4 years.