RFP: PPUATS Urban Pavement Survey

TCRPC seeks proposals from qualified firms for professional services to assess the pavement condition of major roads in the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area. Sealed proposals will be accepted until 4:00pm March 2, 2018.


PPUATS Urban Pavement Survey RFP


Questions may be submitted to hmartin@tricountyrpc.org until 5pm, February 23, 2018. All questions submitted to staff are listed below. Please click on a question to view its response.

Per the RFP, acceptable metrics for pavement condition data include Pavement Condition Index (PCI). Would the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission allow an established visual surface rating system to be used, such as PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating) which was developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Transportation Information Center? PASER uses visual inspection to evaluate pavement surface conditions, and does not use the International Roughness Index (IRI) in its methodology.

TCRPC would be open to considering established visual surface rating systems that were not explicitly listed in the RFP. The use of such rating systems would be subject to approval by the MPO stakeholder committee for this project. PCI and CRS are the most commonly used means of rating roads in local pavement management systems in our region. I would encourage a proposal that uses an approach with a metric/method that does not involve PCI or CRS to address the possibility for establishing a means of equating the two rating scales with PASER’s (or any other system) scale. If that is not possible, I would encourage you to clearly highlight the differences between your proposed approach and PCI & CRS.

Is the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission specifically looking for the data collection to be completed through the use of a Data Collection Vehicle (DCV)? Specifically, would the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission be open to alternative collection methods such as high definition photos via flying drones and/or manual collection by simply walking/driving the roads without the use of the digital imagery provided by the DCVs?

TCRPC staff and the MPO stakeholder committee have not firmly established a preference for the means of data collection to rate the pavement condition, so yes, we would be open to alternative collection methods as you’ve described. I would encourage any proposal using a less familiar method to provide sufficient detail for the MPO stakeholder committee to make an informed decision.