FAA grant assurances require airports to have a pavement management program in place for all projects that are to be funded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and with revenue from the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program. A statewide Airside Pavement Management Program (APMP) was developed for RIAC and in accordance with best practices, a Landside Pavement Management Program (LPMP) was also implemented.
Landside refers to the parking areas and roadways servicing the airport that are trafficked by vehicles. These may include passenger long-term parking lots or even vehicle service roads within the airfield. A landside program differs from airside in a variety of ways, including CIP funding sources, distresses considered (e.g., jet blast erosion versus potholes), distress deduct variability (e.g., Foreign Object Damage (FOD) is a greater concern on the airfield), budget constraints, and geometry considerations, among others. While there may be less standardized publications for airport LPMPs compared to APMPs, landside pavements are still vital assets to airports. The cost benefits of a successful LPMP are significant, and the condition quality of roadways and parking lots around the airport leave a great impression on the airport customers/passengers. Landside pavement infrastructure represents a large capital investment in the Rhode Island State Airport System. Timely and appropriate maintenance and strategic rehabilitation are essential as repair costs increase significantly in relation to deterioration.
This LPMP addresses the requirements of maintaining an effective pavement management program for the participating airports at the network level. Network-level management of pavement assets provides insight for short-term and long-term budget needs, understanding of the overall condition of the network (current and future), and pavement facilities that are subject to project consideration. A network-level evaluation can be supportive in the identification of maintenance, repair, and major rehabilitation needs as well as budgetary planning-level opinions of probable construction costs (OPCC).
In 2019, RIAC selected Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. with sub-consultant City Point Partners (CPP) to provide professional services in support of developing the first implementation of a statewide Landside Pavement Management Program for the State of Rhode Island. Landside networks at six Rhode Island airports are included in this program and report, including Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Warwick, Quonset State Airport (OQU) in North Kingstown, Westerly State Airport (WST) in Westerly, North Central State Airport (SFZ) in Smithfield, Newport State Airport (UUU) in Middletown, and Block Island State Airport (BID) in New Shoreham, Rhode Island. The results of this program can be utilized by RIAC to identify, prioritize, and schedule pavement maintenance, repair, and major rehabilitation projects.
As always, long-term inclusion in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) reflects an aspirational project that is not guaranteed to be undertaken or completed within a specific timeframe.