Expressways and highways will require continuous maintenance to ensure the road functional and structural capability are preserved and increase the life span of the roads. This will ensure a safe, comfortable and reliable and efficient movement of the traffics at all times.
The expressways elements such as carriageways surfaces, shoulders, road verges and slopes, drainage facilities, bridges, tunnels, signs markings, lightings and all other fixtures need to be identified to ensure that a proper programme of maintenance that offset the effects of weather, environments, organic and inorganic growth, deterioration, wear and tear, material fatigues and failures and damage due to vandalism are dealt with in a professional and strategic manner.
In view of the challenging environment where profit maximization is the cliché to ensure the running of the expressways is contributing to the existence of the organization, a proper planning and scheduling that include budget development, manpower, materials, tools, equipments, research and development are established to sustain the profitability of the company.
It is where the existence of Network Maintenance Manager is crucial for an expressway.
a. Network Planning
The NMMs specify and manage periodic data collection, storage and updating
Verify relevant routine maintenance and project data provided by others
Develop maintenance intervention strategies
b. Detail Programming
Produce Long Term Forward Works Programme (5 to 10 years)
Provide detailed annual and medium term programme of treatment and/or repair work
Establish cost estimates and reconcile network level schedule and budget
c. Conduct periodic inspections
Periodical inspections of slopes, pavement, drainage, tunnels, bridges in line with the requirement of the particular expressways’ Concession Agreement
Provide suitable condition reports to concession holders.
Conduct special inspections of works where faults has been notified
Provide annual report on network condition.
d. Maintenance Contract/Work Orders
Identify and prioritize as well as programmed work into different contracts and establish work orders.
Prepare design and technical specifications of projects.
Establish and recommend consultants or specialist where work exceed expected threshold.
Assist in evaluation of consultants and audit consultant output Project Management.
e. Project Implementation
Project progress monitoring and reporting.
Cost Monitoring and reporting.
Technical supervision and quality assurance of the contractors work for projects below threshold.
Technical audit of appointed consultant’s quality assurance and contractors work.
Technical review of the as-built information.
f. Third Party Works
Review and recommend any development of the third party activities adjacent to the expressways.
Assist in presentation of any material related to technical assessment of the third party activities to authorities especially Malaysian Highway Authorities.
Provide immediate technical advice and manage any repair work to any emergency cases on the expressways.