The condition categories listed below are ranges in the PIC scale that compare similar sections of pavement and make generalized assumptions about their condition.
“Very Good” (PCI Scores of 85 to 100)
These streets may be relatively new. They have few, if any defects, and what defects they do have are likely cosmetic. Routine maintenance, such as crack sealing or a surface seal, may be enough to provide a smooth ride for many years to come.
“Good” (PCI Scores of 60/70 to 85)
These are streets that are beginning to show their age, due to climate and traffic. Common defects include various forms of cracking and raveling. The defects are generally not serious in nature, but culd indicate a need for additional maintenance or localized treatment, such as patching. Their base is still intact and can provide several more years of service.
“Fair” (PCI Scores of 40/50 to 60/70)
Defects, such as alligator cracking and depressions, have become more prevalent and more severe. Pavement edges may start to ravel away. These roads are functional, but require rehabilitation if they are to remain an asset in the future. Some structural deficiencies and surface roughness are evident.
“Poor” (PCI Scores of 0 to 40/50)
In this category, the pavement is overshadowed by large areas of cracking and depressions. The surfaces are uneven and may be prone to rutting. Failures in both the pavement and subgrade are easy to identify. These sections are near the end of their services lives and usually require a complete road reconstruction.