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Title:Pavement Program Planning based on Multi-Year Cost-Effectiveness
Author(s):Peng, Fan; Ouyang, Yanfeng
Subject(s):maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation (MR&R)
Abstract:Many traditional planning procedures tend to postpone maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation (MR&R) work until the pavement facility becomes significantly deteriorated. Any repair and rehabilitation work carried out after significant deterioration of the pavement turns out to be time consuming and not cost effective. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have been actively promoting preventive maintenance policies to state DOTs. Such proactive policies prescribe less-costly treatments for pavement facilities in order to prevent severe deterioration from occurring. This research project aims to develop such a cost effective planning procedure for the State of Illinois. The objective of this study is to develop an advanced pavement program planning procedure based on multi-year cost-effectiveness analysis. As a part of this project, a study on existing successful pavement management programs was conducted to understand the state of practice. Effective (yet simple) mathematical models have been developed to support pavement program planning practices. The developed models incorporate the concept of cost effective ranking for pavement program planning and would help in making decisions that focus on preventive maintenance. A spreadsheet-based software has been developed to serve as a decision-making support tool that facilitates the planning process. This software will help IDOT officials to easily incorporate the developed mathematical ranking models into their routine pavement maintenance planning process. The outcomes of this project (planning models and decision-support software) will help IDOT staff (i) make better decisions on the cost-effectiveness of MR&R activities and (ii) facilitate cost effective highway preservation and improvement in Illinois.
Issue Date:2010-03
Series/Report:ICT-10-067 UILU-ENG-2010-2008
Genre:Technical Report
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-05

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