Relationships Between Factors Affecting the Level of Service Provided by a Pavement and Maintenance Costs

Report No: 83-R32

Published in 1983

About the report:

This study attempted to establish and analyze relationships between forms of deterioration or distress that reduce the level of service provided by a highway pavement and the cost of correcting them. Using statistical computer analyses of 30 highway projects, the most significant relationships were identified. Very strong statistical relationships were identified between axle loadings (ESAL-18's) sustained and maintenance costs and between pavement age and maintenance costs. For a large majority of the projects, it was found that the unaccounted for variables (principally environmental) had no significant influence on the relationship between ESAL-18's and maintenance costs. With additional refinement, the results of this study could be used to predict needed levels of funding for highway maintenance activities.

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R. R. Long, Kenneth H. McGhee, Gary R. Allen, Ph.D.

Last updated: January 18, 2024

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