Benefit Cost Models to Support Pavement Management Decisions

A critical role of pavement management is to provide decision makers with estimates of the required budget level to achieve specific steady-state network conditions, and to recommend the best allocation of available budget among competing needs for maintenance, rehabilitation, and repair (MR&R) projects or among different networks such as among Districts. This research study developed a model/procedure that uses the current state of the network and a specified future target state, condition deterioration trends (based on the MR&R treatments received) expressed as Markov condition transition matrices, and the unit cost of treatments, to determine the minimum total cost required and the corresponding treatment policy to achieve the desired target state of the network. The model can also determine the best network condition state achievable (and the corresponding treatment policy) with a given budget. The corresponding optimization problems with the objective of either minimizing total cost or maximizing overall network condition are formulated as linear programming problems, so that they can be solved very efficiently. The network level optimization model provides a valuable tool to ODOT decision makers to determine the required network budget and optimal budget allocations.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 126p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01448663
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2012/10
  • Contract Numbers: State Job No. 1343631.
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2012 8:46AM