SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS COST ELEMENTS IN FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT DESIGN

This paper presents a method for predicting the optimum initial service life and optimum periods of resurfacing for flexible pavements. The method is based on consideration of total pavement costs including the cost of initial construction, routine and major maintenance and increased road user costs resulting from the mainteance operations. Standard economic analyses techniques were used for determining the average annual cost of alternate designs. A modification of the Radzikowski model was used for estimating routine maintenance costs of flexible highway pavements. The pavement design method developed by the Corps of Engineers was utilized in estimating initial design as well as required major maintenance (resurfacing). A method was developed which presented an estimation of road user costs due to maintenance and resurfacing operations. Variables evaluated in this paper included: (1) subgrade type; (2) initial traffic volume; (3) rate of traffic growth; and (4) rate of interest on the investment. Solutions were made for both 2-lane and divided 4-lane highways. The results of the study are presented in the form of graphs which indicate the initial design period which results in least cost for combinations of the variables given. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Third International Conference on the Structural Design of Asphalt Pavements, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, England, Sept. 11-15, 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Conf Struct Design Asph Pvmts (3rd)

    University of Michigan, Department of Civil Engineering
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48104

    International Conf Struct Design Asph Pvmts (3rd)

    University of Michigan, Department of Divil Engineering
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48104

    Interrational Conf Struct Design Asph Pvmts (3rd)

    University of Michigan, Department of Civil Engineering
    Ann Arbor, MI  USA  48104
  • Authors:
    • Yoder, E J
    • Ramjerdi, F
    • Grecco, W L
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 568-577
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00261936
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM