ROADWAY REHABILITATION AND ROAD USER COSTS: THE SECRET FORMULA FOR LOW COST ROAD TRANSPORTATION IS COMMUNICATION AND TIMING

Fully effective management of the revenues allocated to highway maintenance is not now being obtained. The key decisions on "how much maintenance is enough" are being made on the basis of subjective judgement. Facilities need to be rehabilitated, but proper maintenance increases the life of the facilities. A way must be found to locate and isolate points of weakness and provide measures to prevent or ameliorate distress before the facility breaks down; service-level decisions must be made on the basis of objective criteria, which unfortunately do not now exist; and the roadway system must be properly maintained and effectively and efficiently serve its purpose. Research shows that a roadway begins a period of accelerated depreciation at a time when the lay observer and most professional observers would consider the road to be in acceptable condition. Failure to carry out rehabilitation at that stage causes maintenance costs to increase by 100 percent annually until such time as total reconstruction is needed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Fourth IRF African Highway Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, January 20-25, 1980. For individual papers see TRIS Accession Numbers 311921 through 311971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Road Federation

    525 School Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • Sheflin, MJE
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311970
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM