Introduction of mechanistic-empirical pavement design into pavement carbon footprint analysis

Transportation authorities and industrial organisations are currently faced with the need to incorporate greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts into pavement designs. GHG emissions have been evaluated for individual projects with unique external environments. These estimates cannot be applied to future projects with different external environments. This paper presents a GHG estimation method to assist in low-carbon design for future pavement construction. The method uses mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide to create comparable structures with different pavement techniques, traffic volumes, climate conditions, etc. The method is illustrated using the Maryland Intercounty Connector (ICC) project, which was paved with hot mix asphalt. The results show that if the ICC’s asphalt base layer was paved with foam stabilised base, GHG emissions would be reduced by up to 18.8 thousand metric tons, an equivalent to 56.5% of the total pavement construction emissions. The GHG savings would generate $111,200 of carbon offsets, which compensate approximately 5.7% of the pavement costs.


  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677418
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2018 3:00PM