The effect of pavement design on maintenance cost is evaluated. A pavement, strong enough to withstand anticipated traffic loads and providing an acceptable level of service, will eventually deteriorate when maintenance funds are subject to increasing cuts due to inflation as in the case of the UK. Maintenance standards are shown to depend to some degree on whether the road is in an urban or rural area. The influence of highway surface quality on tyre grip is shown. To avoid falling standards of maintenance it is suggested that a continuing fund is needed, based on fuel and vehicle taxes, to meet road requirements and which is unaffected by political activities. Maintenance needs of flexible pavements compared with concrete pavements are discussed. (TRRL)

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 10-14
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM