Costs and Benefits of Thin Surface Treatments on Bituminous Pavements in Kansas

This study investigated the benefits and costs of commonly used thin surface treatments for maintenance of bituminous pavements in Kansas. Cost and performance data were collected from the Kansas Pavement Management Information System for all treatments applied from 1992 to 2006. Results show that seal coats have a short average service life on Interstate highways. The average life on non-Interstate highways is about 4 years. This life is slightly lower than that for other thin surface treatments, including hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlays. Seal coats also have a significantly lower equivalent uniform annual cost than do all other thin surface treatments in Kansas. A comparison of pavement benefit values before and after application showed that seal coat could not mitigate distresses better than other methods, especially thin HMA overlays. However, its performance is quite similar to that of the modified slurry seal.


  • English

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01151094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309142816
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-3854
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:58AM