GIS-based highway maintenance prioritization model: an integrated approach for highway maintenance in Nepal mountains

Roadside slope failures often result in day to week-long traffic disruption and are a major problem in Nepal so that timely maintenance of roadside slopes needs greater priority for smooth operation of traffic. In this paper, we develop a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based maintenance model considering pavement and roadside slope stability conditions. A pavement maintenance priority map is prepared based on pavement condition. International Roughness Index (IRI) is used as the pavement condition index. Similarly, a roadside slope maintenance priority map is produced by analyzing slope stability condition. An integrated maintenance priority map is produced by combining both pavement and roadside slope maintenance priority maps with consideration of weighting of each maintenance component. The integrated maintenance priority index developed in the research lies from 1 to 3, and is distributed heterogeneously. Higher index values qualify for higher priority in maintenance planning. Thus, a conventional method of maintenance planning under the constraints of budget, time and resources can be improved by incorporating the actual condition of pavement and roadside slope failure susceptibility, which has the potential to improve significantly the serviceability of the road system. The study shows that GIS, which can manage and visualize different types of data together or separately, can help the decision making process for road maintenance planning in the Himalayan regions.


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  • Accession Number: 01155124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2010 7:42AM