Models for Estimating the Effects of Pavement Condition on Vehicle Operating Costs

Vehicle operating costs are part of the costs that highway agencies must consider when evaluating pavement-investment strategies. For conventional vehicles, these costs are related to fuel and oil consumption, tire wear, repair and maintenance, and depreciation; emerging vehicle technologies may involve other cost items. These costs depend on the vehicle class and are influenced by vehicle technology, pavement-surface type, pavement condition, roadway geometrics, environment, speed of operation, and other factors. A large body of research is available on the effects of pavement condition on vehicle operating costs and on models used to estimate these effects. Much of this information and many of the models were developed on the basis of data generated some 30 years ago in other countries for vehicle fleets that vary substantially from those used currently in the United States and for roadways that differ from those built in the United States. However, some relevant information was collected in the United States in recent years that could help in refining these models or developing models that would better apply to current and future U.S. conditions; this information applies to operating costs of heavy trucks. Inadequate information is available on the effects of pavement condition on the operating costs of light vehicles (automobiles and pick-up trucks). Inadequate models for estimating the effects of pavement condition on vehicle operating costs make it difficult to conduct a rational economic analysis. Research is needed to review available information and to develop models applicable to emerging vehicle technology and to traffic and environmental conditions encountered in the United States. Such models will provide highway agencies with the tools necessary for considering vehicle operating costs in evaluating pavement-investment strategies and identifying options that yield economic and other benefits. The objective of this research is to recommend models for estimating the effects of pavement condition on vehicle operating costs. The models shall reflect current vehicle technology in the United States.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 1-45

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Institute for Community Development
    East Lansing, MI  USA  48824-1226
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chatti, Karim

  • Start Date: 20061004
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111216
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11043

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464887
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 1-45
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:51PM