A Life Cycle Assessment Framework for Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation Technologies

This proposed project intends to develop a life cycle assessment (LCA) framework for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) technologies. Pavement is a key component of transportation infrastructure and accounts for a large portion of annual agency expenditure on transportation infrastructure maintenance. Traditional scheduling of pavement M&R activities is primarily based on minimization of life cycle cost incurred by both agencies and users. Environmental impact of pavement is typically ignored. This project will define the functional unit, develop the LCA modules of pavements, identify and develop needed data sources, and develop time-variant models to quantify the environmental impact of pavement, in terms of energy consumption and emission originating during the entire pavement life cycle. Outcomes from this project can provide guidance on rational pavement M&R policies that reduce the environmental impact of pavement on the society. The developed framework will be used to evaluate and optimize pavement M&R alternatives and compare results with those from traditional approaches that are based on life cycle cost analysis (LCCA).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $103,587
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of South Florida, Tampa

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    4202 E. Flowler Avenue, ENB 118
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620-5350
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lu, Qing

    Mannering, Fred

  • Start Date: 20161130
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171129
  • Actual Completion Date: 20171129
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01633738
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 29 2017 12:34PM