Costs of Truck Related Highway Damage to Alaska

by Billy Connor, Alaska Dep of Transportation &, Public Facilities, Research Section, Fairbanks, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


The cost of pavement damage to the State of Alaska for truck traffic continues to be a very controversial topic. There is no simple answer since this cost is dependent upon pavement strength, rehabilitation strategy, and of course, environment. However, the effects of each of these parameters can be assessed to provide decision makers with the consequences of their decision. This paper describes the effect of each of these parameters on the Parks Highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The analysis shows the dramatic effects of weak pavements and rehabilitation strategy. The cost of truck traffic can be controlled through good engineering and management practices.

Subject Headings: Trucks | Highway and road management | Benefit cost ratios | Vehicle-pavement interaction | Pavement condition | Failure analysis | Traffic analysis | Alaska | United States

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