Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chamorro A. and Tighe S.L. (2015)

Optimized Maintenance Standards for Unpaved Road Networks Based on Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Revista : Transportation Research Record
Número : 2473
Páginas : 56-64
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Unpaved roads play a crucial role in the economic and social development of societies, linking rural communities to education, health services and markets. Unpaved roads asset value is small compared to national and provincial road networks, fact that may explain why agencies responsible of rural roads management lack of enough resources to assess and maintain the network properly. This is especially critical in developing countries, where the majority of the population lives in rural areas and where limited tools are available for the sustainable management of the unpaved network. The main objective of the study is to develop and validate cost-effective maintenance standards for unpaved rural roads. The study is directed at improving the management process of unpaved road networks that serve rural populations. The scope is to develop maintenance standards that can be used by agencies in charge of the network management, considering available resources and their technical skills. To reach this goal a four step methodology was defined including the evaluation of an unpaved road network during four years, identification of maintenance treatments effects over roads condition from field data analysis, definition of maintenance strategies and the final development of optimal maintenance standards.The study is part of a four year project that was conducted at the University of Waterloo which resulted in the development of a sustainable management system for rural road networks in developing countries. The proposed standards were applied and successfully validated demonstrating to be adaptable to different climates, budget, traffic and road structures