Sustainable Development Factors in Pavement Life-Cycle: Highway/Airport Review

Babashamsi, Peyman
Yusoff, Nur Izzi Md
Ceylan, Halil
Nor, Nor Ghani Md
Jenatabadi, Hashem
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Sustainability has gained as much importance as management in business. Sustainable pavement development as a business practice should involve making evaluations according to the triple bottom line in the pavement life-cycle. Despite the current approaches to evaluating the social as well as economic and environmental feasibility of pavement projects (involving highway and airport infrastructure), there has recently been a lack of consensus on a methodology to guarantee sustainability upon assessment and analysis during the pavement life-cycle. As sustainability is a complex issue, this study intends to further explore sustainability and elaborate on its meaning. The second step involves a general depiction of the major sustainability appraisal tools, namely cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, life-cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social life-cycle assessment, and an explanation of their cons and pros. Subsequently, the article addresses the application of an organized methodology to highlight the main factors or concepts that should be applied in sustainable pavement development and, more specifically, in sustainable pavement management. In the final step, research recommendations toward sustainability are given. This study is aimed to assist decision-makers in pavement management to plan sustainability frameworks in accordance with probable boundaries and restrictions.


This article is published as Babashamsi, Peyman, Nur Izzi Md Yusoff, Halil Ceylan, Nor Ghani Md Nor, and Hashem Salarzadeh Jenatabadi. "Sustainable development factors in pavement life-cycle: highway/airport review." Sustainability 8, no. 3 (2016): 248. doi:10.3390/su8030248. Posted with permission.

CNDE, sustainable pavement management, cost-benefit analysis (CBA); life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), life-cycle assessment (LCA), multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM), rating systems