Life-Cycle of Pavements
Life-Cycle of Pavements - Like most things in existence, pavements have a limited period of useable life starting from the time when the new pavements were placed to a time where all pavement maintenance and rehabilitation options have been exhausted with no serviceable life remaining.
Eventually all pavements begin showing signs of distress and fail.
The Ability for a pavement to reach its maximum serviceable life based on the design. A pavements performance is influenced by the decisions that are made on the factors that contribute to the premature failure or the prolonged life of your pavements.
The Combined Expenses needed to maintain your pavements during its life-cycle or useable service life. The longer your pavements survive, the greater the performance and reduction to your Life-Cycle Costs however; an early breakdown of your pavements can cost thousands in additional repairs and put a heavy drain on your capital reserve accounts with a potential impact to your capital improvements funds.
Contributing Factors to a pavements service life and ability to achieve maximum performance for the duration of its Life-Cycle begins with the environment, original pavement design and construction techniques followed by the decisions made for maintenance and pavement management.