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dc.contributor.advisorLee, Soon-Jae
dc.contributor.authorHumphries, Cade ( )
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-27T20:18:12Z
dc.date.available2012-11-27T20:18:12Z
dc.date.issued2012-11
dc.identifier.citationHumphries, C. (2012). Examination of potential cost benefits for converting surfaced roads to unsurfaced roads in Texas (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4380
dc.description.abstractConversion of roadways from a surfaced type to an un-surfaced type in order to achieve agency cost savings is currently being studied and practiced in selected regions in other states. Conversion from surfaced to un-surfaced may be a more economical option for low-volume roads. In Texas, TxDOT manages tens of thousands of miles of low-volume roads, and wishes to know if conversion of those roadways could save significant money in maintenance over time. This paper describes the practice of conversion as it has been utilized in other states. It then develops hypothetical conversion and maintenance plans for a given situation and applies real costs to estimate base-line costs. Road deterioration modeling program HDM-III is used to evaluate the maintenance costs over a 25-year analysis period and generate yearly maintenance costs based on real data. Average daily traffic (ADT) was identified as the most important factor. Conversion was found to be a viable option in some places, but due to high reconversion costs, presents risks that must be examined thoroughly before action is taken.
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dc.format.extent114 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectGravel roads
dc.subjectLow volume roads
dc.subjectUn-surfaced roads
dc.subjectADT (average daily traffic)
dc.subjectConversion
dc.subjectReconversion
dc.subjectHDM-III
dc.subjectMaintenance
dc.subject.lcshRoads--Texas--Design and constructionen_US
dc.subject.lcshPavements--Texasen_US
dc.subject.lcshTransportation, Automotive--Texasen_US
dc.titleExamination of Potential Cost Benefits for Converting Surfaced Roads to Unsurfaced Roads in Texas
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHu, Jiong
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKim, Yoo J.
thesis.degree.departmentEngineering Technology
thesis.degree.disciplineIndustrial Technology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentEngineering Technology


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