The funding available to local agencies in Indiana to manage roadways has decreased in recent years, and many agencies cannot provide adequate maintenance with the available resources. Consequently, agencies are doing everything they can to evaluate the least expensive method to maintain their roads that will meet their objectives and needs. In some cases, the most appropriate surface type is a paved road, and in some cases, it is a gravel road. The decision as to the most appropriate surface type depends on a variety of factors, such as cost, traffic volume, development and public input. The purpose of this study was to review the applicable research and develop an assessment procedure that local agencies in Indiana can use to help determine the most appropriate surface type for a given road.


Paved road, gravel road, pavement management, road maintenance, road evaluation

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