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Life-cycle Cost

Life-cycle cost analysis is one of the tools by which pavement structures are evaluated and eventually selected by pavement owners. The life-cycle cost of a road includes the money spent on initial construction of a road, maintenance over its lifetime, and the costs to users for their delays during maintenance and reconstruction. Life-cycle costs of hot-mix asphalt pavements are significantly lower than those of Portland cement concrete pavements. The APA has developed life-cycle cost analysis software that uses the principles recommended by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to compare the economics of alternative designs for a given road project. It’s easy to use, unbiased, and free. There are two versions: LCCA Original, a comprehensive program, and LCCAExpress, geared to less-complex projects. Both are available as free downloads. Click here for a free download of the life-cycle cost analysis software.