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Repair Costs of Low Volume Roads in Spain

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20 - June 23, 2010  1009682.(doi:10.13031/2013.29980)
Authors:   Eutiquio Gallego, Esperanza Ayuga, Carlos González-Montellano, Ana Isabel García, Francisco Ayuga
Keywords:   Low volume roads, Road condition, Conservation, Finance, Road planning

Low volume roads play an essential role in the development of rural areas in Spain. They provide access to farms and food industries, and they also provide services traditionally assumed by major roads, e.g., the connection of small towns or their use by emergency services. The construction of most part of the Spanish low volume roads network took place during the second half of the 20th century by using different techniques. The current condition of low volume roads is generally quite poor. However, some differences appear depending on the year of construction and the materials used for the pavement. The authors selected 41 low volume roads throughout Spain to calculate the budget required for their repair in order to analyze the influence of the pavement materials and the period of construction. This paper describes the repair works considered for calculating the budget required by each low volume road.

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