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Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 248; doi:10.3390/su8030248

Sustainable Development Factors in Pavement Life-Cycle: Highway/Airport Review

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Department of Civil & Structural Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
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Department of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 28 January 2016 / Revised: 26 February 2016 / Accepted: 29 February 2016 / Published: 9 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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Abstract

Sustainability has gained as much importance as management in business. Sustainable pavement development as a business practice should involve making evaluations according to the triple bottom line in the pavement life-cycle. Despite the current approaches to evaluating the social as well as economic and environmental feasibility of pavement projects (involving highway and airport infrastructure), there has recently been a lack of consensus on a methodology to guarantee sustainability upon assessment and analysis during the pavement life-cycle. As sustainability is a complex issue, this study intends to further explore sustainability and elaborate on its meaning. The second step involves a general depiction of the major sustainability appraisal tools, namely cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, life-cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision-making, environmental impact assessment and social life-cycle assessment, and an explanation of their cons and pros. Subsequently, the article addresses the application of an organized methodology to highlight the main factors or concepts that should be applied in sustainable pavement development and, more specifically, in sustainable pavement management. In the final step, research recommendations toward sustainability are given. This study is aimed to assist decision-makers in pavement management to plan sustainability frameworks in accordance with probable boundaries and restrictions. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable pavement management; cost-benefit analysis (CBA); life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA); life-cycle assessment (LCA); multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); rating systems sustainable pavement management; cost-benefit analysis (CBA); life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA); life-cycle assessment (LCA); multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); rating systems
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Babashamsi, P.; Md Yusoff, N.I.; Ceylan, H.; Md Nor, N.G.; Salarzadeh Jenatabadi, H. Sustainable Development Factors in Pavement Life-Cycle: Highway/Airport Review. Sustainability 2016, 8, 248.

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