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Special Issue "Asphalt Pavement Sustainability: Construction and Long-Term Performance"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Abd Omar Abd El-Halim
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Guest Editor
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, K1S 5B6, Canada
Interests: Transportation Engineering, Pavement technology, Pavement design, Laboratory and field testing, modelling and system analysis, innovation in pavement construction and maintenance
Dr. Said M. Easa
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
Interests: intelligent transportation systems; highway geometric design and safety; human factors in transportation; traffic operations and management; engineering education
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Asphalt pavements have been the main roads connecting communities, cities and countries around the world. They have become the main source of economic development and well-being of developing nations. However, despite the great efforts and great investment in road construction, we are facing serious problems to maintain our road network and sustain it for its designed long-term performance.

The principle of sustainability has been adopted by many agencies, companies, organizations, institutes, and governing bodies. Sustainability should focus on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the decision-making process. This Special Issue is devoted to recent developments that address the impact of these aspects in pavement design, construction, and preservation. In particular, papers related to pavement construction and the long-term performance of asphalt pavements are encouraged. The developments may address methodologies, technological innovations, sustanability strategies, and case studies. The Special Issue is expected to provide the latest developments in pavement sustainability. It is hoped that it will serve as a useful reference document for practitioners and engineers in the pavement engineering field.

This is an invitation to all who care about quality asphalt pavements to join us and contribute through a paper your experience or understanding of how we can achieve our goal as pavement researchers, engineers, contractors, and end users. This Special Issue will address cutting-edge research and developments in the following areas:

  • Pavement compaction technologies.
  • Theories of pavement crack initiation
  • Effects of water, cold temperature, and mix type on long-term performance
  • Innovations in pavement construction
  • Performance comparison of traditional and new rollers
  • Pavement maintenance and rehabilitation.
  • Sustainable strategies in asphalt pavement design
  • Sustainable strategies in asphalt pavement construction
  • Multi-objective analysis
  • Economic, environmental, and social considerations
  • Long-term performance prediction models.
  • Mathematical and simulation models.
  • Other topics related to the theme of the Special Issue

Prof. Dr. Abd Omar Abd El-Halim
Prof. Dr. Said M. Easa
Guest Editors

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Sustainable Road Maintenance Planning in Developing Countries Based on Pavement Management Systems: Case Study in Baja California, México
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 36; - 19 Dec 2019
Cited by 6 | Viewed by 1826
The objective of this research is to develop a useful procedure that allows the collection, analysis, processing and updating of pavement conditions data, with the vision of generating inputs for the implementation of sustainable strategies for maintenance and rehabilitation of roads, based on [...] Read more.
The objective of this research is to develop a useful procedure that allows the collection, analysis, processing and updating of pavement conditions data, with the vision of generating inputs for the implementation of sustainable strategies for maintenance and rehabilitation of roads, based on pavement management systems. The relevance of this proposal lies in the fact that road management agencies in most of the developing countries have limited resources, staff and data to plan the interventions carried out on road networks. The proposed model comes from a work that has been done since 2014 to date, on the Centinela-La Rumorosa Highway, located in the state of Baja California, Mexico. Results integrate data gathered from analyzing the surface and structural conditions of its pavement and the study area, as well as the operating conditions of the road, including a georeferencing process in order to determine critical points in the network, and simulation to determine the effects of maintenance work carried out annually. It is concluded that the proposed planning model contributes to the improvement of highway performance, since it allows planning and administering the allocation of resources in making appropriate maintenance and rehabilitation decisions. Additionally, it allows to generate valuable inputs for pavement management systems implementation. The foregoing allows road management agencies in developing countries to provide a quality transportation system to their users. Full article
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