The Best Value for the Taxpayer
In making any decision concerning the type of pavement to use on a roadway, a road agency is obligated to get the best value for the taxpayers. Some promoters would argue that the agency should determine pavement type on the basis of whether a particular industry “needs the work.”
The APA’s response is that the pavement type selection process should be used to select the best possible pavement type for a given road – in other words, it should be a road user-oriented process, not an industry-oriented process.
In order to deliver the best value for taxpayers and road users, the system used to select pavement type should be:
- Based on historical records
- Primarily driven by economics
- Periodically reviewed
For the APA’s 2010 position paper on pavement type selection, click here.