In general, there are no greater investments made by a transportation agency than the construction or reconstruction of pavements. The financial and highway user impacts are great and far-reaching. Pavement type selection deserves analysis commensurate with such investment. Pavement selection involves many factors, as you will learn from this synthesis. One thought, however, must always take precedence: that is, pavements are intended to serve highway users. To the extent that the pavement selection serves users, by ensuring that they travel on pavements that are safe, smooth, quiet, durable, economical, and constructed of sustainable materials, the designer has succeeded in meeting this important objective.
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