Process to Estimate Permit Costs for Movement of Heavy Trucks on Flexible Pavements Academic Article uri icon


  • A process based on a mechanisticempirical (ME) analysis was developed to estimate permit fees on the basis of truck-axle loading and configuration as well as the predicted pavement deterioration that they cause. The process was implemented in a software package, Integrated Pavement Damage Analyzer (IntPave). IntPave is a finite elementbased program that calculates pavement responses, uses ME distress models to predict performance under any type of traffic load, is capable of comparing the level of distress caused by a heavy truck relative to a standard truck, and accordingly provides a permit fee. On the basis of a parametric study, it was found that, aside from the truck gross vehicle weight and axle configuration, pavement structure and the damage threshold to rehabilitation also heavily affect the permit fee.

published proceedings

  • Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board

author list (cited authors)

  • Tirado, C., Carrasco, C., Mares, J. M., Gharaibeh, N., Nazarian, S., & Bendaa, J.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Tirado, Cesar||Carrasco, Cesar||Mares, Jose M||Gharaibeh, Nasir||Nazarian, Soheil||BendaƱa, Julian

publication date

  • January 2010