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FACT #77

Cost Effectiveness

Studies in Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio showed that asphalt pavements were more economical than concrete over the study period.

The Ohio results showed that the life-cycle costs for asphalt were less than those of the compared concrete pavements, with most of the savings in the 25 percent to 70 percent range. In Iowa, one asphalt pavement section cost only 57 percent as much as the comparable concrete pavement and another asphalt pavement cost 62 percent as much as the comparable concrete highway. In Kansas, the life-cycle costs for asphalt only were about one-third of the costs for concrete pavements.