APA releases new life-cycle cost software

Lanham, Md. - The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) has released a new version of the software program LCCAExpress for life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) of pavements.

Version 2.0 of LCCAExpress is geared to less-complex projects. It is quick, easy to use, and unbiased. The software is available as a free download here.

"The updated software now offers the ability to print out a professional-looking report. It allows the user the addition of a fourth overlay option as well as more maintenance options and the choice of whether to calculate user delay. LCCAExpress does all this in a very user-friendly way," said Jill Thomas of the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, co-chair of the APA's Economics Team.

Like its predecessor programs, LCCAExpress 2.0 still uses the principles recommended by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to compare the economics of alternative designs for a given road project. It is a simplified version of the APA's original LCCA software. Both LCCA and LCCAExpress are available as free downloads here. The Web site at www.AsphaltRoads.org also has a wealth of additional resources on topics including Perpetual Pavements, policy considerations, and environmental sustainability.

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance is a coalition of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Alliance's mission is to further the use and quality of asphalt pavements. The Alliance will accomplish this through research, technology transfer, engineering, education, and innovation.