It is apparent from research conducted under this study that edge drains increase subgrade strength through the removal of water. It is also apparent in most cases that the edge drains increase pavement life by approximately seven years. Current cost benefit analysis indicates that edge drains can provide a cost savings of approximately $200,000 dollars a mile over the life of the pavement. Research also indicates that if edge drains are not properly installed and maintained they can doe more damage then good. It is evident that edge drains should be inspected with a pipeline camera prior to final acceptance and prior to rehabilitation.
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Fleckenstein, L. John and Allen, David L., "Performance and Cost Effectiveness of Pavement Edge Drains" (1997). Kentucky Transportation Center Research Report. 491.