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Implementation of Jointed Plain Concrete Pavements Performance-Related Specifications by State Highway Agencies

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-08-0043
Project Status: 
Active
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
End Date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
FHWA Program: 
Infrastructure
FHWA Subprogram: 
Pavement and Materials
FHWA Topics: 
Roads and Bridges--Construction and Project Management; Roads and Bridges--Pavement and Materials
TRT Terms: 
Performance Related Specifications; Concrete; Pavements; Materials; Quality Assurance; Infrastructure; Construction
FHWA Discipline: 
Pavement and Materials, Construction and Project Management
TRB Subject Area: 
Pavements, Materials

Contact Information

First Name: 
Matthew
Last Name: 
Corrigan
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3365
Email Address: 
Team: 
Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDI-20

Project Details

Project Description: 

This is a continuation of a research contract activity which was started on October 1, 2008. The research contractor (Applied Research Associates) has so far performed satisfactorily on route to addressing the three contract objectives:  (1) To incorporate Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide models in jointed plain concrete pavement performance-related specifications, as has been done for hot-mix asphalt performance-related specifications in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program 9-22.(2) To provide assistance to three States who want to develop or improve on their performance-related specifications.(3) To develop a plan for Statewide implementation of performance-related specifications, thereby saving time and eliminating much of the burden associated with current project-by-project jointed plain concrete pavements performance-related specifications development.  The three objectives were identified in 2004 as high-priority research needs by the Concrete Technical Working Group that provided guidance for the Office of Asset Management's Performance Specifications Strategic Roadmap. They were also specifically identified as critical needs by participants in the November 2006 Advanced Quality Systems Workshop in Alexandria, Virginia. Also, the American Concrete Pavement Association has passed a resolution to encourage the further development and implementation of performance-related specifications, and the American Concrete Pavement Association staff have provided significant input in past performance-related specifications software development and jointed plain concrete pavements performance-related specifications field trials. All field trials were successful. The States conducting field trials (using performance-related specifications not based on the Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide models) were Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Those States plus others (e.g., California, Kansas) have now indicated a need for Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide-based performance-related specifications and for assistance with performance-related specifications implementation. This research contract activity will provide such performance-related specifications development and implementation assistance to three States and will result in Mechanistic-Empirical Design Guide-based PaveSpec 4.0 performance-related specifications software that replaces the current PaveSpec 3.0. As noted above, this activity addresses a Fiscal Year 2010 Gap: "Performance-based Specifications Have Limitations Due to Existing Testing and Evaluation Protocols." It also addresses Fiscal Year 2010 Gap: "Lack of Guidance and Best Practices for QA." This activity will improve and implement current jointed plain concrete pavements performance-related specifications, moving them closer to performance-based specifications. It will also be the basis for quality assurance guidance.

Goals 

The following are the key project objectives:

  • Incorporating Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) models in jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) performance-related specifications (PRS).
  • Providing assistance to State highway agencies in developing and using Level 1 and Level 2 PRS.
  • Developing a plan for Statewide implementation of PRS.

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Final reports documenting work on updating PaveSpec to incorporate Mechanistic–Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) models.
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverables are draft and final reports documenting work on updating PaveSpec to incorporate Mechanistic–Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) models.
Deliverable Name: 
Screenshots
Deliverable Type: 
Training materials
Deliverable Description: 
The products are screen shots of input and output screens for the alpha version of the updated PaveSpec.
Deliverable Name: 
Final PaveSpec software.
Deliverable Type: 
Software/App
Deliverable Description: 
The product is the final release version of updated PaveSpec software (Section 508 compliant), along with source and object codes.
Deliverable Name: 
User Manual
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a draft and final updated PaveSpec user’s manual (Section 508 compliant).