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Pavement and Materials

Together, the Pavement and Materials Research and Development (R&D) Program and the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AIDPT) Program provide a coordinated and cohesive approach to research, development, and technology activities. The programs improve the safety, durability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of highway pavements, and the materials from which highway infrastructure is constructed. The programs accomplish this goal by providing tools, technologies, and guidance; and support for updated policies.  Activities in the Pavement and Materials R&D Program include R&D of material test methods and specifications to improve the durability of both virgin and recycled materials used in highway construction, with a focus on advancing performance-related specifications that provide a fair and rational basis for linking payment to the expected performance of the as-constructed product, while giving contractors the freedom to innovate.  Activities also include the development of methods and best practices to encourage effective decisionmaking in the assessment and management of pavements.

Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2018