National Sustainable Pavement Consortium

The objective of the proposed pooled-fund project is to establish a research consortium focused on enhancing pavement sustainability. The six-year program will be developed in cooperation with the consortium participants, and will include, at a minimum, answering the following research questions: (1) What emerging materials, construction practices and pavement systems have the most potential for increasing the sustainability of our road infrastructure? The consortium will review emerging sustainable materials, technologies, products, and pavement systems, how to facilitate their adoption; and what testing, approaches, and methods are needed to adopt these technological improvements; (2) What do we need to measure --and how-- to address sustainability in the context of pavement engineering? To start answering this question, it will necessary to identify an appropriate set of metrics that cover all aspects of pavement sustainability and the adaption or development of tools for the assessment of pavement sustainability on a qualitative and quantitative relative scale; (3) How do we integrate sustainability consideration into the pavement management processes? This can be answered by looking at how sustainability considerations will affect all aspect of pavement engineering such as planning, design, construction, maintenance, management, and reclamation; (4) What changes are needed in our pavement engineering practices to adapt to climate changes? The consortium will investigate the effect of climatic change on pavement engineering in the region, in terms of design, construction, maintenance and management.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The pooled-fund project will be led by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), through its research office, the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $690000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Mississippi Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 1850
    Jackson, MS  United States  39215-1850

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1408 E Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    PO Box 7910
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 104
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910
  • Project Managers:

    Diefenderfer, Brian

  • Start Date: 20120701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220904
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41455

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573316
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(268)
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2015 1:01AM