Guidance for the Construction of Sand Seals and Ultra-thin Bonded Wearing Courses

Pavement preservation provides a means for maintaining and improving the functional condition of an existing highway system. Although pavement preservation is not expected to substantially increase structural capacity, it generally leads to improved pavement performance and longer service life. Sand seals are used to fill existing pavement cracking and even out surface smoothness defects. Ultra-thin bonded wearing courses (UTBWCs) are used to correct surface distresses, and improve surface smoothness and friction, and reduce hydroplaning. Although a great deal of information on the design, materials, and construction practices of these treatments is available, there is no nationally accepted guidance on their construction. There is a need to develop guidance to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) apply these treatments more effectively and achieve the most benefit of their applications. The objective of this research is to develop recommended guidance for the construction of sand seals and UTBWCs as used in preservation treatments.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $175000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 14-48

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Arkansas, Little Rock

    33rd and University Street
    Little Rock, AR  United States  72204
  • Principal Investigators:

    Braham, Andrew F

  • Start Date: 20221010
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240409
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772203
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 14-48
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 25 2021 11:34AM