Investigation of Pavement Performance in Historically Under-Performing Regions

Over the last couple of decades ODOT has experienced pavement performance that significantly underperforms statewide averages, in some regions, for decades. These issues were believed to be primarily caused by poor quality aggregate sources in these regions. District 3 (D3) has experienced the worst historical performance, but other districts in the region have experienced similar issues as well. Additionally, many counties adjacent to D3 experience lower performance that is masked when looking at district-wide performance. There have also been complaints of early raveling that may be linked to the same issue. These are likely being exacerbated by other factors such as design practices, poor-quality control, poor construction practices, lack of proper inspection, lack of proper QA, etc. Ohio has very different geology across the State and certain Districts only utilize the local materials within their region. Current aggregate specifications need examined to determine their contribution. As noted below, ODOT has studied these issues in the past and implemented changes to the program that have not resulted in the desired outcome. Due to the cost of pavement performance loss, further research is warranted to determine the root cause(s) of the regional issues and assess the cost/benefit of any potential changes to ODOT standards and specifications. The objectives of this research include the following: (1) Identify the root cause(s) of poor performance trends in regions of Ohio. (2) Determine the financial impact to ODOT of the performance loss. (3) Develop prioritization of root causes. (4) Recommend methods to eliminate root causes or to moderate root cause effects on performance. Consider how the use of new or emerging technologies could benefit current and future root cause elimination efforts. (5) Develop a cost-benefit analysis with a sensitivity analysis for each proposed method. (6) Develop methods to verify the effectiveness of eliminating or controlling those root causes. (7) Recommend the most cost-effective method(s) to handle these issues moving forward. Examples could include; construction specification changes, material specification changes, altering acceptance methods, utilizing new technologies, etc. but should not be limited to these items.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400258
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Spriggs, Jennifer

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Toledo, Ohio

    2801 West Bancroft Street
    Toledo, OH  United States  43606-3390
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chou, Eddie

  • Start Date: 20221005
  • Expected Completion Date: 20241005
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01857056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 37851, 136521, 115888
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 1 2022 1:19PM