Modular Pavement Technology

Modular pavements use pre-fabricated segments for quick placement of entire pavements or the replacement of pavement segments. This type of technology has been used by the military for rapid repair of airfields and has seen some civilian highway use. The process allows most of the work to occur outside the traffic stream. One example of a modular pavement technology is the use of prefabricated portland cement concrete (PCC) slabs, where all curing and strength gain can occur without impeding traffic. In addition, the concrete placers and finishers can work in relative safety off the roadway.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">   </span>It should be noted that modular pavement technology is not limited to PCC products. Modular pavement technology has great potential for rapid pavement repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Applications include but are not limited to isolated repairs, intersection and ramp rehabilitation, pavement replacement under overpasses, and construction of longer mainline pavement segments. Modular pavement technology can speed up construction without sacrificing quality while minimizing lane closures and traffic disruption. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>Off-site fabrication has the potential to permit lighter, thinner, or more durable pavement sections through more stringent quality control and use of design details not feasible for in-place construction. The objective of this project is to develop tools for public agencies to use for the design, construction, installation, maintenance, and evaluation of modular pavement systems.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>It is anticipated that these tools should include, at a minimum: (1) guidance on the potential uses of modular pavement systems for specific rapid renewal applications; (2) generic design criteria; (3) project selection criteria; (4) guidelines and draft or model specifications for construction, installation, acceptance, and maintenance; and (5) a long-term evaluation plan to assess the performance of modular systems and lead to refinements in designs and materials.<o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11.5pt; COLOR: black"><o:p><font size="3"> </font></o:p></span></p><p> </p></span><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Sans'"></span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Sans'"></span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Sans'"></span></strong><strong><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Lucida Sans'"><font face="Arial"><font size="3"></font></font></span></strong>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Bryant, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    Fugro Consultants, Incorporated

    Austin, TX  USA 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tayabji, Shiraz

  • Start Date: 20080211
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110510
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15459

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  • Accession Number: 01462750
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R05
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM