Pavement Resource Program 2010/2011

The primary objective of the Rutgers Pavement Resource Program (PRP) is to utilize the extensive laboratory and field pavement testing equipment and staff expertise of the Pavement Resource Program in all aspects of Pavement Engineering to assist the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT's)Pavement and Drainage Management Systems Unit in developing pavement management system strategies, innovative materials, improved pavement design tools, and advanced laboratory and field data collection equipment aimed at enhancing network condition by optimizing available capital resources. The primary goals of the current program are to enhance the Department’s Pavement Management System, assist in the planning, design, construction and management of a NJDOT ride quality facility for the certification of equipment utilized by NJDOT, consultants and contractors for construction contract pay adjustments, provide ongoing support for implementation of Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement, design on an as needed basis to support the Department’s annual paving program and develop a New Jersey Long Term Pavement Performance (NJ-LTPP) program to assess the pavements designed with the new M-E Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) to determine the “as constructed” level 1 inputs for the MEPDG and enhance the predicted pavement performance models for international roughness index (IRI), top down and bottom up cracking and rutting.