Handbook for Pavement Design, Construction, and Management

The design, construction, and management of highway pavements is a complex task that involves the consideration of many topics. Among these topics are structural design and analysis, drainage provisions, traffic load spectra, material utilization/conservation, surface characteristics, construction practices, pavement evaluation, pavement type selection, life-cycle cost analysis, and preservation. Some of these topics have been addressed in American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) documents (e.g., Pavement Management Guide; Guide for Pavement Friction; and Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, Interim Edition: A Manual of Practice) and a great deal of information on the other topics is available in the literature. However, this information has not yet been synthesized or assembled in a format that will facilitate accessibility and use by highway agency professionals. Research is needed to identify current practices; review relevant information; and develop a handbook that discusses the topics pertaining to the design, construction, and management of pavements and incorporates relevant AASHTO documents. Preparing such a handbook in an interactive-electronic, easy-to-edit format with a printer-friendly option will further facilitate its use and update. Such a handbook will provide highway agency professionals with ready-to-use information to help them effectively perform the task of pavement design, construction, and management.  The objective of this research is to develop a handbook that addresses design, construction, and management aspects of pavements. The Handbook shall be prepared in an interactive-electronic, easily editable format with a printer-friendly option, suitable for consideration and adoption by AASHTO.


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 1-46

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Amir, Hanna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Pavement Technology, Incorporated

    3010 Woodcreek Drive, Suite J
    Downers Grove, IL  USA  60515
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pierce, Linda

  • Start Date: 20091001
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16891

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464588
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 1-46
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM