Assessment of Splash and Spray Potential of Experimental Quiet Pavement Surfaces

Splash and spray potential is one of the less studied pavement functional characteristics, although it can have significant impact on travel safety and comfort. Research suggests that it contributes to a small, but measurable, proportion of road traffic accidents, provides considerable nuisance to motorists, and can generate negative environmental impact to the vegetation adjacent the roadside. This project will: (1) develop splash and spray measurement equipment, and (2) test innovative "quiet pavements" to determine if they also provide additional benefits with regards to this new emerging functional pavement performance parameter. The project is leveraged by the significant data being collected for the Virginia Quiet Pavement Initiative. The project will develop capabilities for testing splash and spray in the state and compare the splash and spray potential of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) traditional and innovative pavement surfaces. The innovative aspects of the project include: (1) it allows for the incorporation of an additional functional performance measurement into the asset management process, (2) it will help design pavements that provide safer and more comfortable ride to the citizens of the state, and (3) it will contribute to consolidating VDOT's and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's (VTTI's) leadership in the area of pavement surface characteristics.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

      Pennsylvania State University
      201 Transportation Research Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

      Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
      3500 Transportation Research Plaza
      Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
    • Principal Investigators:

      Flintsch, Gerardo

    • Start Date: 20120901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20131231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33629

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01472291
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC03
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2013 1:00AM