Evaluating Performance of Asphalt Pavement Based on Data Collect during IRP

In 1999, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department began an ambitious program to rehabilitate over 300 miles of Interstate in 5 years. As part of this rehabilitation program, approximately 270 miles of deteriorated concrete pavement was rubblized and overlayed. Many of these pavements constructed during this program are exhibiting a severe level of cracking. Most of these severely cracked asphalt pavements are located west of Conway on Interstate 40; while the rubblized pavements east of Little Rock on I-40 and I-30, which were constructed at virtually the same time, exhibit much less cracking. There have been several theories regarding the wide range of performance of these pavements. The most common theories include poor construction techniques, poor bonding to previous lifts, overheating of the asphalt, and poor binder quality. An evaluation of material properties, construction techniques, and other factors is needed to determine why some projects performed much better than others.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • There has been a signed subcontract with Arkansas State University.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $262773.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Greenwood, Mark

  • Performing Organizations:

    Arkansas State University, State University

    Department of Engineering, P.O. Drawer 1740
    State University, AR  United States  72467-1740

    University of Arkansas

    Department of Civil Engineering
    4190 Bell Engineering
    Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hossain, Zahid

    Braham, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37426

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01542980
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Arkansas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: TRC1404
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2014 1:41AM