Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) Design Implementation & Monitoring for Rigid Pavements

The objective of this project is to first provide Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with technical research support in adjusting, implementing, and monitoring activities associated with their rigid pavement design methods specifically jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP), continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP), ultra-thin whitetopping (UTW), and composite pavements (hot mix asphalt/portland cement concrete [HMA/PCC] and hot mix asphalt/roller compacted concrete [HMA/RCC]). The second major objective is to develop mixture design and constituent guidelines for RCC in order to achieve the same long-term performance as JPCP. Finally, this project will provide research and technical services to IDOT on rigid pavement design, analysis, construction, and material issues as needed.