Designing Pavements to Support the Heavy Loads in the Energy Development Areas

Designing economical long life pavements to handle the intense traffic loads in the energy development areas presents many challenges to pavement designers. Not least of which is that the existing pavements are relative thin and made with substandard materials. The intense loading and the need to keep the roadway operational at all-times are issues that require new materials and design approaches. Recent failures in South Texas indicate that current design approaches do not work. Failures have recently been encountered with hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlays, and both cement and emulsion stabilization has run into problems with the need for early trafficking of the recently rehabilitated pavements. The major objectives of this project are as follow: (1) Determine traffic conditions (in terms of actual axle load level) for pavement designs in the emery) development areas; (2) Assist local Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) Districts in surveying pavement conditions of impacted areas using the state of the art nondestructive test equipment; (3) Develop materials options for handling the earl} trafficking requirement which is critical in most recent projects; (4) Recommend improved pavement designs that are structurally, adequate for overloaded vehicles; and (5) Work with TXDOT Districts that are currently being severely impacted which include Laredo, San Antonio, Corpus, Odessa, San Angelo, Brian and Yoakum to design, construct, and monitor test sections with new materials and design approaches.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $638,559
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhou, Fujie

  • Start Date: 20150101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568874
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6839
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM