Protocols for Network-Level Macrotexture Measurement

Research has shown that wet weather crashes are influenced by the macrotexture of the pavement surface. Therefore, availability of such data in pavement management systems would help highway agencies assess the adequacy of pavement surface macrotexture and determine if corrective measures are required. Methods commonly used for measuring macrotexture are cumbersome, therefore, there is a need to enhance available procedures or develop new procedures to provide better characterization of pavement surface texture. The objective of this research was to develop recommended protocols for test methods, equipment specifications, and data quality assurance practices for network-level macrotexture measurement. This information is useful for highway agencies that need to collect reliable network-level macrotexture data for use in pavement management systems. Available for immediate use, NCHRP Research Report 964: Protocols for Network-Level Macrotexture Measurement provides suggested protocols for macrotexture test measures, equipment specifications, and data quality assurance practices.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-98

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Crichton-Sumners, Camille

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    208 Patton Hall
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    Flintsch, Gerardo

  • Start Date: 20160906
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200305
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200305
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40201

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572349
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-98
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM