Longitudinal Joint Repair Best Practices

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is tasked with maintaining 49,078 lane miles. As part of this maintenance, ODOT is responsible for repairing longitudinal joints. In recent years, longitudinal joints have been experiencing premature failure at an increasing rate. ODOT has improved the construction of these joints through revisions to existing specifications; however, a significant amount of pavement remains throughout the state that was constructed using previously approved specifications. Three techniques are utilized by ODOT County Garages to repair these prematurely failing longitudinal joints on asphalt pavements. These methods include crack sealing, spray injection, and slot paving. While these repair methods appear to be working, it is estimated that their implementation is averaging 10% of the original pavement construction cost, carry considerable maintenance-of-traffic (MOT) requirements, and can place a significant burden on county work forces. In order to ensure the most appropriate repair is being performed at the optimum time to produce the greatest return-on-investment possible, research is needed. The goal of this research is to optimize ODOT's decision process when choosing the best repair tool for longitudinal joints. The objective of this study is to provide ODOT with an empirically supported methodology to determine the "best" repair for the investment.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Pavement Technology, Incorporated

    115 W. Main Street
    Suite 400
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Principal Investigators:

    Duncan, Gregory

  • Start Date: 20161020
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170720
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01613122
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 27917, 102136, 135315
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 12 2016 1:31PM