Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 50-09. Performance Based Pavement Warranty Specifications

There is currently no national standard for the implementation of pavement warranty projects. Some state departments of transportation (DOTs) have developed their own warranty specifications. These specifications vary in terms of warranty type, warranty period, risk allocation items, performance evaluation method, etc. One type of warranty is based on performance-based criteria where acceptance and payment decisions are typically made at the end of pavement construction. The objective of this synthesis is to document the use and effectiveness of performance-based pavement warranties by DOTs. Information to be documented includes: (1) Approaches for identifying performance criteria and threshold values for use in warranty specifications; (2) Whether the performance criteria and values are stored in a pavement management system; (3) Methods for measuring pavement conditions relative to warranty performance criteria; (4) Approaches to warranty enforcement; and (5) DOT experience with performance-based pavement warranties (i.e., is the pavement better using performance-based warranties and does it cost more or less). Information will be gathered through literature review, survey of DOTs, and follow up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Knowledge gaps and suggestion for research to address those gaps will be identified.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 50-09

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Gause, Jo

  • Start Date: 20180723
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01669007
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 50-09
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 14 2018 3:04PM