A New Era for Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement from September 2013 Issue of FHWA’s FOCUS (FHWA-HRT-13-017)

“CRCP has the potential to provide a long-term, zero-maintenance service life under heavy traffic loadings and challenging environmental conditions, provided proper design and quality construction practices are utilized,” said Sam Tyson of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). CRCP differs from...

CRCP Design Using the AASHTO Pavement ME Design Program (FHWA-HIF-13-027)

With the completion of the mechanistic–empirical pavement design guide and the recent availability of the AASHTOWare® Pavement ME Design software, design of continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) has undergone significant changes. The primary purpose of this TechBrief, based on...

CRCP: Improved Transition Designs (FHWA-HIF-13-026)

A transition between a continuously reinforced concrete (CRC) pavement and any other type of pavement or structure needs to accommodate a gradual change in either the configuration or the structural capacity of the pavement cross section to maintain rideability,...

CRCP: Extending Service Life of Existing Pavements (FHWA-HIF-13-024)

The purpose of this guide is to provide information on best practices in rehabilitation strategies for extending the service life of continuously reinforced concrete pavements (CRCP). The procedures described consist of defining the problem, identifying potential solutions, and selecting...

CRCP Design Using the AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design Procedure (FHWA-HIF-13-025)

With the completion of the Mechanistic–Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) and the recent designation of the MEPDG software as AASHTOWare® Pavement ME Design, the standard for CRCP design has undergone significant changes from the 1993 AASHTO Pavement Design Guide....

CRCP Performance and Best Practices (FHWA-HIF-12-039)

Continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) is enjoying a renaissance across the United States and around the world. CRCP has the potential to provide a long-term, “zero-maintenance,” service life under heavy traffic loadings and challenging environmental conditions, provided proper design and quality construction practices...

Character, Extent, and Severity of Corrosion in Continuously Reinforced Pavements in South Dakota

A major drawback of continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) is the potential for the steel reinforcement to corrode. The corrosion process is initiated and accelerated when deicing chemicals, used extensively during winter maintenance, penetrate through the cracks and reach...

Long-Life Composite Pavement Systems

The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) R21 project on Composite Pavement Systems is under the Renewal area of SHRP 2, the goal of which is to develop a consistent, systematic approach to performing highway renewal that is rapid, causes minimum disruption,...

Long-Term Performance and Rehabilitation Strategy of Portland Cement Concrete Pavement on US-290 in Houston, Texas

The 27-mi (43.5 km) section of US-290 between Loop 610 and Badtke Road consists of portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement built at various times with different pavement structures (10-inch and 13-inch-thick (250 mm and 330 mm) slabs). There are two pavement types (continuously...

Efforts to Improve the Life of Concrete Pavements in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation has been active in improving the service life of concrete pavements in new construction and repairs. Several new technologies and practices have been successfully tried in the past decade. This paper addresses recent developments in design, materials, and construction...