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Implementation Assistance Application for Precast Concrete Pavement (R05)

Background

The rapid repair and rehabilitation of roadways with high traffic volumes is a critical need faced by all highway agencies. This need has been the catalyst for the development of long-lasting precast concrete pavement (PCP) systems as alternatives to cast-in-place procedures.

PCP is a ready-to-use technology, and its effective implementation can reduce construction-related congestion, improve work zone safety, and provide long-lasting pavement performance. The SHRP2 Project R05 report on PCP technologies documents successful case studies, and provides guidance in the form of best practices for project selection, PCP system approval, precast panel design and fabrication, and pavement construction.

The R05 report summarizes domestic and international PCP information and experience; documents the performance of 15 PCP projects in the United States; facilitates the adoption of design and construction procedures; and assembles the overall guidance needed by highway agencies to implement PCP technology.

Achieving long-life performance for pavement repair/rehabilitation while reducing the overall duration of lane closures on heavily trafficked roadways is an attractive goal for all highway agencies. In addition to the 15 projects evaluated in the R05 report, a number of additional PCP projects have been planned and/or constructed in the United States including five Lead Adopter projects that were awarded under Round 3 of the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program. The uses of PCP in Round 3 projects included: a PCP inlay for rehabilitation of an existing pavement on Interstate H-1 in Oahu, Hawaii; PCP panels for replacement of bridge approaches on the Illinois Tollway; replacement of intersections at entrances to Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas; replacement of an intersection carrying high levels of truck traffic in the energy sector south of San Antonio, Texas; and rehabilitation of sections of jointed pavement on the Beltline Highway around Madison, Wisconsin.

Applicants under Round 6 are encouraged to consider not only the use of PCP for rapid renewal of asphalt and concrete pavements, but also the development and delivery of an agency-wide program to familiarize project planners and engineers who are responsible for rapid renewal with PCP technology and how it can best be used to meet their needs. PCP typically is used where high volumes of traffic restrict work zones to off-peak times, such as nighttime periods and where long-life pavement performance is desired. The uses of PCP can include, but are not limited to, reconstruction of bridge underpasses where prestressed concrete can provide needed load-carrying capacity with a reduced pavement thickness; replacement of intersections where rutting and shoving of existing asphalt requires frequent maintenance activity; and reconstruction of ramps and/or mainline sections on heavily trafficked roadways. A key consideration in the agency-wide program should be the selection of best uses for PCP that have the potential for multiple future uses throughout the State, and by extension for multiple uses by planners and engineers in other States. More information concerning PCP technologies can be found in the SHRP2 R05 Research Report.

If you have questions about this product or the application process, please email the FHWA or AASHTO contact listed to the left of this page.

Leadership Endorsement

Each application submitted from an organization or agency must have the endorsement of the Chief Executive Officer or designee. The letter of endorsement is submitted as an attachment to the application. Guidance for creating an endorsement letter appears in the application below.

Priority Ranking

When an organization or agency submits multiple applications, it must designate priority. Please rank each application in a single grouping, including all product submissions from your agency. Do not separate your organization's applications into categories for individual products, or levels of incentives (i.e., Lead Adopter or User Incentive).

For example, if your agency submits six applications; one application for each product (C01, R11, R01B, R05, R15B, and R21), your agency must rank each application in priority order from 1 to 6, with 1 as the highest priority and 6 as the lowest priority. For your convenience, you will find a box later in this application to designate the priority ranking. FHWA and AASHTO will take into consideration the agency’s rankings when reviewing and evaluating the applications for implementation assistance. Your priority ranking should be expressed as "X of Y," as in "1 of 6."

Available Implementation Assistance

For User Incentive

  • User Incentive
  • Up to 5
  • Up to $75,000 per award
  • Applications will be accepted from State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), State Tollway and Thruway authorities, local and tribal agencies. Local and toll agencies must work with their State DOTs to submit the application.
  • June 26, 2015

For Lead Adopter

  • Lead Adopter
  • Up to 4
  • Up to $300,000 per award
  • Applications will be accepted from State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), State Tollway and Thruway authorities, local and tribal agencies. Local and toll agencies must work with their State DOTs to submit the application.
  • June 26, 2015

Requirements

User Incentive:

  1. Commitment to develop and deliver an agency-wide program to make PCP technology available for use by project planners and engineers for rapid renewal of existing asphalt and concrete pavements.
  2. Ability to obligate assistance funding in a timely manner.
  3. Willingness to utilize R05 guidance and model specifications (modified as needed to suit the agency format).
  4. Willingness to participate in regional or national knowledge-sharing events to promote R05 technology.
  5. Participation in product evaluation activities, including a qualitative, organizational, before/after assessment conducted by an independent consultant for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  6. Technology transfer assistance from FHWA will be available in the form of presentations, workshops, planning sessions, and peer-to-peer guidance for each phase of the agency-wide program.

Lead Adopter:

  1. Commitment to develop and deliver a project utilizing PCP for rapid renewal of either an existing asphalt pavement or an existing concrete pavement.
  2. Ability to obligate assistance funding in a timely manner.
  3. Willingness to utilize R05 guidance and model specifications (modified as needed to suit the agency format).
  4. Willingness to participate in regional or national knowledge-sharing events to promote R05 technology.
  5. Participation in product evaluation activities, including a qualitative, organizational, before/after assessment conducted by an independent consultant for FHWA.

Application Form

Follow these steps to apply for implementation assistance:

  1. Review all background information located on this product's application page.
  2. Download the form you wish to submit with this application (separate applications must be submitted for each type of assistance):
  3. Please submit separate applications if applying for assistance for multiple awards.
  4. Iterate, revise, and secure approvals before uploading the final application and Leadership Endorsement Letter to this site.
  5. Once you have completed this form and secured the required Leadership Endorsement Letter(s), return to the application page and complete the contact information fields.
  6. Upload the application materials and the Leadership Endorsement Letter(s) to the page. If you are including multiple application materials, please either add them to the Microsoft Word application form or compress (zip) all documents into a single folder before attaching them. Non-DOT applicants submitting two letters of endorsement—one each from the agency CEO and the CEO of the State DOT—should combine the documents into a single PDF or compressed (zipped) folder before attaching them to this section. Here are instructions for compressing files into a single folder.
  7. Click submit; you will receive an email confirmation that includes the uploaded endorsement letter and application form.

  • View Leadership Endorsement Guidance


  • Contact Information

Be sure to click submit only one time.

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