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Development and Implementation of a Performance-Related Specification for SR 9a, Florida: Final Report

November 2008

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of Florida SR 9A Construction Project
  3. Development of the Performance-Related Specification
  4. Implementation of the Performance-Related Specification
  5. Evaluation of the Performance-Related Specification
  6. Summary and Recommendations


Appendix A. PAVESPEC Inputs

Appendix B. Technical Special Provisions for Performance-Related Specifications for Rigid Pavement

List of Figures

List of Tables


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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Development and Implementation of a Performance-Related Specification for SR 9a, Florida: Final Report

5. Report Date

November 2008

6. Performing Organization Code

ARA Project 10467

7. Author(s)

L. Evans, K. L. Smith, N. G. Gharaibeh, and M. I. Darter

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Applied Research Associates, Inc.
100 Trade Centre Drive, Suite 200
Champaign, IL 61820

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency's Name and Address

Florida Dept. of Transportation
State Materials Office
5007 NE 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Pavement Technology
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency's Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Contacts: Peter Kopac, 202-493-3151, and Sam Tyson, 202-366-1326

16. Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a Level 1 performance-related specification (PRS) for the construction of a jointed plain concrete pavement in the State of Florida. The study included an evaluation of the construction quality levels achieved on recent Florida JPCP projects and the formulation of a Level 1 PRS using the results of the quality evaluation and defined FDOT pavement practices as a basis. The Level 1 PRS defined the sampling and testing requirements for three acceptance quality characteristics (AQCs): thickness, strength, and smoothness. The corresponding performance-based pay factor curves were developed for each AQC. The Level 1 PRS was included as an overriding special provision in the July 2001 letting of the paving project SR 9A (I-295 Leg) in southeast Jacksonville, Florida. Construction of the PRS project took place in 2004-05. Three lanes and tied shoulders were placed in both directions.

AQC measurements obtained from the project were used to compute PRS pay factors and establish pay adjustments for the contractor. The higher-than-target (i.e., higher-than-design) quality levels achieved by the contractor resulted in significant pay increases for the contractor under the PRS. Feedback from FDOT and the contractor indicated that this first PRS implementation in Florida was successful, particularly with respect to the layouts of lots and sublots and quality achieved. Several suggestions were received to improve and streamline the PRS process.

17. Key Words

Performance-related specification (PRS), acceptance quality characteristic (AQC), rejectable quality level (RQL), maximum quality level (MQL), lot, sublot, concrete strength, thickness, smoothness

18. Distribution Statement

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Authorized for public release.

19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages


22. Price

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