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Highway Pavement Distress Identification Manual (reprint 1986)

General Interest: provides practical guidance to engineers responsible for the day-to-day design, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and management of pavements. Research/Reference: useful for researchers doing further work in the pavement area as well as those developing improved testing and design procedures. Includes documents of historical value.

Primary Topic: Pavement Evaluation

Description: This manual provides standardized identification of distress types associated with four types of conventional highway pavements. These include: joint plain concrete, jointed reinforced concrete, continuously reinforced concrete, asphalt surfaced with granular or stabilized base and asphalt overlays over Portland cement concrete. Each distress type is described along with its primary mechanism, level of severity are defined, measurement criteria provided; and typical photographs of each type and severity are provided.

FHWA Publication Number: DOT-FH-11-9175

Publication Year: 1979

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