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TechBrief: Early-Entry Sawing of Portland Cement Concrete Pavements

General Interest: provides practical guidance to engineers responsible for the day-to-day design, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and management of pavements.

Primary Topic: Pavement Construction

Description: This TechBrief discusses the creation of contraction joints in portland cement concrete pavements using early-entry saws. It explains the need for joints, provides an overview of traditional joint sawing practices, and describes the early-entry joint sawing approach and associated equipment. A brief summary of studies on the use of early-entry sawing is provided, along with general guidelines for employing early-entry sawcutting technology.

FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-IF-07-031

Publication Year: 2007

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