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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-09-0046
Project Name:   Verification, Refinement, and Applicability of Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Classification Scheme
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  September 30, 2009
End Date:  December 31, 2012
Contact Information
Last Name:  Walker
First Name:  Deborah M
Telephone:  202-493-3068
E-mail:  deborah.walker@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Long-Term Pavement Performance Team [HRDI-30]
Program:   Long-Term Pavement Performance
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Expert Task Group (ETG) on Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Traffic Data Collection and Analysis (or Traffic Expert Task Group (Traffic ETG)) identified the inconsistencies in the classification data as problematic. Therefore, under the LTPP Specific Pavement Study (SPS) Traffic Data Collection Pooled Fund Study, TPF-5(004), the Traffic ETG developed a prototype classification scheme to be used in an effort to bring uniformity to the SPS traffic data collection. It was developed based on the experience of three States. The appropriateness of the application of the LTPP Classification Scheme needs to be done while the SPS data collection is still underway. This is very important research because binned class data cannot be reprocessed into different results. Implementing this national class scheme forms a basis for better data sharing among States. A better understanding of the classification scheme variability will allow pavement designers to account for this in their use of the data. Improved vehicle classification will result in better roadway designs as many States are using classification data in lieu of weight data at many locations. The Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) depends upon accurate vehicle classification data. Studies that use traffic data will be impacted by these findings. Software is available at no charge from LTPP Customer Support Service Center (phone: 202–493–3035; email: LTPPinfo@dot.gov).
The primary objective of this project is to develop an improved Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Classification Scheme that can be implemented nationwide, regardless of the type of weigh-in-motion system installed at a location to collect weight and classification data.
Background Information:   Pavement analyses depend upon accurate and consistent load data derived from traffic data. To meet this need, the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program requested that all States submit data according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 13-category vehicle classification scheme. The practical reality, however, is that the FHWA 13-category vehicle classification scheme is a visual description and the algorithms used to satisfy these criteria vary considerably from State-to-State and vendor-to-vendor.
Product Type:   Data
Research report
Test Methodology:   Work is needed to verify the applicability of the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Classification Scheme to the wide variety of traffic data collection locations and diversity of vehicles encountered across the Nation.
Other Information:   LTPP Analysis Plan | Objective 1 | Outcome A | Project 4 | Priority Critical | Sequence 1
Partners:   Federal Highway Administration: Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs - Office of Highway Policy Information; Role(s): Advisory, Technical
Expected Benefits:   The expected benefit is an improved Long-Term Pavement Performance Classification Scheme.
Deliverables: Name: Improved Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Classification Scheme
Product Type(s): Research report, Software, Data, Techbrief
Description: This project will use the data from the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Specific Pavement Study (SPS) Traffic Data Collection Pooled Fund Study to verify and improve the existing scheme that is currently being used at the pooled fund study locations.
Publication URL(s):
Related URL(s):   http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/tfhrc/programs/infrastructure/pavements/ltpp/getdata.cfm
FHWA Topics:   Roads and Bridges--Design
TRT Terms:   Weigh in Motion
Pavement Performance
Data Sharing
FHWA Disciplines:   Design
Pavement and Materials
Subject Areas:   Data and Information Technology
Planning and Forecasting


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