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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-13-0015
Project Name:   Flooded Pavement Assessment Methods
Project Status:   Programmed
Start Date:  October 1, 2013
End Date:  February 1, 2017
Contact Information
Last Name:  Sherwood
First Name:  James A
Telephone:  202-493-3150
E-mail:  jim.sherwood@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Infrastructure Analysis and Construction Team [HRDI-20]
Program:   Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   This project will determine the optimum time to reopen pavements to traffic after floods, when emergency and repair vehicles can be allowed back on pavements, and the long-term effects of these vehicles on long-term pavement performance.
The objectives of this project are to determine the best time to open pavements after floods and to develop models for long-term effects of floods on pavement performance and life.
Product Type:   Draft standard, specifications, or guidelines
Research report
Test Methodology:   Perform literature review; develop work plan; experimental design; collect data (saturation times/drying times/materials tests); selection of models for moisture and strength; pavement performance evaluations for short- and long-term distress; validation of evaluations with data from previous floods; small-scale laboratory tests; nondestructive field tests; develop decision trees in spreadsheets; pilot tests of decision trees with local agencies; prepare final guidelines and report.
Partners:   Federal Highway Administration: Resource Center; Role(s): Other stakeholder, Technical, Advisory
Expected Benefits:   Longer life of pavements.
Deliverables: Name: Flooded pavement assessment.
Product Type(s): Research report, Techbrief, Software, Draft standard, specifications, or guidelines
Description: Decision tree in spreadsheet format.Guidelines for short and long term assessment of flooded pavements.Final Report.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Soils
Service Life
FHWA Disciplines:   Pavement and Materials
Subject Areas:   Pavements


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