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TechBrief: Strategies for Improving the Sustainability of 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: Sustainability

Description: This Tech Brief summarizes guidance to the pavement community on sustainability considerations for concrete pavement systems, as presented in greater detail in the recently published Towards Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document (FHWA 2015). Sustainability considerations throughout the entire pavement life cycle are examined (from material extraction and processing through the design, construction, use, maintenance/rehabilitation, and end-of-life phases) and the importance of recognizing context sensitivity and assessing trade-offs in developing sustainable solutions is emphasized.

This Tech Brief focuses exclusively on sustainability considerations associated with concrete-surfaced pavement structures and the materials used in their construction. For the purposes of this document, all permanent surfaces constructed with hydraulic cement concrete are generically referred to as 'concrete' pavements.

The primary audience for this document is practitioners doing work within and for government transportation agencies, and it is intended for designers, maintenance, material and construction engineers, inspectors, and planners who are responsible for the design, construction and preservation of the nation's highway network.

FHWA Publication Number: FHWA-HIF-16-013

Publication Year: 2016

Document Links: PDF (file size: 3 mb)



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