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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-011
Date: March 2013

Building a Better Concrete Pavement

Workshop Offers Practical Guide to Quality

Achieve better, longer lasting concrete pavements through an effective quality assurance (QA) process.

A free 2–day workshop for State transportation agencies and contractors offered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), “Quality in the Concrete Paving Process” provides a practical overview of the steps that lead to high performing, more durable pavements.

“The workshop features real–world examples and emphasizes that everyone involved in a project must understand how their role affects the overall quality of the pavement,” said Gary Crawford of FHWA.

FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Laboratory (MCL) will visit the host State to collect data on a current concrete paving project (if one is available) prior to a scheduled workshop. Data collected will be incorporated into the workshop so that the principles covered can be illustrated with local examples. The MCL’s visit also provides an opportunity to demonstrate innovative concrete pavement technologies to State and contractor staff.

Topics covered in the workshop include quality assurance concepts, materials, prepaving and mixture production, paving, construction inspection, and project acceptance. Workshops can host up to 30 participants. Attendees will receive a participant manual, Field Quality Guide, Testing Guide, and a flash drive containing all workshop materials and other reference manuals, including the American Concrete Pavement Association Concrete Pavement Field Reference Series.

For more information or to schedule the workshop in your State, contact Gary Crawford at FHWA, 202–366–1286 (email: gary.crawford@dot.gov), or Jim Grove at FHWA, 515–294–5988 (email: jim.grove@dot.gov).

A view of the outside of FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Laboratory, which is housed in a tractor-trailer truck.
A view of the interior of FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Laboratory. The lab is lined on each side with stainless steel counters holding pavement testing equipment. Underneath the counters are cabinets and drawers. On the right-hand wall in the background is a red fire extinguisher. Two lab personnel are also visible in the background.
FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Laboratory will visit States hosting the “Quality in the Concrete Paving Process” workshop to collect data on a current paving project.

A highway built with concrete pavement in a mountainous area. A truck and cars are seen in the background about to round a curve in the roadway. To the right above the highway is a rocky slope.
The “Quality in the Concrete Paving Process” workshop offers a practical overview of how to build high performing, more durable pavements.

Updated: 03/08/2013

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