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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-16-053     Date:  October 2016
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-16-053
Date: October 2016

 

Application and Validation of Remaining Service Interval Framework for Pavements

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FOREWORD

The pavement remaining service interval (RSI) terminology was formulated to remove the confusion caused by the multitude of meanings assigned to the various forms of pavement remaining service life (RSL) terminology. The RSI concept considers the complete maintenance and rehabilitation activity of the pavement system and does not simply consider the end of life as promulgated by the RSL philosophy. This report answers the following questions: should the time until a condition exceeds a threshold, or the optimum time to apply a rehabilitation treatment is reached, be used as the basis for rehabilitation RSI? When the condition of a pavement drops to a level that is lower than the reconstruction threshold, should a negative RSI be reported? This report provides more evidence of merit to move the pavement community away from a worst first approach and toward a more optimal mixture of pavement preservation and rehabilitation treatments based on proper consideration of lifecycle cost concepts. The project- and network-level analyses presented in this report represent an important milestone in the evolution of pavement and asset management systems. This report is intended for use by pavement management engineers and pavement investment decisionmakers across the United States.

Mayela Sosa
Acting Director, Office of Infrastructure
Research and Development

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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.

FHWA-HRT-16-053

2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Application and Validation of Remaining Service Interval Framework for Pavements

5. Report Date

October 2016

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Gonzalo R. Rada, Beth A. Visintine, James Bryce, Senthil Thyagarajan, and Gary E. Elkins

8. Performing Organization Report No.

 

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
12000 Indian Creek Court, Suite F
Beltsville, MD 20705

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-13-C-00016

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Asset Management
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Draft Final Report
September 2013–March 2016

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

 

15. Supplementary Notes

The Contracting Officer’s Representative was Nadarajah Sivaneswaran, HRDI-20.

16. Abstract

The pavement remaining service interval (RSI) terminology was developed to remove confusion caused by the multitude of meanings assigned to the various forms of pavement remaining service life (RSL). The RSI concept considers the complete maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) activity of the pavement system and does not simply consider the end of life as promulgated by the RSL philosophy. The goal of this project was to demonstrate and further develop the application of the pavement RSI concept using real data from two State pavement management systems and the Highway Performance Monitoring System 2010+ dataset. Project-level analysis addressed gaps in the network- and strategic-level analyses. The results from the validation efforts support the conclusion that the RSI represents a valid approach to determining and communicating future M&R needs of a pavement instead of defining pavement life using a single number as in RSL. Those results also show that RSL is essentially not related to the time until the next pavement treatment in an optimal strategy.

17. Key Words

Pavement remaining service life, pavement remaining service interval, PMS, HPMS 2010+, Pavement Health Track analysis tool, LTPP, optimization, LLCC

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Alexandria, Virginia 22312
http://www.ntis.gov

19. Security Classification
(of this report)

Unclassified

20. Security Classification
(of this page)

Unclassified

21. No. of Pages

115

22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2. RSI ALGORITHM AND AGENCY SELECTION

CHAPTER 3. APPLICATION AND VALIDATION OF RSI FRAMEWORK AT PROJECT, NETWORK, AND STRATEGIC LEVELS

CHAPTER 4. APPLICATION AND VALIDATION OF RSI FRAMEWORK AT THE PROJECT LEVEL

CHAPTER 5. RSI VALIDATION—MDSHA

CHAPTER 6. SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

REFERENCES

 

LIST OF FIGURES

LIST OF TABLES

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

AADT average annual daily traffic  
AASHTO American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials  
AC asphalt concrete  
ANOVA analysis of variance  
BCR benefit-cost ratio  
CCI Critical Condition Index  
CDOT Colorado Department of Transportation  
CPM capital preventative maintenance  
DL drivability life  
EUAC equivalent uniform annual cost  
FCI Functional Cracking Index  
FHWA Federal Highway Administration  
FWD falling weight deflectometer  
HERS Highway Economics Requirements System  
HMA hot-mix asphalt  
HPMA Highway Pavement Management Application  
HPMS Highway Performance Monitoring System  
IRI International Roughness Index  
JULEA Jacob Uzan Layered Elastic Analysis  
LCC lifecycle cost  
LCCA lifecycle cost analysis  
LDR load-related distress rating  
LLCC lowest lifecycle cost  
LOS level of service  
LTPP Long-Term Pavement Performance  
M&R maintenance and rehabilitation  
MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation  
MDSHA Maryland State Highway Administration  
MEPDG Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide  
MnDOT Minnesota Department of Transportation  
NAPCOM national pavement cost model  
NCDOT North Carolina Department of Transportation  
NDR non-load-related distress rating  
NHS National Highway System  
NPV net present value  
PCC portland cement concrete  
PHT Pavement Health Track  
PMS pavement management system  
PPC pavement profile condition  
PRC pavement rutting condition  
PSC pavement structural condition  
R&R rehabilitation and reconstruction  
RQFS Road Quality Forecasting System  
RQI Ride Quality Index  
RSI remaining service interval  
RSL remaining service life  
SCI Structural Cracking Index  
TSDD traffic speed deflection device  
VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation  
VMT vehicle-miles traveled  
WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation  

 

 

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