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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-052
Date: September 2005

Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology - The Concrete Pavement Road Map: Volume I, Background and Summary

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The concrete paving industry has experienced many changes in the last 15 years. To achieve concrete pavement's full potential in the 21st century, the industry has identified trends that call for dramatic, even revolutionary, improvements. With an aim toward a holistic approach, the improvements can best be served by a carefully developed and aggressively implemented strategic plan for research and technology transfer. The Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology (CP Road Map) is that plan.

This is volume 1 of two volumes. It provides the background and summary information on the effort that led to the CP Road Map. Sufficient copies of this report are being distributed to provide eight copies to each FHWA Resource Center, five copies to each FHWA Division, and a minimum of eight copies to each State highway agency. Direct distribution is being made to the division offices for their forwarding to the State highway agencies. Additional copies for the public are available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

Steven B. Chase, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Office of Infrastructure
Research and Development


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4. Title and Subtitle

Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology-The Concrete Pavement Road Map: Volume I, Background and Summary

5. Report Date

September 2005

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Theodore R. Ferragut, TDC Partners, Ltd.; Dale Harrington and Marcia Brink, Iowa State University

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Iowa State University
Center for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Technology
ISU Research Park
2901 S. Loop Drive, Suite 3000
Ames, IA 50010

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH 61-03-H-00103

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

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15. Supplementary Notes

Contracting Officer's Technical Representative: Peter Kopac, HRDI-11

16. Abstract

The Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology (CP Road Map) is a holistic, strategic plan for concrete pavement research and technology transfer. The CP Road Map is a 7- to 10-year plan that includes 12 distinct but integrated research tracks leading to specific products and processes. The resulting improvements will help the concrete pavement industry meet the challenges of, and achieve the industry's full potential in, the 21st century. The plan was developed in close partnership with stakeholders representing all aspects of the concrete pavement community, public and private, and the research will be conducted through partnerships of stakeholders. The CP Road Map is presented in two volumes. Volume I describes why the research plan is needed, how it was developed, and, generally, what the plan includes. Volume I also describes the research management plan that will guide the conduct and implementation of research. Volume II (FWHA HRT-05-053) describes in detail the 12 tracks of research. Each track description includes a general overview, a track goal, track action items, a list of subtracks, and detailed problem statements within each subtrack.

17. Key Words

Concrete pavement, concrete mix design, pavement construction, pavement design, pavement performance, pavement smoothness, equipment automation.

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the Public through the National Technical Information Service; Springfield, VA 22161

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22. Price
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