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Publication Number:  FHWA-RD-89-211    Date:  May 1990
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-89-211
Date: May 1990


Development of Performance-Related Specifications for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Construction

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This report presents the results of a study to further the development of performance-related specifications for portland cement concrete pavement construction. Laboratory testing was conducted to investigate the relationships between materials variables and primary predictors of pavement distresses. A demonstration performance-related specifications system was developed, allowing users to determine the appropriate percentage of bid price that a contractor should receive for concrete of a given quality. Recommendations pertaining to future laboratory studies, field studies, and further development of performance-related  specification systems are also summarized.

This work was conducted as part of Nationally Coordinated Program E8, "Construction .Control and Management," and is intended for engineers concerned with quality assurance, specifications, and construction of concrete pavements.

Sufficient copies of this report are being distributed by Federal Highway Administration memorandum to provide a minimum of two copies to each regional office, division office, and State highway agency. Direct distribution is being made to the division offices. Additional copies for the public may be obtained from the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22161.

Thomas J. Pasko, Jr., P.E.
Director, Office of Engineering
and Highway Operations
Research and Development


This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The United States Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers Trade or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the object of the document.


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