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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-18-063    Date:  October 2018
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-18-063
Date: October 2018


FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Precast Concrete Pavement

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The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Research and Technology Program furthers the FHWA Office of Research, Development, and Technology’s (RD&T’s) goal of ensuring transparency, accessibility, and responsiveness of RD&T for all stakeholders.

This report examines how the benefits and costs associated with precast concrete pavement (PCP) as well as FHWA’s investment in PCP technology and deployments have affected the development and expanded use of the practice over the last 10 to 15 years.

This report should be of interest to engineers, practitioners, researchers, and decisionmakers involved with the research, design, performance, and deployment of concrete pavement technology.

Hari Kalla, P.E.
Associate Administrator,
Office of Research, Development,
and Technology


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4. Title and Subtitle

FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Precast Concrete Pavement

5. Report Date

October 2018

6. Performing Organization Code

OST-R V-321

7. Author(s)

Greg Bucci, Matthew Keen (ORCID: 0000-0002-3032-9435), Kaitlin Coppinger, and Joe Condon

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
55 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142-1001

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Corporate Research, Technology, and Innovation Management
Federal Highway Administration
6300 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report; June 2015–July 2018

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15. Supplementary Notes

John Moulden (HRTM-10) is the Research and Technology Program Manager and Contracting Officer’s Representative for this report.

16. Abstract

This evaluation assesses the outcomes of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) investment in precast concrete pavement (PCP). The evaluation team determined the benefits and costs of individual PCP projects and, where possible, extrapolated findings from the data based on overall themes. Additionally, the evaluation team determined the outcomes and impacts of FHWA research, demonstrations, workshops, and related activities and developed recommendations to facilitate the continued adoption of the technology. FHWA’s efforts were found to be largely successful and contributory to the development and adoption of PCP. FHWA has overseen initial research and prototypes and has helped the use of PCP technology become routine in some States. PCP is an effective and efficient way to conduct roadway maintenance, repairs, and reconstruction. Benefits significantly exceed costs in high-volume areas or unique roadway sections that would lead to significant detours if closed for long periods of time. PCP also allows for innovative maintenance practices and cost savings, such as the reuse of concrete panels for temporary repairs.

17. Key Words

Precast Concrete, PCP, SHRP2, R05

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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