Critical reviews of the available literature and some original analyses dealing with the safety effects of road resurfacing projects were conducted and are summarized in this paper. It is essential that the pavement surface retain its shape and structural integrity under its design loads and traffic if effective, safe, and economic highway transportation is to result. Considering the importance and expense of road resurfacing in maintaining high levels of service on the U.S. highway system, there have been few studies that directly address the issue of how accident frequency and severity change following resurfacing. These few studies indicate a response pattern that needs to be strengthened with additional studies using state-of-the-art experimental and analytic methodologies. In the meantime, there is substantial safety information available on two aspects of pavement condition directly linked to resurfacing: pavement roughness and skid resistance. This analysis is concerned with resurfacing entire road sections rather than short lengths usually installed for improved skid resistance at curves or intersections.

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    • Cleveland, D E
  • Publication Date: 1987

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 78-95
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  • Accession Number: 00490520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-309-04502-9
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1990 12:00AM