Summary Report on the Performance of Open Graded Friction Course Quieter Pavements: I-5 Lynnwood, SR-520 Medina, I-405 Bellevue

This document summarizes the acoustic properties and pavement performance of three asphalt quieter pavement projects. Each of the projects included open graded friction course pavement built with sections of crumb rubber and polymer modified asphalt binders. Performance was compared to control sections of hot mix asphalt (HMA) Class 1/2 inch. The open graded friction course sections were audibly quieter than the control sections between one and fourteen months after construction. The rutting/wear on the open graded friction course sections was higher than the control sections. On two of the projects the rutting/wear exceeded the depth of the overlay and reached a level that would require early replacement of the pavement. The increases in noise and rutting/wear occurred primarily during the time periods when studded tires are legal in the state and are believed to be the primary cause of these increases. Based on the results of the research, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has concluded that open graded friction course pavements are not a viable option as a noise mitigation strategy for the State of Washington.

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    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Materials Laboratory, P.O. Box 47365
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504-7365

    Washington State Department of Transportation

    Office of Research and Library Services
    Olympia, WA  United States  98504-7372

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, Keith W
    • Uhlmeyer, Jeff S
    • Sexton, Tim
    • Russell, Mark
    • Weston, Jim
  • Publication Date: 2013-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Summary Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 37p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495388
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: WA-RD 817.1
  • Created Date: Oct 10 2013 10:07AM