Research Implementation of AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design in Louisiana

Since the release of the first research version of Mechanistic–Empirical Pavement Design Guide software, the State of Louisiana has conducted a series of studies in preparation for adopting the new AASHTO design guide. The objective of this study was to develop an implementation guideline for the full implementation of the AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design program (Pavement ME) in Louisiana. For this purpose, a Louisiana default input strategy that reflected state and local conditions and practices was first developed. Design reliability and performance criteria were established on the basis of a consensus survey and pavement management system (PMS) distress triggers. A total of 162 projects were selected from the existing Louisiana highway network, including flexible pavements with five types of base, rigid pavements with three types of base, and rehabilitation with asphalt overlays. Performance data were retrieved from the PMS database and validated through additional field performance surveys. Through comparison of the performance predicted by the Pavement ME with the measured performance recorded in the PMS database, distress models were evaluated and calibrated according to local Louisiana conditions. Subsequently, a Louisiana Pavement ME Design Guideline that contains all necessary design input information and calibration coefficients was developed. Finally, the practical and economic benefits of the full implementation of the Pavement ME for Louisiana pavement design were demonstrated by a direct comparison with the current 1993 AASHTO design method through a group of thickness design examples and life-cycle cost analyses.


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  • Accession Number: 01594530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309441285
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 16-3130
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2016 10:15AM