Detailed Evaluation of Select CIR Projects in Alberta

Alberta Transportation has completed rehabilitation of a number of highway sections using Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) and Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) over the years. In order to better understand the mechanism responsible for the formation of transverse cracks (specifically to see if transverse cracks are reflecting from the underlying pavement) and the susceptibility of the recycled material to moisture induced damage, Alberta Transportation retained Tetra Tech to undertake pavement inspections and analysis of selected projects rehabilitated using CIR and FDR. A total of five highway segments rehabilitated with CIR and one highway segment rehabilitated with FDR were included in the study. The study included a review of background information, visual crack mapping, pavement inspection using Ground Penetrating Radar, asphalt pavement coring, determination of moisture content in the CIR portion of the cores, and visual assessment of the cores to identify the progression and type of cracks. The key objectives were to investigate the performance of the pavements rehabilitated with CIR in terms of transverse crack formation and moisture susceptibility. This paper discusses the completed evaluation and findings from the study and further expands on Alberta Transportation’s experience with CIR, as presented at the 2016 CTAA Conference.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp. 145-166.
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Sixth-Second Annual Conference of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA): Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668505
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: May 3 2018 3:18PM