This report presents the findings of a research project entitled "Pavement Performance from Historical Data" sponsored by the North Dakota State Highway Department in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Historical performance data in terms of useful pavement life and surface condition were related to loading conditions, paving materials, and subgrade strength. The computer program "Statistical Analysis System" (SAS) was used to explore the relationships which existed within the data. Pavement performance was evaluated in either one of two ways. For roadways which had been overlaid, the performance characteristic was taken as the useful life of the roadway between construction and overlay. For roadways which had not been overlaid since construction, the pavement surface condition parameters of roghness, cracking, and a combined rating were used to evaluate pavement peformance. Some of the results of this research effort were as follows. The deterioration of pavements in North Dakota is more directly related to the age of the pavement than to the daily axle loadings or soil subgrade strength. This may be related to another finding that actual pavement life usually exceeded design life. An interesting outcome of the research which was not totally explainable was that pavements in the eastern Highway Department districts had considerably less cracking than those in the western part of the state. (FHWA)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conducted in cooperation with DOT, FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    North Dakota State University, Fargo

    Department of Civil Engineering and Construction
    1410 14th Avenue North
    Fargo, ND  United States  58105

    North Dakota State Highway Department

    State Highway Building, Capitol Grounds
    Bismarck, ND  United States  58505
  • Authors:
    • Andersen, D A
    • Jorgenson, J L
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 82 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-80-S01038 Final Rpt., FCP-45E1-031
  • Contract Numbers: (3)-79(B)
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM