Design, Construction, and Preliminary Investigations of Otta Seal in Iowa

Faced with limited financial resources, pavement engineers constantly seek more durable and economical technologies for road preservations and rehabilitations. Consequently, there have been many efforts to study resurfacing strategies, including various types of sealing for local roads. Among different sealing methodologies, Otta seal is a technique that has not yet been sufficiently studied in the U.S.A. For this investigation, the first Otta seal site in the state of Iowa was constructed using a double-layer Otta seal design over 6.4?km of cracked asphalt pavement. Otta seal design and construction details are documented and discussed, and test sections using various aggregates are compared for performance. The key lesson learned was that proper aggregate selection within gradation limits and aggregate spread rates were critical factors for Otta seal performance. Otta seal capability for holding loose aggregate particles and for dust control were examined, and there were indications that excessive proportion of fine aggregate particles could lead to diminished performance associated with fugitive dust emissions and unbound aggregate particles. Although the Otta seal provided a smooth surface satisfying road user and agency requirements, it did not significantly add structural capacity to the existing asphalt pavement. The findings from this study will benefit road officials and other decision makers who need to consider alternatives for resurfacing distressed low-volume asphalt roads.

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    • The Standing Committee on Low-Volume Roads (AFB30) peer-reviewed this paper (19-06208). © National Academy of Sciences: Transportation Research Board 2019.
  • Authors:
    • Gushgari, Sharif Y
    • Zhang, Yang
    • Nahvi, Ali
    • Ceylan, Halil
    • Kim, Sunghwan
    • Arabzadeh, Ali
    • Jahren, Charles T
    • Øverby, Charles
  • Publication Date: 2019-12


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  • Accession Number: 01707982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2019 3:05PM