This report presents initial research directed toward the goal of relating pavement distress to pavement performance. To explore the use of condition surveys in solving the problem, 26 condition surveys were conducted on two-tenths- mile-long pavement sections. Distress manifestations were recorded on data sheets and photographs were taken. To explore the use of pavement profile studies in solving the problem, the Surface Dynamics Profilometer was used to collect data on four of the pavement sections on which condition surveys had been conducted. The profilometer was also used to collect data for determining the serviceability index of the sections on which the condition surveys had been conducted. To explore the use of maintenance studies in helping to solve the problem of relating stress to performance, information about the Texas Highway Department maintenance procedures was obtained from a Texas Highway Department Maintenance Engineer. It is recommended that a research plan using the research presented here as a guide be designed for condition surveys, profile studies, and maintenance studies. It is thought that information gained from conducting research within these areas can be combined to develop a performance or failure function that will aid in the accomplishment of the ultimate goal--the prediction of the performance of pavements. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Work sponsored by Texas Highway Department and done in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation Research Study Title: "A System Analysis of Pavement Design and Research Implementation."
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Highway Research, 200 West 21st Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78712

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • SMITH, R P
    • McCullough, B F
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00082843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Res. Rpt. 123-19
  • Contract Numbers: 1-8-69-123
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM