The article describes how researchers are trying to develop safer and better roads by researching the development of pavements that are more durable and that resist icing. The research is being conducted by the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). In cooperation with transnportation officials in 50 states, SHRP selected 1,000 test sites across the nation where pavement deterioration will be studied. It is an intensive effort to develop better and incident-free pavement. To help reduce polishing, low-temperature cracking, moisture susceptibility and rutting, SHRP will develop new asphalt specifications; research will attempt to relate measurable characteristics of asphalt binder to its performance in a pavement structure. The improvement of skid resistance is also being studied. Commercial products that will accomplish this are discussed. The concept of automated highways which will include wires, coded chips or nails in the pavement are also discussed.

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  • Pagination: p. 23-26
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  • Accession Number: 00490297
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2000 12:00AM