The article notes the Strategic Highway Research Program's asphalt research effort which is developing performance based tests for asphalt aggregate mixtures, as well as research in concrete, structures, and highway operations, and points out that innovative procurement techniques will be needed if the full benefits of this research is to be realized. It is pointed that design choices should be based primarily on the performance of the end product, and based less on the monitoring of a myriad of inputs. The change to a performance based system will require development of a workable new balance of responsibilites under which contractors will assume repsonsibility for many of the component decisions now dictated by public agencies. It will require state agencies to develop techniques for gauging the performance of constructed facilites, and require contractors to understand the performance implications of design and material choices. A call is made for research to develop performance specifications, and experimentation with novel contracting practices.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

    5100 Forbes Boulevard
    Lanham, Maryland  United States  20706
  • Authors:
    • Kulash, D J
  • Publication Date: 1991

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  • Accession Number: 00618957
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1992 12:00AM