MACADAM BASE SHOULDERS
This research project seeks to explore the use of modified macadam base construction for shoulders. Two macadam base shoulder designs were developed and constructed for this project. A new roadway embankment and P.C.C. pavement were constructed on a section of US 6 east of Adel in Dallas County, Iowa. The macadam base shoulders were constructed adjacent to the pavement as part of the project. The north shoulder was finished with a choke stone course and bituminous surface treatment and the south shoulder was finished with a two inch layer of Type B Class II asphalt concrete. Macadam stone base shoulders can be built with relatively minor construction problems with comparable strength and less cost than asphalt treated base shoulders. The macadam stone base shoulders have performed well with very little maintenance necessary. The improved drainage substantially reduces deterioration of the pavement joints.
- Record URL:
- Final Report for Research Project HR-181.
Iowa Department of Transportation800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA United States 50010
- Ortgies, B H
- Marks, V J
- Publication Date: 1981-9
- Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
- Pagination: 39 p.
- TRT Terms: Asphalt concrete; Base course (Pavements); Bituminous materials; Chokes; Cost effectiveness; Deterioration; Drainage; Macadam; Pavement joints; Pavement maintenance; Pavement performance; Road shoulders; Stone; Strength of materials; Surface treating
- Uncontrolled Terms: Base
- Old TRIS Terms: Bituminous surface treatments
- Subject Areas: Design; Geotechnology; Highways; Hydraulics and Hydrology; Pavements; I22: Design of Pavements, Railways and Guideways;
- Accession Number: 00727050
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Oct 8 1996 12:00AM