This paper explores the relationship of pavement distress to pavement performance. Four areas are studied: Relationship of pavement distress to performance; pavement condition surveys; pavement profiles, and pavement maintenance. Research conducted toward relating distress to performance should first consist of the determination of the various distress manifestations, their magnitudes, and their effect on serviceability and methods of correcting them. This can be done primarily by condition surveys, profile strudies, and maintenance studies. A detailed inspection condition survey was conducted to provide information on distress for further use in establishing the distress performance relationship. The surface dynamics profilometer was used to correct serviceability index values for the pavement sections on which condition surveys were performed. A questionnaire on criteria used to select highways for maintenance was distributed and the results showed that the selection of pavements for maintenance is an art which improves with experience. It is recommended that a study be made of the history of pavements, including history of design, materials, dimensions and types of surfaces, for comparison with the distress present on these pavements as an aid for relating distress manisfestations and distress mechanisms. The detailed information collected from each of the four areas of study can be combined into a distress-performance relationship that will enable the ultimate goal-the prediction of the performance of pavements-to be reached.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 24-26
  • Monograph Title: Pavement design, evaluation and performance
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  • Accession Number: 00155997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309220710
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1977 12:00AM