This paper outlines current state-of-the-practice for pavement design in North Carolina. Normal pavement design for rigid pavement is an 8-in. (20-cm) continuously reinforced concrete pavement with a one-directional cross-slope toward the outside. A continuous drain is used along the low side of the pavement that contains perforated pipe. The material surrounding the perforated pipe is subdrain fine aggregate--concrete sand. Flexible pavement installations are used only in sag vertical curves. The drainage installation may be located on one or both sides of the pavement, depending on whether there is a crown cross-section or one-directional cross-slope. In the case of a paved shoulder, the drain is moved out to the edge of the paved shoulder. Underdrain systems for the purpose of intercepting subsurface drainage are used rather extensively in wet areas to drain subsurface water. Interceptor drains have been very effective in intercepting water that comes down from the cut before it reaches the roadway section.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at a workshop on water in pavements conducted in 1973 by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research, Development, Engineering and Highway Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Pace, L F
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  • Publication Date: 1973


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 87-93

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  • Accession Number: 00790771
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2000 12:00AM