This paper compares the practices of the Northeastern states--Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey--with regard to drainage. Problems in the Northeast have been primarily paving problems on fills. A brief summary of eight drainage items in the Northeast is presented: compaction of the filter material is required in practically all cases; perforations are placed both up and down; underdrains are located anywhere from the edge of the pavement, to beyond the edge of the shoulder; it is difficult to identify whether the primary purpose of a typical section is to control groundwater or act as an underdrain for the pavement section; it is, perhaps, expected that a drain is supposed to serve both functions and that the two separate problems are not recognized to exist; it appears that virtually every state is sealing-off the underdrain with their first layer of subbase; only one state has a program of maintaining underdrain systems by flushing them on a routine bases; and it is seldom that rational design is used in the design of a drainage system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at two 1973 workshops on Water in Pavements sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, held in Albany, New York, and Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

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


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 165-174

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792250
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 3 2000 12:00AM