Based on the present methods of determining the permeability of bituminous concrete surface and base courses, the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) considers that its bituminous mixes provide courses that are reasonably impermeable. As outlined in Part I of this paper, four types of subsurface drainage systems are used by MSHA: extended granular subgrades or subbases, continuous longitudinal pipe underdrain, subgrade drains, and conventional pipe underdrain. The drainage components that comprise MSHA drainage systems are influenced by material availability and the economics associated in the material selection. Although the material components appear in line, the means whereby the surface water can get to the drainage medium is still questionable, as is the location and geometrics of the system. Problems with any subsurface waters have generally been minimized by MSHA design practices. The primary concern is with surface runoff on open section facilities getting to the drainage medium. MSHA is hoping that problem conditions can be minimized by concentrating on material specifications and geometrics to limit the entrance of water, and by emphasizing material quality control to effect the desired rapid drainage through the system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at a 1973 workshop on Water in Pavements sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, held in Albany, New York.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

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


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 194-199

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792253
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 4 2000 12:00AM