Developing mechanical means for economically setting steel reinforcing in a continuously reinforced concrete (CRC) pavement was one objective of a study Illinois started in 1960. While constructing six experimental pavements between 1963 and 1966, one bar assembly machine and several reinforcement depressors were developed; however, slipform pavers that feed the longitudinal bars through a series of tubes, eliminating the use of transverse bars, have replaced the use of side forms, and now is the most common way of placing CRC pavement in Illinois. Experience indicates that CRC pavement must be built more carefully than conventional jointed pavements; otherwise insufficient lap and gaps in reinforcement as well as unconsolidated concrete around the reinforcing steel, particularly at joints, will cause early failures. To repair a CRC pavement successfully, patches should be at least 10 feet long by one lane wide, 18 inches from transverse cracks, and 10 feet from construction joints; reinforcing steel exposed for lapping should not be bent above the pavement surface; new steel should be supported on chairs at the same level as the existing steel and should be securely tied; and damaged steel within the lap area, when less than 10 percent, may be repaired by welding; otherwise, welding is not permitted. repaired by welding; otherwise, welding is not permitted.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conducted in cooperation with DOT, Federal Highway Adminsitration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
    126 East Ash Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
  • Authors:
    • Dhamrait, J S
    • Jacobsen, F K
    • Dierstein, P G
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 61 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-IL-PR-55 Intrm Rpt., FCP 45E2-062
  • Contract Numbers: IHR-36
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM