Phase I of M-E PDG Program Implementation in Florida

National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 1-37A delivered the "Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide" (M-E PDG) and its companion software (Version 0.7) in 2004. The M-E PDG represents a major change in the way pavement design is performed. The design method considers site conditions (e.g., traffic, climate, subgrade, existing pavement condition for rehabilitation) and construction conditions in proposing a trial design for new pavement construction or rehabilitation. The trial design is then evaluated for adequacy through the prediction of key pavement performance indicators and comparisons of these predictions with performance criteria set by the engineer. Since its initial release, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has embarked on efforts to implement a pavement design method based on the M-E PDG program. The initial stage of this implementation project focused on establishing and testing in-service pavement sections across Florida to develop a database for calibrating the existing M-E PDG pavement performance models. Additionally, a conceptual framework was established for developing an M-E PDG-based pavement design method that is tailored to current FDOT practice. This report documents the efforts conducted in the first phase of the implementation project.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research Project Title: Implementation Support for AASHTO 2002 Pavement Design Guide in Florida. Report Date: March 2007; Published: July 2007.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Florida Department of Transportation

    605 Suwannee Street
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450
  • Authors:
    • Fernando, Emmanuel G
    • Oh, Jeongho
    • Ryu, Duchwan
  • Publication Date: 2007-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 186p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01055143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: D04491/PR15281-1
  • Contract Numbers: Order No. D04491; Requisition No. PR15281
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2007 1:36PM