The Use of Micro-Surfacing for Pavement Preservation

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is responsible for maintaining approximately 8300 miles of public highways. Maintenance of these highways consists of rehabilitation or reconstruction when the road has deteriorated to an unacceptable level. With economic fluctuations and ever increasing traffic levels, this policy does not effectively address the needs of the highway system when maintenance is necessary and creates a backlog of deficient highways. To reduce this trend, many states have adopted the policy of Pavement Preservation. This policy consists of applying preventative maintenance to the roadway before it has deteriorated to an undesirable level, which maintains structural integrity and extends service life of the pavement. Length of time between costly rehabilitation is increased, reducing the cost of maintaining the highway system. Several states have reported that they were able to improve the overall condition of their highway system after implementing this approach and that every dollar spent using preventative maintenance could save up to six dollars in future spending. Maine has two types of roads: “A” roads, which are built to state standards and “B” roads, which are not. Pavement Preventive Maintenance (PPM) can be used effectively on “A” roads to extend service life. Examples of PPM treatments include Crack Sealing, Hot Maintenance Mulch, Thin Overlays, and Micro- Surfacing. Crack Sealing prevents water and debris from entering cracks in the pavement by sealing them with a rubberized material. Hot Maintenance Mulch is a hot mix asphalt pavement with little or no crushed aggregate and is typically used on “B” roads. Thin Overlays are dense - open graded Superpave mixes, with or without recycled asphalt pavement incorporated into the mix, that are typically used on “A” roads. Micro-Surfacing is a thin layer of a mixture of polymer-modified asphalt emulsion, mineral aggregate, mineral filler, and water. This report will examine the application of Micro-Surfacing to extend the service life of two projects in Aroostook County.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 26p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Report 02-3
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2009 12:29PM