Understanding Asphalt Pavement Distress

Before an appropriate repair strategy can be applied to a distressed asphalt pavement, the type and extent of the deterioration must be understood, and the cause of the distress must be identified. This article discusses the 5 most common types of pavement distress (cracking, distortion, disintegration, skidding hazards, and surface treatment distress), as well as the most typical causes of pavement deterioration (traffic loading, environmental influences, drainage deficiencies, materials quality problems, and poor construction). Associated treatments for these distresses are covered in more detail in other Asphalt Institute publications.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 7-8, 10, 12
  • Serial:
    • Asphalt
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Asphalt Institute
    • ISSN: 0004-4954

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144453
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 5:08PM