Portland Cement Stabilized Full Depth Reclamation of the Pt. Michaud Beach Road

Portland Cement stabilized Full Depth Reclamation (PC-FDR) presents an attractive repair option for pavements suffering from subgrade and base failures as well as asphalt concrete deterioration. PC-FDR involves stabilizing a pulverized layer of asphalt concrete and granular base using small amounts (typically 4-6%) of Portland cement to provide a strong and frost-resistant base layer for supporting a new wearing surface, while minimizing the potential for reflective shrinkage cracking. The Point Michaud Beach Road was selected as a candidate for evaluating the first PC-FDR in Nova Scotia. The asphalt concrete road exhibited extensive cracking and distortions that were indicative of base and subgrade failures while supporting very light traffic volumes. Comparative testing before and after repair using Ground Penetrating Radar and a Falling Weight Deflectometer indicated a substantial increase in the predicted service life of the pavement. Prior to repair, twenty-two percent of the section was predicted to exhibit asphalt concrete fatigue failure in less than three years compared to less than three percent exhibiting fatigue failure in the stabilized material after twenty years of service, with no subgrade rutting or asphalt concrete fatigue failures. The combination of a full depth repair technique and the expected increase in durability will tend to reduce overall maintenance requirements and costs compared to conventional repair methods, counteracting the increased difficulty of managing infrastructure maintenance due to reduced budgets and escalating costs.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 22 p.
  • Monograph Title: 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada - Transportation in a Climate of Change

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  • Accession Number: 01149481
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2010 7:29AM