Short-Term Crack Sealant Performance and Reducing Bumps and Transverse Cracking in New Hot Mix Asphalt Overlays over Crack Sealants

This interim report is intended to provide preliminary information regarding the performance of crack sealants produced by three manufacturers during a two-year period in service in three pavements in Colorado. In addition, preliminary conclusions have been developed regarding the propensity of three of these sealants to contribute to bumps in new overlay hot mix asphalt. Results of performance evaluations made, to date, indicate that the crack sealants failed at a surprising rate after only one winter. However, subsequent performance surveys after twelve months and twenty-one months indicate a tendency for the sealants to heal. Routing the cracks prior to filling appears to provide the best performance when the filler is overbanded, and filling the cracks to within ¼ inch of the surface instead of flush with the surface or overbanding produced the poorest performance. Bumps accompanied by transverse cracking occurred over the crack sealants when a new hot mix overlay was placed after the crack sealants had been in service two years. The bumps and transverse cracks were exacerbated by utilizing steel rollers with vibration on breakdown of the hot mix asphalt overlay. The number of passes of the vibrating steel rollers further exacerbated the presence of the bumps and cracks. The same rollers used in static mode reduced the effect, and pneumatic rollers used for breakdown eliminated it. The ambient temperature and temperature of the substrate pavement during construction appears to have had little effect, as the same bumps and cracking occurred during vibratory breakdown after a small rain shower moistened the substrate pavement surface prior to the overlay hot mix asphalt placement. Concerning implementation, the use of vibratory steel rollers during breakdown compaction of hot mix asphalt overlays on asphalt pavements containing crack sealants appears to exacerbate the presence of bumps and transverse cracks in the new asphalt directly over and in front of the cracks. These bumps and cracking may be mitigated by the use of pneumatic rollers on breakdown.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Interim Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01152879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CDOT-2009-9
  • Contract Numbers: 12.69
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2010 1:27PM