FHWA Research and Technology Evaluation: Precast Concrete Pavement

Project Details
STATE

VA

SOURCE

NTL

END DATE

10/01/18

RESEARCHERS

Bucci, Greg; Keen, Matthew; Coppinger, Kaitlin; Condon, Joe

SPONSORS

FHWA

KEYWORDS

Precast concrete pavement (PCP)

Project description

This evaluation assesses the outcomes of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) investment in precast concrete pavement (PCP). The evaluation team determined the benefits and costs of individual PCP projects and, where possible, extrapolated findings from the data based on overall themes. Additionally, the evaluation team determined the outcomes and impacts of FHWA research, demonstrations, workshops, and related activities and developed recommendations to facilitate the continued adoption of the technology. FHWA’s efforts were found to be largely successful and contributory to the development and adoption of PCP. FHWA has overseen initial research and prototypes and has helped the use of PCP technology become routine in some States. PCP is an effective and efficient way to conduct roadway maintenance, repairs, and reconstruction. Benefits significantly exceed costs in high-volume areas or unique roadway sections that would lead to significant detours if closed for long periods of time. PCP also allows for innovative maintenance practices and cost savings, such as the reuse of concrete panels for temporary repairs.
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