Louisiana Transportation Research Center
Best practices; Concrete pavements; Durability; Flexural strength; Road construction; State departments of transportation; Traffic loads
The objective of this research project is to study the practices and requirements for early-opening-to-traffic concrete used by other state department of transportation (DOTÛªs). This research will look to improve opening times, cost of concrete, and road conditions while keeping in mind the dependability and durability of the concrete. Current specifications are based on strength alone and may not be a true representation of the material used. Other factors or methods could be used in determining opening requirements such as traffic loads and conditions, concrete flexural strength, and the use of maturity for opening.