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Laboratory Testing and Modeling for Structural Performance of Fully Permeable Pavements: Final Report


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Jones, David, John T. Harvey, Hui Li, Ting Wang, Rongzong Wu, Mary M. Campbell (2010) Laboratory Testing and Modeling for Structural Performance of Fully Permeable Pavements: Final Report. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-10-46

This report presents a summary of the results of laboratory testing, computer performance modeling, and life-cycle cost analysis of fully permeable pavements. The use of these types of pavement is being considered as a potential best management practice for managing storm water on California highways. The deliverables from this research are a preliminary design procedure and an examples et of catalogue-type design tables that can be used to design pilot and experimental fully permeable pavement test sections in California. The results obtained from the analyses in this study indicate that fully permeable pavements could be a cost-effective storm water best management practice alternative as a shoulder retrofit on highways, and for maintenance yards, parking lots, and other areas with slow moving truck traffic. However, these results need to be validated in controlled experimental test sections and pilot studies before wider-scale implementation is considered. It is recommended that accelerated pavement tests and pilot studies on in-service roadways be designed, using the procedure discussed in this report, and then constructed and monitored under traffic. The findings from these full-scale experiments should be used to identify situations where fully permeable pavements are an appropriate best management practice, validate and refine the design method, undertake detailed life-cycle cost and environmental life-cycle assessments, and to prepare guideline documentation for the design and construction of fully permeable pavements.

Keywords: concrete, asphalt, fully, permeable pavement, performance test, compaction

UC Pavement Research Center document number UCPRC-RR-2010-01

CALTRANS document number CTSW-RT-10-294.04