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AASHTO TIG Promoting the use of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems AASHTO - Standing Committee on Highways Hartford, CT October 17, 2008 Timothy J. LaCoss.

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1 AASHTO TIG Promoting the use of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems AASHTO - Standing Committee on Highways Hartford, CT October 17, 2008 Timothy J. LaCoss

2 Our Genesis 5 PCPS Systems identified in the market, each with very different attributes, precast designs, and varied construction approaches. 5 PCPS Systems identified in the market, each with very different attributes, precast designs, and varied construction approaches. No clear definition of types of precast concrete pavement systems, nor any clear linkages to appropriate treatment selection for repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction of rigid pavements using PCPS. No clear definition of types of precast concrete pavement systems, nor any clear linkages to appropriate treatment selection for repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction of rigid pavements using PCPS. Very little activity in professional organizations nationally on PCPS [i.e., PCI, ACI, NPCA, ACPA, ASCE]. Very little activity in professional organizations nationally on PCPS [i.e., PCI, ACI, NPCA, ACPA, ASCE]. Rudimentary guidance available on PCPS, primarily vendor specific. Rudimentary guidance available on PCPS, primarily vendor specific.

3 Primary Drivers for PCPS Increased congestion in our urban interstates and arterials with higher VMT forecast in the near future. Increased congestion in our urban interstates and arterials with higher VMT forecast in the near future. Declining condition of our rigid pavement infrastructure (PCC accounts for approximately 35% of all pavement treatment types). Declining condition of our rigid pavement infrastructure (PCC accounts for approximately 35% of all pavement treatment types). Clear need to use Accelerated Construction Methods to minimize work zone lane occupancy. [5 hr work window in NY City Metro area] Clear need to use Accelerated Construction Methods to minimize work zone lane occupancy. [5 hr work window in NY City Metro area] Provide an alternative pavement treatment that will last 30 to 40 years. Provide an alternative pavement treatment that will last 30 to 40 years.

4 AASHTO TIG Lead States Team

5 Our Mission To promote the use of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems for the Repair, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of PCC Pavements to transportation agencies and owners nationwide. To promote the use of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems for the Repair, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of PCC Pavements to transportation agencies and owners nationwide.

6 PCPS Basics Fabricated off-site Transported to the project site Installed on a prepared sub-base foundation No field curing or time to achieve strength Two main classifications of PCPS – –Jointed Systems – –Prestressed Systems

7 PCPS General Terminology Slab length Load transfer mechanism with new or existing pavement Pretension in transverse direction option (PPCP) Structural capacity for handling PCC thickness, material properties Existing structure Post-tensioning option (PPCP) Friction reducing interlayer or filler material (N.T.S.) Grouting materials

8 Paving and Pavement Rehabilitation Applications Continuous Paving Continuous Paving Intermittent Full Depth Repairs of PCC Pavements Intermittent Full Depth Repairs of PCC Pavements Applications: airport runways & taxiways, heavily traveled highways, ramps, toll plazas, intersections, crosswalks, ports-docks, bus pads, smart-sensor embedment's, bridge approach slabs, pavement under bridges – vertical clearance Applications: airport runways & taxiways, heavily traveled highways, ramps, toll plazas, intersections, crosswalks, ports-docks, bus pads, smart-sensor embedment's, bridge approach slabs, pavement under bridges – vertical clearance

9 Benefits of PCPS Cast under ideal conditions Cast under ideal conditions Long life expectancy with low maintenance Long life expectancy with low maintenance Placement in a short time frame – congestion & safety Placement in a short time frame – congestion & safety Less Risk to owner/contractor Less Risk to owner/contractor Growing documentation of performance history Growing documentation of performance history Established industry, method and technology Established industry, method and technology Staged construction is possible Staged construction is possible Installation not affected by adverse weather conditions Installation not affected by adverse weather conditions Supported by FHWA, AASHTO, ACPA, NPCA, PCI Supported by FHWA, AASHTO, ACPA, NPCA, PCI Reduced Work Zone timeframe Reduced Work Zone timeframe Choice of surface Textures Choice of surface Textures Pre-approval of PCPS System is possible Pre-approval of PCPS System is possible Pre-existing specifications are available Pre-existing specifications are available Generic specifications are available Generic specifications are available Economically competitive with alternative PCC pavement treatments Economically competitive with alternative PCC pavement treatments

10 Snapshot of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems in the USA (2006) Precast Prestressed Concrete Pavement System Precast Prestressed Concrete Pavement System –Precast/Prestressed Concrete Paving System (non-proprietary)  Pre-stressed/Post-tensioned Panel system  FHWA Sponsored (CPTP program) Conventionally Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement Systems Conventionally Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement Systems –Uretek USA System (proprietary)  Precast Panels on HDP foam with ‘Stitch in Time’ load transfer device –Kwik Slab System (proprietary)  Slab on grade, full load transfer, grout bed –Ft. Miller – Super-slab System (proprietary)  Slab on grade with full load transfer, grout bed –Michigan - Precast Full Depth Replacement/DBR (non-proprietary)  Slab on flowable fill or HDP – dowels on top

11 Variety of PCPS Systems? Ft. Miller - SuperSlab™Prestressed Precast Concrete Pavement Kwik Slab™Uretek USA™FDR/DBR

12 AASHTO TIG SPECIFICATIONS & GUIDELINES FOR PCPS 1. Guidance and Considerations for the Design of Precast Concrete Pavement Systems 2. Generic Specification for Fabricating and Constructing Precast Concrete Pavement Systems 3. Generic Specification for Precast Concrete Pavement System Approval 4. Precast Concrete Pavement Systems for Rapid Pavement Repair and Replacement: Basic Information and Commentary Available at under the PCPS dropdown menuWWW.AASHTOTIG.ORG

13 What’s available on-line? Detailed information about each of these 5 leading Precast Paving Systems. Detailed information about each of these 5 leading Precast Paving Systems. Design Guideline Specifications Design Guideline Specifications Construction Guideline Specifications Construction Guideline Specifications Approval Guidelines for PCPS Approval Guidelines for PCPS Research Reports Research Reports Proven Agency Specifications Proven Agency Specifications

14 Highways for Life Agency Partnerships Federal Highway Administration Accelerating Innovation for the American Driving Experience

15 PCPS Projects in 2008 & 2009 NYSTA I-95 (CT-State line/Mamaroneck River to Cross Bronx Expressway) NYSTA I-95 (CT-State line/Mamaroneck River to Cross Bronx Expressway) NYSDOT – Nassau-Queens Expressway, Staten Island-West shore Expressway NYSDOT – Nassau-Queens Expressway, Staten Island-West shore Expressway NJDOT I-280 & Rt.21 (Newark) NJDOT I-280 & Rt.21 (Newark) Toronto, Canada (Downtown, Hwy 427) Toronto, Canada (Downtown, Hwy 427) Illinois State Toll Authority (I-290/I-294 & I-88 & I-355) Illinois State Toll Authority (I-290/I-294 & I-88 & I-355) Iowa DOT (precast bridge approaches) Iowa DOT (precast bridge approaches) DELDOT, intersection Rt.896 & Rt. 40 (Bear, DE) DELDOT, intersection Rt.896 & Rt. 40 (Bear, DE) Highways for Life Projects Highways for Life Projects –Virginia DOT I-66 Mainline & Interchange Ramp –Florida DOT (Daytona) - Intersections –CALTRANS I-15 - Mainline –NYSDOT I-88 Bridge Approach Slabs (Central NY) HfL/AASHTO TIG Sponsored Product Showcase Coming Soon !!!

16 AASHTO TIG SUCCESSES Developed a nationally recognized forum for PCPS Developed a nationally recognized forum for PCPS Succinctly identified various PCPS Systems, their attributes, their applications and their history. Succinctly identified various PCPS Systems, their attributes, their applications and their history. We have developed generic specifications and guidelines for PCPS, where none existed. We have developed generic specifications and guidelines for PCPS, where none existed. We have developed relationships with ACI, PCI, NPCA, ACPA, SHRP and other national organizations and programs to help promote the institutionalizing of PCPS pavement treatments. We have developed relationships with ACI, PCI, NPCA, ACPA, SHRP and other national organizations and programs to help promote the institutionalizing of PCPS pavement treatments. We have developed and implemented a Marketing Plan for PCPS to focus our outreach efforts and have partnered with FHWA’s Highways for Life Program to further the outreach efforts nationwide We have developed and implemented a Marketing Plan for PCPS to focus our outreach efforts and have partnered with FHWA’s Highways for Life Program to further the outreach efforts nationwide We have submitted an application for the FHWA/AASHTO 2010 International Scanning Tour on PCPS Applications. We have submitted an application for the FHWA/AASHTO 2010 International Scanning Tour on PCPS Applications.

17 Thank you for your support! Timothy J. LaCoss Pavement & Materials Engineer FHWA-NY Division (518) , ext.260 To find out more details about Precast Pavements look at


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