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Thin Concrete Overlay Exceeds its Design Life

When county officials decided to place a 1.25 mile concrete overlay in Manitowoc County, WI, it was with the understanding the pavement would last about 10 years.  The pavement, at 19 years, is still in service, which is remarkable considering it’s only 4 in. thick through most of the section.

Kevin McMullen and Jackie Spoor of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, along with Jerry Voigt of ACPA National, had an opportunity to inspect the pavement recently.

Kevin attributes the overlay’s longevity to several factors. “It has good grade, the shoulders are in good condition and there’s no heaves or sign of collapsing, and there are really no changes in the overlay,” he says. “It just keeps taking loads as it’s intended to do.”

Kevin credits the County Commissioner at the time, Gary Kennedy, for his efforts in providing accurate traffic counts, including truck traffic, and for supporting the decision to use concrete.

The two-lane concrete overlay was placed on County Trunk Highway “R” (Rapids Road) from Menasha Ave. to Waldo Blvd. The fiber-reinforced concrete overlay was placed over an existing asphalt overlay, which had been placed on the original concrete highway.

Vinton Construction Company constructed the project, and Kevin credits communication between the contractor and the county as an important factor in the success of the pavement. The pavement runs through a residential area that also has a few restaurants and a Vinton plant at one end of the section.

One lane was closed to traffic for construction, leaving one lane open to traffic at all times. One lane of traffic was kept open at all times, and the paved sections were re-opened to traffic within 24 hours.

The contractor completed the paving in three days—two days in one direction and one day in the other direction to pave the 14-ft sections (11 ft.-wide lanes and 3 ft. shoulders). The project was the recipient of a “Gold” award in the 2002 ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards,” and has endured with little to no maintenance.

Even so, the pavement is ready to be rehabilitated. “The pavement is fatigued,” Kevin says, adding that he is working with the current County Commissioner Marc Holsen, who has been collecting pavement cores and soil borings, and covering the basics necessary to ensure the next pavement solution is a durable one.

“We’re working through details on designs and other recommendations,” Kevin says. While it’s too early to tell what the final solution will be, the aim is to provide a pavement solution that may exceed its design life.

Pavement Preservation Webinars Begin

The webinar team has added a fourth webinar to the concrete pavement preservation series.

Here’s a preview of upcoming webinars:

  • June 9th–Concrete Pavement Preservation II: Concrete pavement evaluation and strategy selection with case studies. Presenters: Steve Tritsch (CP Tech Center) and John Donahue (MO DOT).
  • June 16th–Concrete Pavement Preservation III: Concrete pavement preservation treatment construction with in field examples, including case studies. Presenters: John Roberts (IGGA) and Randy Everett (AZ DOT).
  • (New) June 23rd–Concrete Pavement Preservation IV: Concrete Pavement Management and Preservation performance and resources. Presenter: Dr. Mike Darter, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (and Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois).

The first webinar in this series was held yesterday and drew about 655 participants. Larry Scofield and Angela Folkestad presented on concrete pavement management and preservation. The webinar covered concrete pavement management and preservation including actual examples and case studies.

The pavement preservation series follows the successful 5-part series on concrete overlays and two-part series on ADA guidelines in design & construction.  In all, the eight webinars (11 sessions plus video replays) presented thus far have reached more than 5,500 agencies/owners, consultants, and industry officials.

After the June 23 session, we will shift to a summer schedule that will be once per month until November. More details will be provided soon.

The webinars are the result of the collaborative efforts of ACPA, the CP Tech Center, IGGA, and the ACPA chapter network.

Click here to register for the pavement preservation webinars.

Summer Webinars Continue

The summer webinar series continues next week with the first of three sessions on pavement preservation. This series follows the successful 5-part series on concrete overlays and ADA guidelines in design & construction. As reported previously, the webinars have reached a record number of agencies/owners, consultants and industry officials.  In all, the seven webinars presented thus far have reached more than 3,500 professionals. Here’s a preview of upcoming webinars:
  • June 2nd–Concrete Pavement Preservation I: Concrete pavement management and preservation including actual examples and case studies.
  • June 9th–Concrete Pavement Preservation II: Concrete pavement evaluation and strategy selection with case studies.
  • June 16th–Concrete Pavement Preservation III: Concrete pavement preservation treatment construction with in field examples, including case studies.
Click here to register for the pavement preservation webinars. The webinars are the result of the collaborative efforts of ACPA, the CP Tech Center, IGGA, and the ACPA chapter network.

Webinar Eclipses Previous Record

The fifth webinar in the five-part concrete overlay series yesterday again drew a record number of participants. Breaking last week’s record, this and the other four webinars in the series saw a total of more than 3,500 participants.

Building on the momentum, the CPTech Center, with support from ACPA national staff, chapters, and allies, has expanded the webinar series again. As reported in ACPA TODAY last week, the webinar program is expanding with webinars covering ADA considerations in project design and construction. Yesterday, another series was added, a two-part series covering pavement preservation and featuring presentations by John Roberts and other experts.

Here’s a snapshot of events in the line-up:

  • May 12, Noon (Central)Planning and Design ADA Guidelines for DOT, and Municipalities (Understanding PROWAG 2011) by Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.
  • May 19, Noon (Central)How are States Implementing PROWAG: An In-depth look at Wisconsin and Missouri’s Approaches to ADA Compliance by Jackie Spoor of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.
  • May 26, Noon (Central)Concrete Pavement Preservation I–Understanding the role of preventative maintenance and pavement evaluation when developing a preservation treatment plan by John Roberts and other subject matter experts.
  • June 2, Noon (Central)Concrete Pavement Preservation II–Preservation treatment options and strategy selection methods for increased pavement life and customer satisfaction by John Roberts and other subject matter experts.

Click here for registration information all upcoming  webinars.

Webinar Activity Soars Again

Participation in the concrete overlay program broke another record this week, topping more than 2,500 on Tuesday.

Leveraging the success of the overlay series, the program is expanding with webinars on ADA considerations in project design and construction.

The fourth webinar in the current series, “Concrete Overlay Plans, Maintenance of Traffic & Construction,” had a final registration count of 764 professionals from the public and private sectors. The five-part concrete overlay program concludes next Tuesday with “Concrete Overlay Maintenance and Available Resources.”

The webinar program is the result of teamwork among the CP Tech Center, the Chapter network of promoters, and ACPA staff, as well as cross-promotion by other national association partners. 

The webinar program continues with a two-part series covering ADA considerations in construction of pavements and other facilities. The program will include:

  • May 12, Noon (Central)– ADA Guidelines for DOT and Municipal Project Planning & Design (Understanding PROWAG) by Jesse Jonas, Director of Engineering for the Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA. 
  • May 19, Noon (Central) – How States are Implementing PROWAG for ADA Compliance in Project Design and Construction (with examples) by Jackie Spoor, Pavement Engineer, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.

Click here for a program flyer and here for registration information for the ADA webinars. ACPA has fine-tuned the registration process, making it faster and easier, says Scott Mueller. He and Chrissy Mysko have been working with chapters and the CP Tech Center to drive registration directly to customers.

The revised system now generates a confirmation email immediately after registration. Scott has also been working with Chapters to increase survey responses with the aim of further developing topics and improving the educational experience for participants.

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Photo: Video capture shows Jesse Jonas demonstrating the importance of ADA considerations in the design and construction of pavements and other facilities.

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