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Mid-America Transportation Center

Extending Pavement Life Using Thin Surfacing to Counter the Effect of Increased Truck Traffic Due to Freight Movements on Highways

Final Report
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Kansas State University

Transportation Systems Engineering


  • Principal Investigator: Mustaque Hossain ( (785) 532-1576)
  • Graduate Students
  • Vamshi Vemula
  • Vikranth Subhash
  • Project Status
  • Start Date: 3/10/2008
  • End Date: 6/30/2010
  • Sponsors & Partners
  • Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Kansas State University Department of Civil Engineering
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    The thin surfacing has been touted as one of the most cost-effective measures that can extend the life of pavements. Thin surfacing like the ultra-thin bonded bituminous surface (Nova chip) and modified slurry seal (micro-surfacing) are being increasingly used by some states. . However, the life extended by these treatments is not precisely known and thus, it can not be used in value engineering. Thus a study is needed how these thin surfacing can extend the life of pavements with high truck traffic.
    Research Objective
    The research objective would be to identify the existing pavement condition and truck traffic volume at which a certain thin surfacing treatment would be effective in lengthening pavement life.
    Potential Benefits
    The project is expected to produce recommendations regarding use of thin surfacing for high truck traffic routes. The most potential type of thin surfacing for a given existing pavement condition and truck traffic volume will also be identified.
    Total Project Cost
    $ 46,508
    Modal Orientation
  • Concrete and Pavements
  • Freight