Study Identifies Best Pavement Practices in Wet-Freeze Climates : Research Spotlight

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Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


In 2015, Michigan Public Act 175 established the Roads Innovation Task Force. It directed MDOT to determine how the agency could improve the effective life span of state highways, with a goal of 50- to 75-year pavement longevity and reduced costs. MDOT also was directed to conduct a comprehensive examination of pavement best practices and innovations in domestic and foreign regions, specifically identifying new practices that MDOT might employ. This research project is the result of that effort. It revealed that MDOT is a leader in long-term pavement practices among national and international agencies in wet-freeze regions. Several practices were recommended for evaluation.

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