Data collection to support implementation of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide for county roads

Mena I. Souliman, Michael Mamlouk, Claudia Zapata, Carlos E. Cary

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Evaluation and calibration of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) has been attempted by various agencies throughout the United States. Agencies interested in adopting the MEPDG procedure must prepare a practical implementation plan that fits local conditions. The first step in the implementation plan is collection of design input data and establishment of a database for inputs. A 3-year study was conducted at Arizona State University to establish a database to support MEPDG implementation for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Department of Transportation. The implementation program included testing of asphalt binders, hot-mix asphalt dynamic modulus, and unbound-materials resilient modulus; development of climatic weather stations and training material; and collection of traffic data. The collected information can be used to calibrate the MEPDG distress models to county conditions and verify such models. The input parameters can serve as a framework for similar highway agencies and help ensure the successful implementation of the MEPDG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-77
Number of pages11
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number2225
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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