Calibration and validation of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) for state department of transportation (DOT) networks requires detailed information for a variety of pavement inputs. The biggest database resource that most states possess is their pavement management system (PMS). It is understandable for any DOT to maximize the use of this resource to the greatest extent possible. However, before any state uses PMS data in MEPDG calibration, it is important that a careful comparison be made of the equality of the measurements, data, and so forth in the PMS database with national Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) values. The purpose of this paper is to review possible differences between several key data found in a state PMS database and the LTPP database. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) PMS data are used for this purpose. The specific variables examined in this paper deal with distress type (rutting, cracking, and roughness) and nondestructive deflection testing (NDT) backcalculated moduli to predict in situ pavement layer properties. It was concluded that significant differences did exist between the ADOT PMS values and LTPP measurements. Differences were found between ADOT's NDT measurements and LTPP data in rut measurements, asphalt cracking, international roughness index, and all layer backcalculated moduli. Consequently, ADOT may incur significant expense to calibrate the MEPDG to Arizona conditions. The paper discusses several possible reasons for differences between the PMS data of a specific agency and those in the LTPP database.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering