This specification covers the tests methods and values for a concrete pavement mixture that considers, and includes, alternative performance characteristics for acceptance.
In Section 6 of this specification, State Department of Transportation traditions of using prescriptive methods are respected while also offering the option to use performance measures instead.
This specification is intended to provide DOTs flexibility in their approach to the use of performance characteristics and includes a range of choices that can be selected to best fit the needs of the agency.
Performance values included are for an average concrete pavement life in the range of 30 years. Due to normal materials and testing variability some risk in predicting actual service life exists. As service life prediction models and test methods mature, that risk is expected to be reduced.
The inclusion of performance measures increases the importance of Quality Control (QC), as the acceptance criteria are predicated on a well-designed and executed QC program that includes process, production, and construction control.