InTrans / Dec 17, 2018

CP Tech concludes successful Technologies Transfer project

Managing pavement assets with limited financial resources is a challenge for state highway agencies (SHAs) and public owners of transportation infrastructure all over the US. Implementation of the best available technology and practices is one route to better pavement management, and a five-year program conducted by the National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center offered a variety of options to encourage such implementation.

The project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide educational products and technical support to state agencies. The goal was to bring the latest in concrete pavement innovations, knowledge, and technologies to state highway agencies (SHAs) in support of the federal Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program goals. The AID-PT program is intended to document, demonstrate, and deploy innovative pavement technologies, including their applications, performance, and benefits.

The project ended in December 2018 and the CP Tech Center has just issued two summary documents outlining the results of their efforts to help SHAs manage their concrete pavement resources more effectively. CP Tech Center director Peter Taylor noted, “The work of this national cooperative agreement has, and will have, a lasting national impact, thanks to the resources and technical expertise offered by our team members on this project.”

Technology Transfer of Concrete Pavement Technologies, the summary report, describes the national program to promote better concrete performance in these areas:

  • Sustainability aspects of concrete pavements and materials
  • Preservation and maintenance techniques for concrete pavements
  • Long-life concrete pavements
  • Innovative concrete materials
  • New technologies and advancements in concrete pavement placement

Written by Peter Taylor, Dale Harrington, and Tom Cackler, the final summary details the extensive outreach to associations, industry, academia, and SHAs throughout the project. The 146-page report is available here.

For a briefer account of the project workings, check out the 12-page Summary of Accomplishments in Support of Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (2013-2018). This illustrated “snapshot” provides a quick, yet comprehensive look at the wide variety of efforts undertaken to transfer the latest concrete pavement technologies to agencies, practitioners, and researchers. The National CP Tech Center provided presentations in the five project focus areas to roughly 4,500 attendees/participants in locations across the country during each year of the program. To view this abbreviated account that describes the program’s many achievements, click here.