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Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement Design, Performance & Sustainability

Some cracks in pavement surfaces can extend the service life of a road.

Continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) assets contribute to sustainability throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance phases of a project. Professor Moon Won from Texas Tech University explains why.

Moon Won, PhD, PE

Professor of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering Texas Tech University

  • Served for 14+ years at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Former manager of the Concrete Materials & Rigid Pavement Branch of TxDOT’s Construction Division
  • Focuses on concrete pavement designs, materials, construction & rehabilitation

Some of the Questions Asked

Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement

  • What is continuously reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP)?
  • What are the advantages of CRCP over other pavement types?
  • What are the most common design methods?

Cracking & Performance of CRCP

  • What is the typical crack spacing for CRCP?
  • How does the cracking affect long-term performance of the road?
  • How does CRCP affect ride quality in terms of surface smoothness and noise reduction?

"The design life of continuously reinforced concrete pavements in Texas is 30 years, but the actual service life of most of the CRCP projects is much longer than the design life. CRCP is truly a perpetual pavement."

Moon Won, PhD, PE
Professor, Texas Tech University

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