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Performance of a Portland Cement Concrete Pavement with Carpet Drag Finish


This report documents the construction of a section of Portland cement concrete pavement on I-5 in the vicinity of Federal Way, Washington. The project included the use of a carpet drag finish on the PCCP. Use of the carpet drag finish is a departure from the tined finish that is normally used by WSDOT.

Initial data was collected on pavement wear, ride, and friction resistance to develop a baseline for comparison over time and with other projects that use different finishing techniques such as tining. The project will be monitored for a period of five years to measure the performance of the carpet drag finish with respect to wear, ride, friction resistance, and potentially noise.

  • Date Published: September, 2006
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 637.1
  • Last Modified: April 4, 2007
  • Authors: Keith W. Anderson, Jeff Uhlmeyer, Linda Pierce, Jim Weston.
  • Originator: Washington (State). Dept. of Transportation. Materials Laboratory.
  • # of Pages: 63 p., 4,538 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Portland cement concrete, Finishes, Concrete finishing, Pavement grooving, Friction course, Texture, Traffic noise, Studded tires.
  • Keywords: Portland cement concrete pavement, carpet drag, pavement roughness, pavement wear, friction resistance, tining.
  • Related Publications: Performance of Concrete Pavements with Longitudinal Tining, Transverse Tining, and Carpet Drag Finish (WA-RD 637.2).

This abstract was last modified June 11, 2012