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Evaluation of Long-Term Pavement Performance and Noise Characteristics of the Next Generation Concrete Surface


This report documents the construction of the first Next Generation Concrete Surface (NGCS) by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). A 1,500 foot test section was installed on the eastbound lanes of I-82 near Sunnyside, WA in October of 2010. Baseline measurements of noise, friction, wear and smoothness are reported. The sound intensity levels of 101.6 and 99.6 for the outside and inside lanes, respectively, are within the range reported for other NGCS projects.

A literature review is included that documents the development of the NGCS process as well as providing descriptions and results from the initial field trials in the U.S.

  • Date Published: April, 2011
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 767.1
  • Last Modified: April 27, 2011
  • Authors: Keith W. Anderson, Jeff S. Uhlmeyer, Mark Russell, Jim Weston.
  • Originator: Washington (State). Dept. of Transportation. Materials Laboratory
  • # of Pages: 45 p., 1.14 mb (PDF)
  • Subject: Concrete pavements, Pavement performance, Field tests, Tire/pavement noise, Base lines, Test sections, Surface course, Diamond grinding.
  • Keywords: Next Generation Concrete Surface, NGCS, concrete pavement, diamond grinding, quieter pavements, on board sound intensity measurements, OBSI.
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