Flexible pavements

Research focused on improving the design, construction and performance of long-lived, quality hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavements in Wisconsin. Investigates compaction, binders, overlays, implementation of the Mechanistic Empirical Design Guide (MEPDG) and more.

Please contact staff at research@dot.wi.gov for research published before FFY 2006.

Research in progress

​Project ID

​Project title and principal investigator

​Completion date


​0092-18-05​Investigation of In-Service Pavement Performance
Ahmed Faheem, Temple University
​0092-17-06​Investigation of Tack Coat Materials on Tracking Performance
Hussain Bahia, University of Wisconsin - Madison
​0092-16-06​Regressing Air Voids for Balanced HMA Mix Design Study
Randy West, Auburn University
​0092-17-04​Field Aging and Moisture Sensitivity Study
Hussain Bahia, University of Wisconsin - Madison
0092-18-06​Enhanced Moisture Sensitivity Study
Mansour Solaimanian, Pennsylvania State University
​0092-15-05Evaluation of WisDOT Quality Management Program (QMP) Activities and Impacts on Pavement Performance
Ahmed Faheem, Temple University
​0092-16-02​Asphalt Binder Extraction Protocol for Determining Amount & PG Characteristics of Asphaltic Mixtures
Caroline Rodezno, Auburn University

Completed research

Project ID

​Project title

​Completion date


Analysis and Feasibility of Asphalt Pavement Performance-Based Testing Specifications for WisDOT

Final report Research brief


Critical Factors Affecting Asphalt Concrete Durability

Final report Research brief


​Wisconsin Department of Transportation Asphaltic Mixture New Specifications Implementation - Field Compaction and Density Validation

Final report Research brief



Development of Guidelines and Specifications for Use of WMA Technology in Delivering HMA Products Inclusive of Non-Conventional Mixtures Such as SMA’s, and Mixtures with High RAP and High RAS Content

Final report Research brief


​Evaluation of Design Criteria and Field Performance of Rubblized Concrete Pavement Systems in Wisconsin - Phase 1

Final report


​Refinement of Current WisDOT HMA Mixture App Guidelines Related to NMAS and Aggregate Characteristics

Final report Research brief


​Field Evaluation of Wisconsin Modified Binder Selection Guidelines -- Phase II

Final report Research brief


​Investigation and Development of a Non-Destructive System to Evaluate Critical Properties of Asphalt Pavements during the Compaction Process

Final report Research brief


​Base Compaction Specification Feasibility Analysis

Final report Research brief



​Statewide Pavement Friction Testing 2012

Final report


​Performance Evaluation of Tack Coat Materials

Final report


​Evaluation of Flow Number Fn as a Discriminating HMA Mixture Property

Final report Research brief


​Characterization of Wisconsin Asphalt Mixture Low Temperature Properties for the MEPDG

Final report Research brief


​Effect of Recovered Binders from Recycled Shingles and Increased RAP Percentages on Resultant Binder PG

Final report Research brief


​Pre-Overlay Repair of Existing Concrete and Asphalt Pavements: Phase II


​Investigation of Early Distress in Wisconsin Rubblized Pavements

Final report


​Evaluation of Intelligent Compaction Technology for Densification of Roadway Subgrades and Structural Layers

Final report Research brief


​Evaluation of Various Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Thicknesses over Rubblized Concrete Pavement

Final report


​Evaluation of a Hot Mix Asphalt Perpetual Pavement

Final report


​Accelerated Performance Testing on the 2006 NCAT Pavement Test Track

Pooled fund website


​Wisconsin Mixture Characterization Using the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) on Historical Aggregate Structures

Final report Research brief


​North Central Pavement Research and Implementation Coordination Partnership (formerly Frozen Four)

Pooled fund website


​Analysis of Load-Induced Strains in a Hot Mix Asphalt Perpetual Pavement

Final report


​Development of Recommendations for Compaction Temperatures in the Field to Achieve Density and Limit As-Built Permeability

Final report Research brief


​Investigation of the Use of Open Graded Friction Courses in Wisconsin

Final report Research brief




​Materials Characterization and Analysis of the Marquette Interchange HMA Perpetual Pavement

Pooled fund website Research report


​Perpetual Pavement Instrumentation for the Marquette Interchange Project

Final report Research brief


​Evaluation of Interlayer Bonding in HMA Pavements

Final report Research brief


​Evaluation of Strata¨ Reflective Crack Relief System

Final report


​Field Evaluation of Wisconsin Modified Binder Selection Guidelines

Final report Research brief


​Testing Wisconsin Asphalt Mixtures for the AASHTO 2002 Mechanistic Design Procedure

Final report Research brief


​Test Method to Determine Aggregate/Asphalt Adhesion Properties and Potential Moisture Damage

Final report Research brief


​Development of In-Place Permeability Criteria for HMA Pavements in Wisconsin

Final report Research brief


​Layer Coefficients for New and Reprocessed Asphaltic Mixes

Final report


​Guidance, Parameters and Recommendations for Rubblized Pavements

Final report Research brief


​Life Cycle Cost Analysis of SMA Pavements and SMA Application Guidelines

Final report Research brief


​Non-Nuclear Density Testing Devices and Systems to Measure In-Place Asphalt Pavement Density

Final report Research brief


​Investigation of New Devices for Use in Determining Mechanistic Properties and Performance

Final report Research brief


​Guidelines for the Surface Preparation/Rehab of Existing Concrete and Asphaltic Pavements Prior to an Asphaltic Concrete Overlay

Final report Research brief