This report provides information on the use of concrete overlays for rehabilitation of both concrete (rigid) and asphalt (flexible) pavements. Selection, design, and construction of both bonded and unbonded overlays are discussed. The overlay categories reviewed include bonded concrete overlays, unbonded concrete overlays, white topping overlays, and concrete overlays bonded to asphalt (ultra-thin and thin white topping). Information is also provided on selecting overlay alternatives. Significant portions of this document are based on a synthesis report prepared for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) by Applied Pavement Technology, Inc., under contract number DTFH61-00-P-00507. The report, “Portland Cement Concrete Overlays: State of the Technology Synthesis,” is available from the FHWA as publication FHWA-IF-02-045.
Keywords: bond; concrete; joint; overlay; pavement (concrete); rehabilitation; repair.
Table of Contents
1.2—Purpose of report
1.3—Definitions and notation
Chapter 2—Concrete overlay types and construction materials
2.2—Types of concrete overlays
2.6—Concrete production, construction, and quality-control issues
Chapter 3—Selection of concrete overlay alternatives
3.2—Effectiveness of different types of concrete overlays
Chapter 4—Bonded concrete overlays
Chapter 5—Unbonded concrete overlays
Chapter 6—Conventional whitetopping overlays
Chapter 7—Ultra-thin and thin whitetopping overlays
8.1—Referenced standards and reports
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