Texas Uses Fabric to Protect Pavement from Cracks

by Paul H. Coleman, (M.ASCE), Retired Dist. Engr.; State Dept. of Highways and Public Transportation, Odessa, Texas,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 12, Pg. 74-75

Document Type: Feature article


Thin asphalt concrete overlays are susceptible to reflective cracking, which is the migration of the cracks in an old pavement into and subsequently through its overlay. To find a remedy to this problem, the Texas Highway Dept. applied 330,000 yd� of Petromat non-woven polypropylene fabric in four test sections of I-20 near Pecos, Texas, covering nine miles of the four-lane highway. The article tells why and how the fabric was installed and what Texas expects to learn from the test.

Subject Headings: Pavement overlays | Cracking | Concrete pavements | Asphalt pavements | Pavement condition | Highways and roads | Fabrics | Texas | United States

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