Effects of Pavement Surface Texture on Noise and Frictional Characteristics HR-281, February 1987

(1987) Effects of Pavement Surface Texture on Noise and Frictional Characteristics HR-281, February 1987. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

An experimental modification of the transverse groove surface texture of a section of an urban interstate highway was performed by the Iowa Department of Transportation. Transverse groove texturing i s a design feature required by the Federal Highway Administration t o reduce skidding under wet pavement conditions. Adjacent residents claimed the texturing was the cause of especially annoying tonal characteristics within the traffic noise. A research proposal to modify the existing texture pattern by surface grinding and to study the noise and friction effects was approved for funding by the Iowa Highway Research Board. Results i n the form of a comparison between traffic noise before modification and traffic noise immediately after and 15 months after modification indicate that the change in surface texture has lowered overall traffic noise levels by reducing a high frequency component of the traffic noise spectrum. Fraffic testing data show reduced capacity of the roadway to inhibit wet pavement skidding as a result of the surface modification.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: HR-281, Pavement Surface Texture, Transportation
Subjects: Transportation > Research
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation
ID Code: 13455
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2012 13:11
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2012 13:11
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/13455

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