Transverse-tined and longitudinal diamond-ground texturing for newly constructed concrete pavement: A comparison

Paul L. Burgé, Keith Travis, Zoltan Rado

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The purpose of this study is to provide a comparison of longitudinal diamond-ground and transverse-tined pavement surface texturing for newly constructed portland cement concrete pavement (PCCP). The study area is located along a test section of I-190 in Buffalo, New York. The two PCCP surface treatment types under evaluation are compared based on safety, noise, construction cost, service life, rideability, handling, and maintenance requirements. The initial evaluation is documented, as is the analysis of follow-up noise and skid resistance measurements conducted approximately 1 year later. Analysis of the initial testing indicates that the relative skid resistance of the experimental longitudinal diamond-ground surface is as good or better than that of the transverse-tined surface. The results of the noise analysis indicate that the longitudinal diamond-ground surface is 2 to 5 dB quieter depending primarily on the traffic vehicle mix. Noise and skid resistance measurements conducted 1 year later showed little change. Although less construction time was required for the transverse-tined pavement compared with that for the diamond-ground pavement, the actual cost difference is not quantifiable. However, a higher initial cost for longitudinal diamond grinding would likely be partially offset by an extended service life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number1792
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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