||Review of VDOT's Traffic-Data Plan for Pavement Design
Benjamin H. Cottrell, Jr.
In 2003, VTRC and VDOT developed a plan to collect traffic and truck-axle weight data to support the AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, or MEPDG (A Traffic Data Plan for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Designs, VTRC 04-R3). This new study proposes to thoroughly review VDOT’s traffic-data plan for the MEPDG and revise it as needed. The review will assess the data obtained from DMV sites and the appropriateness of the truck-weight groups and compile information on truck-travel patterns and characteristics.
The study will also seek to answer the following questions:
1) Are current weigh-in-motion sites properly located?
2) Is a regional factor needed?
3) If so, is there adequate regional coverage to determine a regional factor?
4) Should unique truck-loading situations, such as coal loading in VDOT’s Bristol District, be part of the plan?
The improved traffic-data plan will help VDOT implement the MEPDG and improve pavement designs.