Deterioration of Jointed Portland Cement Concrete Pavements

Report No: 76-R19

Published in 1975

About the report:

Information has been gathered regarding the performance of more than 400 lane-miles of jointed PCC interstate pavements located in five construction districts in Virginia. The factors causing pavement deterioration have been identified, the processes associated with deterioration have been described, and typical examples of distress, or failure types, have been recorded. Recommendations are made with respect to (a) criteria for determining the latest time at which the initiation of permanent pavement repairs should be considered, (b) a rapid technique for visual surveys to ascertain pavement conditions, (c) the communication of the study findings to field forces, (d) the practice of installing temporary bituminous patches, and, (e) the continuation and expansion on of preventive maintenance activities.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Samuel S. Tyson, Kenneth H. McGhee

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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