Evaluation of the Construction and Performance of Polymer Concrete Overlays on Five Bridges: Interim Report No. 1

Report No: 83-R29

Published in 1983

About the report:

The installation of thin polymer concrete overlays on five bridges on I-85 near Williamsburg, Virginia, has demonstrated that an overlay of low permeability and high skid resistance can be successfully installed by a contractor with a minimum of disruption to traffic of approximately eight hours per lane. The initial condition of the overlays was excellent from the standpoint of permeability, skid resistance, and bond, although some overlays were better than others. All were in good to excellent condition after one year in service, but the permeability had increased and the bond strength and skid resistance had decreased significantly. Based on the data collected during the first year it is projected that the overlays constructed with LB183 resin will have a useful service life of at least five years and that the MMA overlay will fail in less time.

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.


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Michael M. Sprinkel, P.E.

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