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FHWA Guidelines for Using Prime and Tack Coats (pdf)

FHWA Asphalt Pavement Principles Video Series

Asphalt Pavement Principles: Smoothness

Asphalt Pavement Principles: Long-Life Pavements

Asphalt Pavement Principles: Density and Durability

TRB Straight to Recording for All

Concrete Joint and Crack Sealing Basics

Asphalt Pavement Crack Sealing Processes, Materials, and Installation Procedures

Transportation Research Board


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Better Ways to Build with Cement Treated Base (RC343)
Portland Cement Association, NW Cement Products Association (10 minutes)
Review of the process and requirements of cement treated base.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and engineers.

Bituminous Concrete Paving (RC057)
Washington State DOT (45 minutes)
Describes three areas of construction inspection: preliminary checks and equipment; surface preparation and tack coats; and delivery of hot-mix paving, compaction, and final product acceptance. Procedures and inspection requirements are in accordance with Washington State DOT standards, but general information applies.
Suggested audience: construction inspectors.

Building the Notched Wedge Joint© (RC299)
NAPA (8 minutes)
Explores the superior performance of the notched wedge joint and demonstrates its advantages to the paving crew during the construction process. Through graphics and live action, it shows step-by-step procedures for paving crews to follow in building the notched wedge joint.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

Field Testing Concrete (RC139)
Washington State DOT (34 minutes)
Organized in three parts: preparation, sampling, and testing; slump test and casting cylinders;and air content.
Suggested audience: highway officials who work with concrete construction.

Fundamentals of Quality Concrete© (RC405)
PCA (22 minutes)
A basic review of Portland cement concrete. The materials used in, and differences between types of concrete, and how to meet the different demands placed on concrete.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, engineers and crews.

Guide to Getting Smoother Pavements (RC318)
Arizona DOT/FHWA (16 minutes)
Section One: discusses changes made to paving machines by Arizona officials and crews.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews.
Section Two: discusses contract modifications to pay a premium for smoother pavements.
Suggested audience: municipal officials and engineers.

Handling Hot Mix Asphalt (RC427)
NAPA (16 minutes)
Proper shoveling and raking/luting techniques for Hot Mix Asphalt.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, municipal officials, crews.

Hauling Hot Mix Asphalt (RC428)
NAPA (9 minutes)
Tips for loading and driving safely with Hot Mix Asphalt.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, municipal officials, crews.

Lime, the Versatile Stabilizer in Construction (RC073)
National Lime Association (26 minutes)
Illustrates the applications that lime can have in soil stabilization/construction procedures. Shows highway base/sub-base stabilization, airport runways, building foundations, etc. Contains a mix of technical and non-technical language.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents.

Micro Surfacing - Use, Application & Inspection© (RC235)
Video University Productions, 1994 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Details the use and application of micro surfacing. Discusses advantages, types, uses,mix design, components, equipment and workmanship. Includes in-depth detail of good construction practices for micro-paving. Discusses many construction blemishes and how to eliminate them.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, engineers, micro-paving crews.

Paving Site Work Practices for Quality (RC329)
NAPA (30 minutes)
A good, basic training video for paving crews. Three segments cover general laborer work activities, paver and roller operations, and work practices.
Suggested audience: highway officials and crews.

Paving Techniques© (RC236)
Video University Productions, 1994 (30 minutes)
Looks at equipment innovations to improve pavement quality. Quality is measured by pavement smoothness and annualized costs. Pavement smoothness can be improved by not stopping the paver. Emphasis is placed on the use of a material transfer vehicle.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, and engineers.

Seal coating: A Matter of Science and Skill (RC178)
Local Roads Research Program (16 minutes)
Provides maintenance workers with a lesson on how to perform a high quality chip seal,and what not to do during seal coating.
Suggested audience: highway and public works officials, and crews.

Slurry Seal and Its Applications© (RC234)
University Video Productions, 1994 (30 minutes)
A good tape for highway officials who want to learn the basics of slurry seal materials,equipment, and placement. Addresses where to use slurry seal, its advantages, and what to expect.
Suggested audience: highway, public works, and municipal officials, and engineers.

Smoother Pavements: Highways Fit for a King (RC318)
Arizona Department of Transportation / FHWA (21 minutes)
Discusses the pavement smoothness program for smoother road surfaces.
Suggested audience: supervisors, crews.

Smoother Roads Playbook (RC333)
USDOT/FHWA Western Resources Center (25 minutes)
John Madden hosts this video on techniques to help make smoother concrete pavements. It discusses key areas for achieving smoothness: incentives, disincentives, and winning strategy.
Suggested audience: county highway superintendents, engineers, and NYSDOT employees.

Understanding the Vibratory Roller (RC429)
NAPA (19 minutes)
How to operate and maintain a vibratory roller. How a vibratory roller differs from a static roller and how it impacts the asphalt, as well as site demonstrations of proper rolling patterns.
Suggested audience: highway superintendents, municipal officials, crews.


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Application of Ground Anchors and Soil Nails in Roadway Construction
Keywords: Construction, Design, Retaining Wall

Asphalt Paving Manual
Source: Asphalt Institute
Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix, Paving

Background of Superpave Asphalt Mixture Design and Analysis
Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix, Superpave

Construction of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements
Manual Series #22
Source: Asphalt Institute
Keywords: Asphalt, Construction, Hot-Mix

Design and Installation of Buried Pipes
Source: ASCE
Keywords: Pipes, installation, design

Dust Palliative Selection and Application Guide
9977 1207-SDTDC
Source: San Dimas Technology & Development Center
Keywords: Dust Abatement, Dust Palliative, Environment

Excavator's Manual: A User's Guide to Safe Excavation Practices in NY State
Keywords: Excavation, Safety

Gravel roads construction & maintenance guide

Guide for Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement (A) (CD)
Source: NAPA
Keywords: Asphalt, Hot Mix, Maintenance, Road Design

Hot-Mix Asphalt Pavement Manual
Source: NYS Asphalt Pavement Association
Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix

Lime Stabilization Construction Manual
Bulletin 326
Source: National Lime Association
Keywords: Lime, Road Bases

Mixed Design Methods for Asphalt Concrete and Other Hot-Mix Types
Source: Asphalt Institute
Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix

Pavement Recycling Guidelines for State and Local Governments (CD)
Source: National Center for Asphalt Technology

Roller Operations for Quality
Information Series 121
Source: NAPA
Keywords: Asphalt, Compaction, Roller

Salt for Road Stabilization
Source: Salt Institute
Keywords: Gravel, Salt, Stabilization

Cover of FP-14

Standard Specifications for the Construction of Roads and Bridges on Federal Highway Projects (FP)
Source: Federal Lands Highway

Superpave System (The)
Keywords: Asphalt, Superpave

Understanding Soil Compaction
Source: J.I. Case
Keywords: Compaction, Soil

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