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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis
SD1995-16


Title: Rural Road Guidelines
Project Researcher: Curt Beckemeyer,
Project Manager:
Research Period: -
Status:
Cost: $0.00

Problem Statement: In 1991 the "Local Roads Needs Study" was completed. Its objective was to develop general design and maintenance guidelines and a needs assessment for the County Primary System. The study presented good, useable information. In 1994 the "City Street Needs Assessment" was completed. It provided a set of three guidelines for city streets:

  1. Pavement Design, Maintenance and Rehabilitation Guide for City Streets,

  2. Pavement Condition Survey Guide for City Streets and

  3. Pavement Management Guide for City Streets. These guidelines not only indicated what to do but also why and how to do it. The guidelines developed in the City Street Needs Assessment were much more complete and useable than those from the Local Roads Needs Study, but in most cases cannot be directly applied to rural road segments. Limited information on gravel streets was presented in the city guidelines and is very important for rural roads.

In addition, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) requires local governments to have a pavement management system for paved and gravel roads. To help counties manage their road systems better, the Department's task force for local pavement management has developed a work plan requiring development of these rural road guidelines for local government use.

Local governments need guidelines that present the how and why of design, maintenance, rehabilitation, condition survey and management of paved and gravel surfaced roads for their road system.



Findings:

Research Objectives:
1  To produce a guide for design, maintenance and rehabilitation of gravel, asphalt and concrete surfaced roads comparable to the Pavement Design, Maintenance and Rehabilitation Guide for City Streets.
2  To produce a condition survey guide for gravel, asphalt and concrete surfaced roads comparable to the Pavement Condition Survey Guide for City Streets.
3  To produce a guide for pavement and gravel road management comparable to the Pavement Management System Guide for City Streets.

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the project's technical panel to review project scope and work plan.
2  Review the South Dakota Secondary Roads Plan, 1993 AASHTO "Green Book" and the Local Roads Needs Study for consistency. Advise the Technical Panel on differences between the three manuals and the appropriate policy that should be used in the guidelin
3  Prepare an interim report that outlines the design, maintenance and rehabilitation guide for review and approval by the Technical Panel. The interim report must include information on gravel rural roads as well as asphalt and concrete roads.
4  Prepare a guide for the design, maintenance and rehabilitation of gravel, asphalt and concrete rural roads that includes information on the materials used and the existing soils.
5  Develop a guide, including color photograph sections showing condition and a method for rating road condition of gravel, asphalt and concrete rural roads
6  Develop a guide for the management of gravel and rural pavement sections.
7  Prepare a final report and executive summary of the literature review, research methodology, findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
8  Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at conclusion of the project.

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