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99146 FHWA Report No.

99146 FHWA Report No.

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When beginning, it is important to determine the objective of
the resealing project. Possible objectives include the following:

!Temporarily seal the pavement joints for 1 to 2 years
until the pavement is overlaid or replaced.
!Seal and maintain watertight joints for 3 to 5 years.
!Seal and maintain watertight joints for a period
extending more than 5 years.

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Table 4. Relationship between pavement condition
and sealing objectives.

Condition

Objective

Pavement to be overlaid in
1 to 2 years.

Temporarily seal pavement.

Pavement in fair condition. Major
rehabilitation scheduled in 5 years.

Maintain seal until rehabilitation.

Pavement in good condition and
carries high level of traffic.

Maintain seal as long as possible.

Each of these objectives may be correct for a different situation,
depending primarily on the pavement condition and the traffic
level, as illustrated in table 4.

In dry climates, it is more important to keep sand and dirt out
of the joints to prevent spalling and blowups. A sealant should
then be chosen that does not allow sand to penetrate the sealant
surface. In hot climates, some sealants flow down into the
joint, or track on the surface, or allow stones to become
embedded in the sealant. In some situations, a jet-fuel resistant
(JFR) sealant material is required. In some pavements, only
certain areas of sealant have failed and selective replacement is
needed. Consequently, when choosing sealant materials and
installation methods, the objectives must match the
requirements of the situation.

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