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99146 FHWA Report No.

99146 FHWA Report No.

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The condition of a pavement when it is resealed can greatly
affect the performance of the seal. Corner breaks, large spalls,
voids beneath the pavement, faulting, and poor load transfer
can all reduce the effective life of resealed joints. Depending on
existing conditions, some of these pavement distresses should
be repaired before sealant is installed (Collins et al., 1986).

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Specifically, prior to resealing, the following repairs should be
considered (Darter et al., 1985):

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Full-depth repair of corner breaks and deep spalls.

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Partial-depth repair of spalls that extend more than 25
mm from the face of the joint.

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Improving subdrainage or roadside drainage.

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Restoring load transfer at joints and cracks where
poor load transfer exists.

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Undersealing the pavement where voids exist.

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Grinding the pavement surface to restore a smooth
ride or to improve traction.

Each of these repairs, if needed, should be completed before
resealing begins. The condition of the sealant in longitudinal
joints and transverse cracks should also be evaluated to
determine if resealing is appropriate (Carpenter et al., 1987).
Studies have shown that extensive pavement damage can occur
due to the large amount of water entering a pavement system
through open transverse cracks and longitudinal joints.

The condition of the existing joints and sealant can reveal much
about the conditions under which it failed. Several of these
indicators are listed in table 5. When these or other conditions
are evident, care should be taken to address and eliminate them
for the resealing project.

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