About the CP Road Map

What is the CP Road Map?

It's an innovative, strategic plan (originally published in 2005 and updated in 2011) outlining approximately $250 million in needed concrete pavement research. The CP Road Map's official title is the Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology. Learn more (note: the 2011 revisions will be available this fall):

Why a Road Map?

The concrete pavement industry experienced more changes during the last 20 years than in the previous 90. Today’s new materials, construction equipment and methods, project requirements, and customer expectations require more dynamic solutions.

Research outlined in the CP Road Map is proactively reinventing concrete pavement systems to deliver 21st century results. The goal: A comprehensive, integrated, and fully functional system of concrete pavement technologies.

How was the Road Map developed?

Iowa State University-led team

  • Tom Cackler, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (Principal Administrator)
  • Dale Harrington, Snyder and Associates (Project Manager)
  • Peter Taylor, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (Administrator)
  • Rob Rasmussen, The Transtec Group (Research Support)
  • Gary Fick, Trinity Construction Management, Inc. (Research Support)
  • Sabrina Shields-Cook, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (Communications)

A team led by Iowa State University and sponsored by the FHWA conducted 5 major brainstorming sessions with stakeholders across the country between October 2003 and October 2004. More than 400 people participated, representing

  • State and local departments of transportation
  • FHWA
  • American Concrete Pavement Association, including several state chapters
  • Portland Cement Association
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • TRB/National Cooperative Highway Research Program committees
  • American Public Works Association
  • National Association of County Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Materials suppliers
  • Research universities especially departments conducting applied research
  • Private concrete testing laboratories

They provided input about critical needs related to 4 topics:

  1. Mixtures and materials
  2. Design
  3. Construction
  4. Pavement management/business systems

The team compared critical needs identified by stakeholders with a database of recent, current, and planned concrete pavement research. Obvious gaps not being filled by existing research became problem statements in the CP Road Map. The problem statements were categorized by track and subtrack, and critical links between them were established.

What’s innovative about it?

No tie to one agency or pot of money—The CP Road Map is by and for the national concrete pavement community.

New business model for funding and sharing research—Stakeholders voluntarily align opportunities to pool funds and intellectual resources in ad hoc research collaboratives. They share administrative costs.

Strategic—The CP Road Map combines more than 270 problem statements into 12 integrated research tracks. Each track has specific goals and a path for reaching the goals.

Rapid implementation—All research outlined in the CP Road Map includes mechanisms for quickly moving useful new products and systems to the field.

What are the tracks?

Volume II of the CP Road Map details 12 research tracks, numerous subtracks, and approximately 270 problem statements:

  1. Materials and Mixes for Concrete Pavements
  2. Performance-Based Design Guide for New and Rehabilitated Concrete Pavements
  3. Intelligent Construction Systems and Quality Assurance for Concrete Pavements
  4. Optimized Surface Characteristics for Safe, Quiet, and Smooth Concrete Pavements
  5. Concrete Pavement Equipment Automation and Advancements
  6. Innovative Concrete Pavement Joint Design, Materials, and Construction
  7. Concrete Pavement Maintenance and Preservation
  8. Concrete Pavement Construction, Reconstruction, and Overlays
  9. Evaluation, Monitoring, and Strategies for Long-Life Concrete Pavements
  10. Concrete Pavement Foundations and Drainage
  11. Concrete Pavement Economics and Business Management
  12. Concrete Pavement Sustainability

Who’s involved?

Directory of people involved in the CP Road Map.

Executive Committee

The role of the Executive Committee is to provide overall guidance and coordination of the National CP Road Map Program. Responsibilities generally include the following:

  • Obtaining executive-level buy-in to the Road Map of stakeholder organizations.
  • Prioritizing tracks and determining track leaders.
  • Fostering collaborative sponsorships of research.
  • Globally reviewing research and identifying new or developing research areas.
  • Fostering research integration within and between the CP Road Map's 12 tracks.
  • Suggesting/promoting technology transfer activities and training activities.
  • Regularly evaluating progress of CP Road Map regularly.
  • Leading conduct of Track 11 (Business Systems).

Track Leadership Teams

The role of each track leadership team is to guide and coordinate the conduct of a specific research track in the CP Road Map. Responsibilities generally include the following: 

  • Validating and updating the track.
  • Facilitating partnerships to get the research funded and accomplished.
  • Establishing working groups as needed.
  • Ensuring integration within and among tracks.
  • Facilitating technology transfer and training.

Operations Support Group

The Operations Support Group is the hands and feet of the Executive Committee and, to some extent, of the Track Team Leaders. It conducts day-to-day operations that support the Executive Committee in fulfilling its responsibilities. Responsibilities generally include the following:

  • Providing technical and operations support to the Executive Committee (e.g., project management, communications activities, mechanisms for collaborative partnerships, general meeting support, etc.).
  • Conducting background research and providing suggestions to the Executive Committee.
  • Implementing Executive Committees decisions and policies.
  • Generating CP Road Map progress and financial reports for the Executive Committee and FHWA.
  • Generating progress and financial reports for the Executive Committee and FHWA regarding the pooled fund supporting the Operations Support Groups activities.
  • Developing and operating a framework for collaboration, the Collaboration Center.

Through a new pooled fund, State agencies are joining FHWA and industry in funding the critical services provided by the Operations Support Group.

Sustaining Organizations

Sustaining organizations include all concrete pavement stakeholder organizations, public and private, that participate in and support the National CP Road Map Program at some level at some time, and especially those who contribute to sustainable funding of Road Map professional operations/administrative services. Responsibilities generally include the following: 

  • Participating in the Executive Committee.
  • Participating in the Track Leadership Teams.
  • Collaboratively funding operations support services.
  • Using the Road Map to guide research priorities.
  • Funding research (individually or pooled).
  • Demonstrating commitment to the concept of collaboration for the good of the industry.
  • Conducting research as appropriate.

Organizations are participating in various ways:

Sustaining Organizations Roles
National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University (CP Tech Center)
American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)
  • Passed a resolution committing its support to the CP Road Map, track 1
  • Co-leading initial implementation activities in track 1 (mix design and analysis)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Funded development of CP Road Map
  • Providing seed money for initial operations support services
  • Co-leading initial implementation activities in track 1 (mix design and analysis)
National Concrete Consortium (NC2) Co-leading initial implementation activities in track 1 (mix design and analysis)
State DOTs Helping to fund operations support services through FHWA pooled fund solictation no. 1179, www.pooledfund.org/Details/Study/528.
FHWA/Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center
National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association
TRB/Standing Technical Committees
Texas DOT
UTC program (to be identified)
Slag Cement Association
Coal Ash Association
Represented on Executive Committee