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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 19, 2018 04:22 PM
From: Representative Aaron D. Kaufer
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution to Study Paving and Concrete Materials
Recently, several construction projects were undertaken in my Legislative District. While there was much excitement at the time of their completion, that excitement has now turned to frustration and anger. Roughly one year after the projects were completed, the concrete is failing. The surface is now pitted and a sight for sore eyes. Only one year later and it’s back to the drawing board to figure out what materials were used and why they are not holding up under the local climate.
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution asking a PennDOT to utilize their Master Services Agreement with Penn State University to investigate:
  • What is causing the issue?
  • Are the proper materials being used?
    • Is alkali-silica reactivity destroying the product?
    • If the proper materials are not being used, what should be used as a replacement?
  • Implications of additives.
  • What short-term remedial actions can be taken to stop the pavement failure?
  • What can be done long-term to ensure the projects pavements in question will perform without need for additional remediation?
  • What are other states/locations using that have similar climate and geographic considerations?
  • Recommendations for future projects so that PennDOTcan provide a better quality product, while lowering costs by eliminating short-term remedial actions.

Newly completed construction projects should not be failing after only one year. This is unacceptable. This limited lifespan reflects poorly upon PennDOT and those who advocated for the projects advancement.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR1003