Appraising Pavement Surface Distresses And Expected Mitigation Measure On Selected Road Segment

Authors

Dagimwork Asele Manuka, Lecturer
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia.
Tarekegn Shirko Lachore, Lecturer
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Wachemo University, Hossana, Ethiopia

Abstract

The work visually inspects and evaluate the pavement failures and their causes as well as resolution methods. It is quite important to examine and identify the causes of the failed pavement to select a proper treatment option. The study consisted of two tasks: the first covers the detail visual inspection of the existing pavement failures, whereas the second investigates the actual causes of these failures. From Areka to Wolaita Sodo was selected for investigation. An intensive field work was carried out on the existing pavement condition of this road. It was found that most of the damaged pavement sections suffered from severe cracking, potholes and raveling failures. These failures might have been caused by fatigue failures on pavement structure due to the movement of heavily loaded truck – trailers. The damage could also be attributed to poor drainage, inadequate design and improper pavement materials.