Concrete Pavement Surface Characteristics

Surface characteristics represent a critical issue facing pavement owners and the concrete paving industry. The traveling public expects smoother, quieter, and better drained pavements without compromised safety. The surface characteristics issue is complex because all pavement surface characteristics, including texture, noise, friction, splash/spray, rolling resistance, reflectivity/illuminance, and smoothness, are interrelated. The objectives of this multi-part project include

  • developing a strategic plan for improving concrete pavement surface characteristics,
  • measuring the relationship of conventional concrete pavement surface textures to tire-pavement noise and friction in the field, and
  • field evaluating conventional practices and innovative solutions for concrete pavement surface characteristics.

Manuals and guidelines

How to Reduce Tire-Pavement Noise: Interim Better Practices for Constructing and Texturing Concrete Pavement Surfaces 5.1 mb (*pdf)


Tech briefs



Concrete Pavement Surface Characteristics 101 (3 mb *pdf)

Other resources

For more information

For more information on the Concrete Pavement Surface Characteristics Program, contact Program Manager Paul Wiegand, 515-294-7082,