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613.1 Maintenance Full Depth Pavement Repair

Full depth concrete patching is often necessary to repair failures in Portland Cement Concrete pavement. These may be caused by complete failure or disintegration of the concrete by cracking and breaking or by "blowups". This section covers the recommended methods and requirements for full depth patching. Concrete replacement should be programmed annually in all Districts and if possible, operations confined to periods prior to June 1 and after September 1 when traffic volumes are normally at their lowest and temperatures milder.

613.1.1 Determination of Areas to be Patched

The overall need for concrete replacement shall be determined and a speedometer log of the section needing repairs made. The estimated limits of each patch should be determined and these limits marked plainly with yellow or orange paint. The log should show the location of each patch, whether it is in the right or left hand lane, the dimensions of the patch and the estimated amount of concrete required for it. Estimated quantities computed form the log are used to requisition the necessary materials and supplies. A copy of this log is to be furnished to the Special Maintenance Supervisor who will note the actual size and cubic yards used. The Supervisor will also record on the log any additional areas patched during the operation. The optimum size of the area to be patched will vary with the extent of failure or disintegration and the location of cracks and joints. All patches should be squared up as much as possible without sacrificing economy. Joints and cracks adjacent to the area to be patched should be considered as these will usually cause cracking in the new patch. All patches should extend from the edge of pavement to the centerline or longitudinal joint. To reduce the amount on sound material removed a maximum taper of 12:1 may be used. Patches on Interstate Routes and other routes where more than 15% of the traffic is commercial should measure not less than 6 ft. wide measured at the edge of pavement. That measurement for other routes is 5 ft. minimum. In areas of settlement or buckling, the size of the patch may have to be determined by rideability desired, and good concrete removed to obtain a smooth riding surface. In all cases, economy and service of the patch should be considered. This is especially important for areas which have disintegrated for if all the disintegrated material is not removed, the area will have to be repatched within a short time. If the pavement is scheduled for resurfacing within the near future, it may be economical to hold the size of the area to be patched to a minimum.

613.1.2 Concrete Replacement Materials

The standard material for full depth replacement of concrete surfaces is Portland Cement Concrete accelerated with a 2% solution of Calcium Chloride and without air entrainment. A seven (7) bag mix using Type 1 cement is recommended but may be varied according to the table below depending upon ambient temperatures. It is intended that all holes be filled with all lanes open to traffic by 30 minutes before sunset. The concrete patch is to have obtained a strength of 1000 psi before barricades are removed.

Strength (psi) of Type 1 Cement with 2% Calcium Chloride
°F 3 hrs. 3.5 hrs. 4 hrs. 4.5 hrs. 5 hrs. 5.5 hrs. 6 hrs.
40 212 283 340 387 428 449 464
44 255 342 411 467 517 542 560
48 314 420 505 573 635 666 688
52 365 488 587 667 738 774 800
56 416 556 669 760 841 882 912
60 489 653 787 893 989 1037 1072
64 548 732 881 1000 1107 1161 1200
68 627 839 1010 1164 1269 1331 1376
72 730 976 1174 1333 1476 1548 1600
76 796 1063 1280 1453 1609 1687 1744
80 876 1171 1408 1600 1771 1857 1920
84 971 1298 1561 1773 1963 2059 2128
Calcium Chloride Accelerator Gallons of Solution* for 2 Percent by Weight of Cement
Concrete yd3 Sacks of Cement per yd3 of Concrete
7 7 1/2 8 8 1/2
1 3.5 3.7 4.0 4.2
1.5 5.2 5.6 5.9 6.3
2 6.9 7.4 7.9 8.4
2.5 8.6 9.2 9.9 10.5
3 10.4 11.1 11.8 12.6
3.5 12.1 13.0 13.8 14.7
4 13.8 14.8 15.8 16.8
4.5 15.6 16.6 17.8 18.9
5 17.3 18.5 19.8 21.0
5.5 19.0 20.4 21.7 23.1
6 20.8 22.2 23.7 25.2
6.5 22.5 24.0 25.7 27.3
7 24.2 25.9 27.6 29.4
7.5 26.0 27.8 29.6 31.5
8 27.7 29.6 31.6 33.6
*Solution consists of 5 lbs. Of Type I or 4 lbs. Of Type II calcium chloride per gallon of mixing water. This will produce a dosage rate of 2 percent calcium chloride by weight of cement. Use half the amount shown if a 1 percent dosage is desired. Another convenient approximation from the table would be an addition rate of 2 quarts of solution per sack for a 2 percent dosage or 1 quart per sack for 1 percent.

The material is to meet the Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction and be obtained from local suppliers on the basis of competitive bid prices. If a local supplier is not available it may be necessary to mix the material in portable mixers using our own forces. When plant mixed, a Department employee will be assigned to assure the specifications and mix design is met and the quantities shipped are correct.

613.1.3 Patching Crew Requirements

A required crew size of 8 or 12 members is dependent on the amount of concrete patching programmed. Good organization is required to decrease the time this more hazardous operation is in effect on any roadway section. Extensive patching operations shall be under the supervision of a Special Maintenance Supervisor who will assign and reassign workers to various crew components as needed.

The break out crew consists of a hydro-hammer or stinger operator or two breaking hammer operators, three to remove the broken concrete from the hole and load it into a loader and then into trucks and one or more drivers for haul trucks.

A subgrade preparation and forming crew may consist of two to four workers dependent on the condition of the subgrade. One form truck may be needed.

The finishing crew will place, vibrate and finish the concrete and should consist of two workers. One dump truck or one pickup is needed.

Staffing and equipping the crew is further outlined in the Maintenance Planning Guidelines and Traffic Control for Field Operations.

613.1.4 Replacement Procedures Using Concrete

The use of a concrete saw to outline the area to be removed is recommended. When a saw is not available and cracks or joints cannot be used then air chisels may be used to make the outline cut. Air chisels, a hydro hammer or a stinger is then used to break up the concrete to be removed. Moderate care should be exercised to assure a minimum of underbreaking of the pavement adjacent to the patch. The old pavement should be broken into pieces that can be handles and removed easily.

The broken concrete to be stockpiles will be placed in areas where such stockpiles will not detract from the appearance of the roadside, preferably on supplementary roads or in areas which are screened from view. If at all possible, the broken concrete should be dumped in washes or eroded areas at the time it is removed. Area Supervisors should make a special effort to do this and provide additional trucks and personnel as needed. If broken concrete is used for work such as erosion control, a realistic part of the cost of handling and placing should be charged to the appropriate Function Code.

The subgrade shall be properly shaped graded and tamped to conform to the type of pavement being patched. Underpinning will be provided by excavating the subgrade 3 to 6 in. below and 4 to 6 in. back under the slab. It will be tapered out to original subgrade elevation in 18 to 24 in. from the saw cut, providing the subgrade is solid. If the patch is less than 6 ft. longitudinally, tapering back is not required. All the spongy or poor subgrade material shall be removed to a solid base or to a maximum depth of six to eight in. below the bottom of the slab and replaced with concrete. Open graded base material should not be used. If the subgrade is dry it must be wet down before concrete is placed.

Patches 15 ft. or longer will be reinforced with wire mesh and no other steel reinforcing is to be used. When replacing only one lane of concrete, all steel crossing the longitudinal joint is to be cut. The length of any patch should not exceed the design joint spacing.

Two in. thick wood form boards or steel forms shall be used for forming and shall be staked or braced to hold the correct alignment. If the adjacent pavement in another lane is to be removed later, a form board will have to be placed at the centerline. This can be accomplished by removing just enough concrete in the adjacent lane to place the form.

The concrete is then placed in the hole, leveled up, vibrated and struck off with a straight edge. On upper deck sections the concrete is to be brought up only to the top of the original concrete, cured with liquid asphalt and then finished off with asphaltic concrete.

Care must be exercised in finishing in order to obtain a smooth riding surface. Longer patches should be checked with a taut string. The finished texture should conform to the surface of the adjacent pavement, but no smoother than that obtained by a belt or broom. Take an edger and break the bond between the old concrete and the new concrete at joints. The bond should be broken as deeply as possible without scoring or marking the surface while at the same time rounding the edge of the new concrete. Any marking deeper than 1/32 in. will tend to cause a rough riding patch. Date all patches with a 2 in. to 3 in. number to determine their service. Except for upper deck sections, curing should be accomplished by the application of a transparent curing compound.

If the forms do not present a hazard they may be removed the next day. When removed the void left should be filled with dirt, base rock or asphalt mix and compacted. The material used depends upon the type of shoulder involved. Any shoulder repair necessitated by this operation should be made at this time and the cost charged against the Concrete Replacement Function.

613.1.5 Replacement Procedures Using Asphaltic Concrete

The first two steps are the same as those used when patching with Portland Cement Concrete.

Subgrade shall be removed to obtain a minimum depth of 10 in. and when the pavement thickness is 8 in. or greater, the subgrade shall be cut at least 2 in. below the pavement. The patch shall be filled, thoroughly tamped and compacted in lifts of not greater than 3 in. using plant mixed bituminous base course mixture. If a base course mixture is not available a Type B asphaltic concrete mix may be used. The patch shall be allowed to cure before it is opened to traffic.

The rolling of a small amount of dry cement into the surface of the area being patched during final compaction will result in a gray surface, more nearly matching the color of the existing pavement.

613.1.6 Safety Precautions

In addition to standard safety policies and traffic controls the following rules must be observed for concrete replacement operations:

  • The work must be conducted with as little inconvenience to traffic as possible. At least one lane must be available for traffic use at all times and free of obstructions. This includes ramps at interchanges.
  • Work crews should be protected by working them between or behind equipment. Capable flagmen are to be provided as necessary.
  • All patches should be barricaded in accordance with the guidance in Traffic Control for Field Operations.
  • Shoulders adjacent to the patch should be kept clear and open to allow traffic to travel on the shoulder if necessary unless a hazard such as a spillway or culvert headwall exists. In this case, a barricade or hazard marker should be placed at the hazard.
  • While it is intended that no patches or open holes are left overnight, should it be necessary to do so, the specific guidance in the Traffic Control for Field Operations. shall be followed.
  • A responsible crew member must be designated to patrol the area when barricades are in place and workers are not present to assure the safety devices are working. If this is necessary at night then the worker must also check all the traffic control devices that are in place. During storms additional help should be provided and a Supervisor present.
  • All lanes should be open to traffic by 5 p.m. Friday. For major holidays and extended weekends all lanes should be open to traffic by 12:00 noon of the day preceding the period or holiday.

613.1.7 Maintenance Planning Guidelines

Code: R313


The time and expenses incurred for repair or replacement of concrete pavement, except patches for scaling or spalling areas less than full depth. Includes full depth replacement of concrete pavement or concrete pavement with an asphalt overlay.


Repair full depth failures in portland cement concrete pavement.


When possible, work should be scheduled when the temperature is 50° F and above, from March 15 to November 30.

Recommended Equipment

  • Trucks
  • Dowel Hole Drilling Unit
  • Chloride Tank w/Meter
  • Wheel Saw
  • Backhoe or Hydraulic Excavator
  • Concrete Saw
  • Concrete Vibrator
  • Loader
  • Concrete Blankets as needed
  • Traffic Control Equipment, see Traffic Control for Field Operations

Recommended Material

  • 8.5 Sack Ready-Mix Concrete
  • Calcium Chloride
  • 1 in. Epoxy Coated Greased Dowel Bars Spaced 5 Per Wheel Path on 12 in. Centers
  • Liquid Emulsified Asphalt

Recommended Procedure

1. Place traffic control devices as required.

2. Use wheel saw in middle of repair to relieve stress or make the piece smaller to aid removal.

3. Saw patch perimeter with diamond blade concrete saw.

4. Remove concrete.

5. Prepare subgrade.

6. Form shoulder.

7. Align, drill, and install greased dowels.

8. Dampen subgrade and forms.

9. Place and vibrate concrete.

10. Screed and finish surface.

11. Edge, texture, and date patch. If station number is removed, put number back in.

12. Spray repair with curing compound.

13. Cure to strength.

14. Remove forms and repair shoulder.

15. Remove loose material and clean joints.

16. Pour liquid asphalt around joints.

17. Remove traffic control devices.


Extreme care must be exercised when working adjacent to traffic. Reference the Safety Policies, Rules & Regulations-Employee Handbook .

Other Considerations

Concrete shall be from a calibrated ready-mix plant.

References: Standard Specifications Sec 613 and Standard Plan 613.00.

613.1.8 Photographs

613 Concrete Pavement Sawing1.jpg 613 Concrete Pavement Sawing2.jpg
Concrete Pavement Sawing Concrete Pavement Sawing
613 Concrete Slab Replacement Drill Prep.jpg 613 Concrete Slab Removal Setup1.jpg
Concrete Slab Replacement Drill Prep Concrete Slab Removal Prep
613 Concrete Slab Removal Setup2.jpg 613 Concrete Slab Removal.jpg
Concrete Slab Removal Set Up Concrete Slab Removal
613 Dowel Installation.jpg 613 Completed Dowel Installation.jpg
Dowel Installation Completed Dowel Installation
613 Concrete Pour.jpg 613 Machine Finish Concrete with Bunion Tube.jpg
Concrete Pour Machine Finish Concrete with Bunion Tube
613 Concrete Hand Finish.jpg
Concrete Hand Finish