ODOT: Evaluation of Partial Depth Pavement Repairs on Routes Heavily Traveled by Amish Horse and Bug


Evaluation of Partial Depth Pavement Repairs on Routes Heavily Traveled by Amish Horse and Buggies

ODOT’s Research Section has announced completion of this evaluation, which will be discussed at the ODOT Central Office in April (details below).

Date:                  Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time:                  9:30am – 11:00am (ET)
Researchers:     Sang Soo Kim (Ohio University) and Munir Nazzal (University of Cincinnati) 
Location:            ODOT Central Office, Meeting Room 1C – 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43223

A smooth pavement surface with good skid resistance is necessary for comfortable and safe travel of the public. To preserve these characteristics, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) performs routine repairs on roadways in Ohio. Roadways in Ohio with heavy buggy traffic see more frequent partial depth repairs as it encounters more damage. This is typically seen in areas with Amish communities that use buggies pulled by horses as their means for travel. The goal of this research was to improve the service life of partial depth repairs performed on state routes and local roads with Amish buggy traffic.

Specific goals for this project were:

1.    To document ODOT current practices for partial depth repairs performed on roadways with and without Amish buggy traffic; 
2.    To identify alternative methods and mixtures and their combination that can be used to improve the performance and service life of partial depth repairs performed on Amish buggy routes in Ohio; 
3.    To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of identified alternative material and repair methods;
4.    To identify all possible changes that could be made to the horses or buggies to mitigate their damage to pavement structures; and 
5.    To develop longer lasting repairs for state routes and local roadways in Ohio particularly those with high buggy traffic.

The Research results presentation is open for in-person or webinar participation.  You must attend in person at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Central Office location to receive a CPD credit. There is no fee to participate; however, registration is required by 2:00 pm on Monday, March 30, 2020.


You will receive an email confirming your registration. Certificates of attendance will be made available upon request for those attending in person. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact the ODOT Research Section.