Performance Specifications for Roadway Construction and Maintenance

Performance Specifications for Roadway Construction and Maintenance


The delivery of transportation infrastructure has transitioned from method to performance-based specifications. Method specifications relied on owner expertise to dictate the materials, equipment, and methods to be used by a contractor to produce the product desired by the agency. In the late 1980s, agencies began to endorse end result specifications.  Parameters outside of the specified ranges could result in financial penalties or a requirement to remove and replace installed product 


Agencies are moving beyond quality assurance specifications that specify end product quality to Performance-Related Specifications (PRS) that specify quality in terms of desired performance over the long term. PRS is helping agencies build better, longer-lasting roads and build them more cost-effectively.  


Construction quality characteristics, such as smoothness, pavement thickness, air voids, and concrete strength, have been found to correlate with fundamental engineering properties that can predict performance. Performance related specifications describe the desired levels of these, or other, key quality characteristics and uses models to predict pavement performance. 


One of the major benefits of PRS is the ability of a contractor to be innovative in achieving the PRS objectives. They can use PRS to improve their products and methods to meet the agency objectives without the need for approval of their means and methods.  


This webinar outlines the progression of agency specifications and provides an overview of the steps necessary to adopt PRS. Examples of various types of contracts incorporating PRS as provide along with lessons learned in their adoption 


The learning objectives of this webinar include: 

  • Understand the evolution of specification systems 

  • Identify the key components necessary to develop specification systems 

  • Recognize the value of performance specifications 

  • Avoid early age deterioration or failure of pavement assets 

  • Understand the connection between performance specifications and transportation asset management 


Delivery Method:Virtual Session – Zoom Webinar   

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and upon completion a digital certificate if requested.   

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate. 

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory) – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair


Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for all levels of architects, engineers, technicians and other technical and operations staff involved in the design, construction and management of roadway transportation infrastructure.  Basic technical principles are outlined followed by case studies and real-world examples of their use and implementation.