Date of Award

Fall 2011

Project Type


Program or Major

Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Jo S Daniel


Many state highway agencies are in the process of transitioning pavement design procedures from the empirical AASHTO design to the new M-E PDG. The New England states and New York initiated NETC Project 06-1 to gather more information about the new design and to make the implementation process smoother. The objective of this project was to evaluate which of the Level 2 and 3 input variables require state specific information, which of the national default values are acceptable for the M-E PDG in New England and New York states, what variables are available and collected by the state agencies, and for which regional or local calibration will be necessary. This study identified critical state specific factors affecting predicted flexible pavement distresses and roughness and to what level. This thesis presents data, analysis, state specific recommendations, and general conclusions for the states of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.