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Typical ranges of pavement for Fire Stations

Typical ranges of pavement for Fire Stations

Typical ranges of pavement for Fire Stations

I have recently been asked to design pavement sections for the parking lots and driveways of several fire stations in the southeast Michigan area. We will be performing soil borings at the sites so I can determine the existing subgrade soil properties. The problem is that no traffic information has been provided so determining ESAL's will be difficult. In my research, I have not run across any projects that design for asphalt pavement. Is asphalt ever used in such cases? I am looking for advice from someone with more experience in this area.

RE: Typical ranges of pavement for Fire Stations

Using ashpalt in areas where the axle wieght is high and the loads are channalized, is not a good idea as rutting will quickly occur.  That is why concrete is generally used in locations such as fire houses.

I would use the local standard for a residential street for the driveway and something between 4 and 6 inches for the parking area.  Provide good drainage in the base layer and a joint spacing of not more than the thickness of the pavement in feet and you should be in good shape.

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