National Center for Asphalt Technology Test Track

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Location: Auburn, AL
Client: Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) test track provides a venue to test materials, designs, and construction methods that maximize pavement performance and minimize repairs without sacrificing safety.  The track, on 109 acres of land donated by Auburn University, has been responsible for improvements to asphalt pavements across the county for more than two decades.

Nine state departments of transportation from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, and Oklahoma, as well as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), contributed to the project. A portable asphalt plant produces the various asphalt mixes required, which are tested for safety, cost savings and comfort.

Volkert provided Auburn University with a survey, plat, and real estate services, followed by the design of the track, laboratory/administration and classroom facilities, entrance and access roads, entrance and exit ramps, parking facilities, drainage design, electrical design, and construction observation. Additional services included the development of a master plan layout, vertical and horizontal geometry, parking area grading plans, paving design and striping, stormwater permits, and plan reviews.

Five heavily loaded tractor-trailers circle the 1.7-mile track five days a week, 16 hours a day providing an opportunity to evaluate pavements in a safe, controlled environment before they are used on public roadways.

The NCAT Test Track has been recognized with numerous engineering awards:

  • State of Alabama ENGINEERING HALL OF FAME – 2003
  • Alabama Section, American Society of Civil Engineers 150th ANNIVERSARY HONOR ROLL FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING – 2002
  • American Consulting Engineers Council of Alabama HONORABLE MENTION – 2001
  • Alabama Section, American Society of Civil Engineers OUTSTANDING CIVIL ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – 1999-2000

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Scope of Work: Survey Services, ROW Services, Roadway Design, Facility Design, Master Plan Layout, Electrical Design, Permit Compliance, Drainage Design