25 May 2005
Rigid Pavement Use
Plain Concrete Pavement. Unreinforced concrete is generally the most
economical concrete airfield surface to build and maintain. Unreinforced concrete will be
used for rigid military airfield pavements unless special circumstances exist (UFC 3-
260-02) and except for the requirements for reinforced concrete in paragraph 3-18.104.22.168.
Reinforced Concrete Pavement. Reinforced concrete pavement will be
used for the following applications (UFC 3-260-02):
All irregularly shaped panels in plain jointed concrete pavement
Navy VTOL and STOL pavements
Panels with utility block-outs
Location of mismatched joints
Pavements that incorporate heating pipes
Some pavements in frost areas
Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement
Use requires approval of USACE-TSC, Air Force MAJCOM, or
NAVFAC (UFC 3-260-02).
Use for liquid oxygen (LOX) storage areas (UFC 3-260-02).
Fibrous Reinforced Pavement
Use requires prior approval of the USACE-TSC or Air Force MAJCOM
Use on airfields is prohibited by the Navy.
Prestressed Concrete Pavement. The use of prestressed concrete
pavement requires approval of USACE-TSC, Air Force MAJCOM, or NAVFAC.
Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavement
With prior approval, roller-compacted concrete pavement is allowed by
the Army and Navy and can be used for helipad and heliport
pavements and all fixed-wing pavements except for runway and high-
speed taxiways (UFC 3-260-02)
Roller-compacted concrete pavement is not allowed on Air Force
Pavements at Aircraft Arresting Systems. Changes in pavement type
or an interface between rigid and flexible pavements are not permitted within 60 m (200
ft) of arresting system cables (does not apply to sacrificial polyethylene pads or system