Accelerated Performance Testing on the 2021 NCAT Pavement Test Track with MnROAD Research Partnership

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(469)
Lead Organization: Alabama Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Mar 01, 2021
Solicitation Number: 1549
Partners: AL, FHWA, FL, GADOT, KY, MS, NC, NY, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $13,376,748.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Virgil Clifton
cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Phone: 334-353-6944
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Derek Nener-Plante
derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Phone: 202-763-4017
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2021 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2022 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2023 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2024 $250,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $370,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2022 $250,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2023 $250,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $166,667.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $166,667.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $166,666.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2023 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $50,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2021 $466,667.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2022 $416,667.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2021 $416,667.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2022 $416,667.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $640,083.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $633,333.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $633,334.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

The NCAT Pavement Test Track was originally constructed as a result of interest and support

from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) who shared a concern for building and

preserving safe, sustainable, resilient, and cost-effective pavement infrastructure. Track research

operations began in the summer of 2000. Forty-six 200-ft test sections were subjected to 10

million equivalent single axle loadings (ESALs) of heavy truck traffic through December of

2002. Test sections were rebuilt in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018 with 10 million

ESALs applied within each 3-year research cycle. NCAT began formally partnering with the

Minnesota Road Research Project (MnROAD) in 2015 to execute nationally relevant research in

both mix performance testing and pavement preservation. Positive experiences with

implementable findings that reduce the life cycle cost of flexible pavements and facilitate rapid

deployment of sustainable technologies have made this research an outstanding investment for

numerous state DOTs, who pool their resources to share the cost of construction, operations, and

research in a cooperative manner. The summer 2021 rebuild is the starting point for the eighth

research cycle, with many high reward research options available for potential sponsors. NCAT

is again partnering with MnROAD in the 2021 research cycle to execute a pavement

performance experiment with nationwide implementation impact.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the pooled fund project described herein will be:

1. Constructing experimental pavements on the existing 1.7-mile NCAT test oval and the

MnROAD mainline bypass that are representative of in-service roadways on the open

transportation infrastructure;

2. Applying accelerated performance truck traffic after construction for the duration of the

3-year research cycle;

3. Assessing/comparing the functional and structural field performance of trafficked

sections on a regular basis via surface and subsurface measures;

4. Validating/calibrating new and existing methodologies for analysis and design using

pavement surface condition, pavement load response, precise traffic and environmental

logging, and cumulative damage;

5. Correlating field results with laboratory data for both mix and structural performance;

and

6. Answering practical questions posed by research sponsors through formal (i.e., reports

and technical papers) and informal (e.g., one-on-one responses to sponsor inquiries)

technology transfer. For example, can pavement thickness be reduced as a result of the

addition of premium mix additives, and if so does the thickness reduction offset the

additional cost of construction?

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the pooled fund project will include:

1. Hauling materials to the project from offsite locations. Material donations are typically

secured by state sponsors, while reasonable hauling expenses are handled by the pooled

fund;

2. Rebuilding sections in accordance with sponsors’ directives via competitively bid

subcontracts administered by NCAT. It is anticipated that aggregate hauling, liquid

asphalt supply and delivery, rental of select construction equipment, plant production,

and mix placement may all be procured via competitively bid subcontracts;

3. Installing both environmental (i.e., multi-depth pavement temperature probes) and

response instrumentation (i.e., high speed stress and strain gages) in new experimental

sections;

4. Operating a 5-truck heavy triple-trailer fleet in order to apply accelerated truck traffic on

the NCAT test oval following the completion of construction. Human drivers operate

NCAT vehicles in order to best induce representative vehicle wander, but it is expected

that autonomous vehicles will be implemented in the future. Interstate traffic is used to

load test sections at MnROAD;

5. Safely measuring field performance (e.g., rutting, roughness, texture, cracking,

deflection, friction, etc.) on a regular basis when traffic is suspended/bypassed to fully

document changes in surface condition as a function of traffic and temperature. Highspeed

pavement response will also be measured on a routine basis;

6. Conducting laboratory testing to quantify basic material and mix performance properties,

which will serve as the basis of performance model development; and

7. Comparing predicted and measured pavement response as well as predicted and

measured cumulative pavement damage in order to validate then calibrate prevailing

analysis and design methodologies.

Comments

This project is expected to be eligible for 100% SP&R funding. Each sponsor participating in the study is asked to contribute funding as a function of the scope of their selected research. The cost to participate varies as follows according to the amount of effort required:

- Sections Utilizing “Non-Structural Continuation” Option (also surface treatments on existing sections) @ $83,333 per existing perpetual section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $250,000;

- Sections Utilizing “Structural Continuation” Option (including high-speed response data collection) @ $100,000 per existing structural section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $300,000;

- Sections Utilizing “Mill and Inlay for Surface Performance” Option @ $166,667 per new mill/inlay section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $500,000; and

- Sections Utilizing “Structural Performance” Option (also applies to Additive Group (AG) Study) @ $250,000 per new structural section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $750,000.

- Research for Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Development Option that is complementary to the various technologies selected for inclusion in the AG study @ $120,000 in FY21.

Funding requirements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, if project costs increase unexpectedly (e.g., fuel) either a proportionate amount of additional funding or a reduced scope of work may be required. Items purchased through the pooled fund for the execution of this study (regardless of whether it can be categorized as “equipment” or “supplies” by research sponsors) may be retained by Auburn University. Please visit the project websites at www.pavetrack.com and www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad/ for additional information.

Subjects: Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo for TPF-5(469) 931-041P “Accelerated Testing on the 2021 NCAT Pavement Test Track wi Memorandum Public

Accelerated Performance Testing on the 2021 NCAT Pavement Test Track with MnROAD Research Partnership

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(469)
Lead Organization: Alabama Department of Transportation
Contract Start Date: Mar 01, 2021
Solicitation Number: 1549
Partners: AL, FHWA, FL, GADOT, KY, MS, NC, NY, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $13,376,748.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Virgil Clifton
cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Phone: 334-353-6944
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Derek Nener-Plante
derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Phone: 202-763-4017
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alabama Department of Transportation 2021 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2022 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2023 $500,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Alabama Department of Transportation 2024 $250,000.00 Calvin Smith Virgil Clifton 334-353-6944 cliftonv@dot.state.al.us
Federal Highway Administration 2021 $370,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2022 $250,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Federal Highway Administration 2023 $250,000.00 Derek Nener-Plante Derek Nener-Plante (202)763-4017 derek.nenerplante@dot.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Howard Moseley Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $166,667.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $166,667.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $166,666.00 Peter Wu Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2021 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2022 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2023 $166,667.00 David Hacker Jarrod Stanley (502) 782-4090 jarrod.stanley@ky.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $483,333.00 Cindy Smith Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2023 $250,000.00 Mike Heim Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $150,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2024 $50,000.00 Matthew Hilderbran Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Oklahoma Transportation 2021 $466,667.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2022 $416,667.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
Oklahoma Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Kevin Suitor Ron Curb (405)420-9163 rcurb@odot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2021 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2022 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
South Carolina Department of Transportation 2023 $100,000.00 Cliff Selkinghaus, Terry Swygert 803-737-6691 SwygertTL@scdot.org
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2021 $416,667.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2022 $416,667.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2023 $416,666.00 Heather Hall Melanie Murphy 615-253-2158 melanie.murphy@tn.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $640,083.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $633,333.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2023 $633,334.00 Enad Mahmoud Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2021 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2022 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Transportation 2023 $350,000.00 Brian Diefenderfer Bill Kelsh 434-293-1934 Bill.Kelsh@VDOT.Virginia.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The NCAT Pavement Test Track was originally constructed as a result of interest and support

from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) who shared a concern for building and

preserving safe, sustainable, resilient, and cost-effective pavement infrastructure. Track research

operations began in the summer of 2000. Forty-six 200-ft test sections were subjected to 10

million equivalent single axle loadings (ESALs) of heavy truck traffic through December of

2002. Test sections were rebuilt in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018 with 10 million

ESALs applied within each 3-year research cycle. NCAT began formally partnering with the

Minnesota Road Research Project (MnROAD) in 2015 to execute nationally relevant research in

both mix performance testing and pavement preservation. Positive experiences with

implementable findings that reduce the life cycle cost of flexible pavements and facilitate rapid

deployment of sustainable technologies have made this research an outstanding investment for

numerous state DOTs, who pool their resources to share the cost of construction, operations, and

research in a cooperative manner. The summer 2021 rebuild is the starting point for the eighth

research cycle, with many high reward research options available for potential sponsors. NCAT

is again partnering with MnROAD in the 2021 research cycle to execute a pavement

performance experiment with nationwide implementation impact.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the pooled fund project described herein will be:

1. Constructing experimental pavements on the existing 1.7-mile NCAT test oval and the

MnROAD mainline bypass that are representative of in-service roadways on the open

transportation infrastructure;

2. Applying accelerated performance truck traffic after construction for the duration of the

3-year research cycle;

3. Assessing/comparing the functional and structural field performance of trafficked

sections on a regular basis via surface and subsurface measures;

4. Validating/calibrating new and existing methodologies for analysis and design using

pavement surface condition, pavement load response, precise traffic and environmental

logging, and cumulative damage;

5. Correlating field results with laboratory data for both mix and structural performance;

and

6. Answering practical questions posed by research sponsors through formal (i.e., reports

and technical papers) and informal (e.g., one-on-one responses to sponsor inquiries)

technology transfer. For example, can pavement thickness be reduced as a result of the

addition of premium mix additives, and if so does the thickness reduction offset the

additional cost of construction?

Scope of Work

The scope of work for the pooled fund project will include:

1. Hauling materials to the project from offsite locations. Material donations are typically

secured by state sponsors, while reasonable hauling expenses are handled by the pooled

fund;

2. Rebuilding sections in accordance with sponsors’ directives via competitively bid

subcontracts administered by NCAT. It is anticipated that aggregate hauling, liquid

asphalt supply and delivery, rental of select construction equipment, plant production,

and mix placement may all be procured via competitively bid subcontracts;

3. Installing both environmental (i.e., multi-depth pavement temperature probes) and

response instrumentation (i.e., high speed stress and strain gages) in new experimental

sections;

4. Operating a 5-truck heavy triple-trailer fleet in order to apply accelerated truck traffic on

the NCAT test oval following the completion of construction. Human drivers operate

NCAT vehicles in order to best induce representative vehicle wander, but it is expected

that autonomous vehicles will be implemented in the future. Interstate traffic is used to

load test sections at MnROAD;

5. Safely measuring field performance (e.g., rutting, roughness, texture, cracking,

deflection, friction, etc.) on a regular basis when traffic is suspended/bypassed to fully

document changes in surface condition as a function of traffic and temperature. Highspeed

pavement response will also be measured on a routine basis;

6. Conducting laboratory testing to quantify basic material and mix performance properties,

which will serve as the basis of performance model development; and

7. Comparing predicted and measured pavement response as well as predicted and

measured cumulative pavement damage in order to validate then calibrate prevailing

analysis and design methodologies.

Comments

This project is expected to be eligible for 100% SP&R funding. Each sponsor participating in the study is asked to contribute funding as a function of the scope of their selected research. The cost to participate varies as follows according to the amount of effort required:

- Sections Utilizing “Non-Structural Continuation” Option (also surface treatments on existing sections) @ $83,333 per existing perpetual section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $250,000;

- Sections Utilizing “Structural Continuation” Option (including high-speed response data collection) @ $100,000 per existing structural section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $300,000;

- Sections Utilizing “Mill and Inlay for Surface Performance” Option @ $166,667 per new mill/inlay section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $500,000; and

- Sections Utilizing “Structural Performance” Option (also applies to Additive Group (AG) Study) @ $250,000 per new structural section per year for 3 years (FY 2021 - FY 2023) for a total of $750,000.

- Research for Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Development Option that is complementary to the various technologies selected for inclusion in the AG study @ $120,000 in FY21.

Funding requirements are based on reasonable assumptions; however, if project costs increase unexpectedly (e.g., fuel) either a proportionate amount of additional funding or a reduced scope of work may be required. Items purchased through the pooled fund for the execution of this study (regardless of whether it can be categorized as “equipment” or “supplies” by research sponsors) may be retained by Auburn University. Please visit the project websites at www.pavetrack.com and www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad/ for additional information.

Subjects: Pavement Design, Management, and Performance

Title File/Link Type Private
Acceptance Memo Acceptance Memo for TPF-5(469) 931-041P “Accelerated Testing on the 2021 NCAT Pavement Test Track wi Memorandum Public

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