The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the first agency in the U.S. to test European pavement technology on a major interstate highway. With funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration, MDOT has built 1 mile of a 2.1-mile section of northbound I-75 to European standards. The remaining 1.1 miles, built to conventional Michigan pavement design, will serve as a control or comparison section. Travelers in Europe seldom see the kind of serious deterioration that exists on U.S. streets and highways. With this in mind, several U.S. pavement authorities visited Europe in 1992 to learn why roads fare better there, even though permitted axle loads are higher and traffic is denser. European pavement construction stresses high-quality design, material, and construction, in contrast to the U.S. objectives of lower first cost and shorter construction time. As traffic flows over the test section, MDOT's ongoing program will evaluate surface friction, tire noise, ride quality, and surface distress. Measuring seasonal deflections will help investigators determine differences in structural capacity and predict the life expectancy of the two sections. The data gathered will help determine cost-effectiveness of the two pavement types.