Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012 - (Page 10)

CENTERS National Preservation Conference: Make Plans Now M ake plans now to attend the biggest event of the year in pavement preservation this summer! Nashville should prove to be a welcome venue for delegates attending the first National Pavement Preservation Conference Aug. 27-30, 2012. Planning for the event is well advanced and is on track for a memorable gathering. The event will be noteworthy as major pavement preservation partnerships will hold concurrent meetings. The fi rst morning of the conference will feature four concurrent meetings of the Midwestern, Northeast, Rocky Mountain West, and Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnerships, to be followed by the conference’s opening plenary session. All delegates are cordially invited to attend any of the four regional partnership meeting sessions. The Organizing Committee has done an outstanding job in attracting prominent keynote speakers who have confi rmed invitations to present, including: TENNESSEE DOT WILL RECEIVE SORENSON AWARD AT NPPC The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be presented with FP2, Inc.’s James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation for 2011 during the National Pavement Preservation Conference in Nashville Aug. 27-30. Tennessee DOT is being honored for its outstanding advocacy for, and implementation of, its statewide pavement preservation program. In only four years — between 2007 and 2011 — Tennessee DOT transitioned from an almost exclusively hot mix asphalt resurfacing program to one that incorporates pavement preservation principles. In the midst of Tennessee’s budget shortfalls, agency champions explained the pavement preservation’s concept of treating more lane miles with less money to government officials. Through correspondence with the FHWA, they gained additional funding dedicated to pavement preservation, in addition to support from the state’s general assembly. The department provided detailed pavement management systems data to prove the case for future network condition, and worked with the local hot mix industry to develop new specifications for thin hot mix overlays to gain its buy-in to the program. These thin hot-mix overlays now have become another routine pavement preservation treatment used in Tennessee. By examining the remaining service life of their routes in terms of Lane-Mile-Years, staff has been able to determine the number of lane-miles that need to be treated or paved each year to maintain balance between pavement condition improvement and pavement degradation. While total equilibrium between the two has not yet been achieved, the numbers show an improvement of nearly 10 percent between the years 2009-2011. This is a direct result of the implementation of their pavement preservation program. Intended to recognize agency pavement preservation, the Sorenson award is usually, but not always, presented to city and county agencies. To nominate an agency, please include a brief write-up of how the agency gained acceptance and support for its pavement preservation program; how long the program has been in existence, any special or unique public awareness actions; press releases; the contact person in the agency; and the person or firm making the nomination. Criteria to evaluate candidate agencies include: process used to gain acceptance by elected officials, general public, employees, and industry (40 percent); how well the program relates to the theme of The Right Treatment, for the Right Road, at the Right Time (20 percent); tangible improvement in their system (20 percent); techniques used to keep public notified of what is being done and why (10 percent); and uniqueness of program (10 percent). For more information, or to submit nominations, please contact FP2’s executive director, Jim Moulthrop, at 7400 Anaqua Drive, Austin, Tex., 78750, or by e-mail at 10 View past issues of the Pavement Preservation Journal online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012

President’s Message
National Preservation Conference: Make Plans Now
Pavement Preservation is ‘Sustainable’ Choice
Deck Micro Surfacing Cuts Accidents, Wins Award
Enhanced Fog Seals Boost Chip Retention
Sophisticated ‘Seal Coats’ Enhance Texas DOT Pavement Preservation
Rejuvenating Treatment Preserves Runway, Grooving
Fine-Mill Pavements for Smooth Thin Overlays
Puerto Rico, Southeast States Focus on Preservation
Maryland Identifies Right Fix for Right Road, Right Time
‘Thin is In’ for New Texas Center Courses
Why to Cut Back on Cutback Asphalt
Test Sections Constructed at Virginia Smart Road
Ground Penetrating Radar Fills Gaps in PMS

Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012