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Puerto Rico, Southeast States Focus on Preservation By Larry Galehouse, P.E. M ore agencies than ever before are adding pavement preservation treatments and developing preservation strategies that safeguard their highway/road investments. The National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) has long advocated that preservation is the logical approach to achieve improved pavement and bridge conditions within tight budget constraints. Recently, the NCPP and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) aided the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in taking a significant step forward toward implementing a preservation program for the island’s highway system. Alvin Gutierrez, area and materials engineer, FHWA Puerto Rico Division, and Luis Rodriguez, Pavement & Materials Team leader, FHWA Resource Center in Atlanta, were instrumental in helping to establish a strong working relationship between the Puerto Rico DOT and the island’s contracting community to advance preservation. By working cooperatively with the Puerto Rico DOT, FHWA, and the local contracting community, the NCPP developed an ambitious agenda that included a day-long field review of island roads and bridges and two days of workshops geared for the DOT, local agencies, and island contractors and suppliers. Several mainland industry experts assisted the effort. They included Rod Birdsall, All States Asphalt Inc.; Colin Durante, Pavement Technologies Inc.; Jim Moulthrop, FP2 Inc.; Mike Polak, E.J. Breneman, LP; Larry Scofield, International Grooving & Grinding Association; and Mike Stenko, Transpo Industries, Inc. Each of these experts generously gave of their time to make workshop presentations of various preservation treatments and products available to the agencies. On the day after the workshop, representatives of the Puerto Rico DOT, FHWA, and NCPP met to develop a series of time-critical action steps to move preservation into the strategic mainstream of the island’s highway road practice. More information about the Puerto Rico workshops is available at puerto-rico-workshops. SOUTHEAST STATES UNITE In Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, the NCPP has successfully launched pavement preservation councils focused on the promotion of pavement preservation principles through education for local agencies. The vision was realized through the hard work of Chuck Williams, Kisinger Campo & Associates, Inc., and like-minded contractors and suppliers in Florida. Since its beginning, for the Florida Pavement Preservation Council (FPPC), the NCPP has provided numerous briefings and classes for hundreds of local agency personnel sponsored by the council in an atmosphere free of proprietary interests. And the new Georgia-Carolina Pavement Preservation Council (GCPPC) is gaining a foothold with the assistance of Georgia council coordinator, Bill Evans, and South Carolina council coordinator Huley Shumpert. The NCPP and the council members aim to meet the needs of local agencies and improve their knowledge and expertise in pavement preservation. Plans are underway to launch new councils as interest grows. For more information about the councils, link to CHINA JOINT VENTURE PROBED In December 2011, Larry Galehouse, NCPP, traveled to China and discussed a potential joint venture for pavement preservation research in a series of meetings held in Beijing with the China Highway & Transportation Society, Maintenance & Management Chapter, and the Research Institute of the Highway Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese expressed strong interest in partnering with the NCPP and the AASHTO TSP•2 to establish a national pavement preservation test program. The society requested a cooperative working agreement which was signed with the NCPP. Galehouse, representing the NCPP, traveled to Shenyang by arrangement and met with two principal pavement research laboratories in China: the Liaoning Transportation Research Institute and Shandong Transportation Institute. Both institutes strongly endorsed a pavement preservation test program. A joint venture with China could be the first cooperative venture of this nature, and a high profile win-win for pavement preservation. The Chinese highway authorities have shown a strong collaborative interest and will proceed to refine research objectives, draft a work plan, implement and monitor a test program, and eventually exchange information. As more information becomes available, it may be accessed by contacting Galehouse is executive director, National Center for Pavement Preservation, Okemos, Mich. Spring 2012 pavement preservation journal 33 CENTERS

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