Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009 - (Page 41)

Stimulus Package Boosts Preservation in Northeast By Ed Block, P.E. he highway infrastructure component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) presents all states with a choice of funding capital projects, or pavement preservation. Thus many state DOT members of the Northeast Pavement Preservation Partnership (NEPPP) have benefited by being able to steer some of these funds toward pavement preservation projects. Both agency-specific and external forces are likely to influence the project selection process for ARRA funding, yet pavement preservation presents several benefits regardless of the situation and decision process. First, ARRA funding gives impetus to pavement preservation for those agencies that have chronically or severely underfunded programs, and have not been able to implement preservation in their jurisdiction. And for those agencies that have already implemented or decided to implement preservation, ARRA funding can accelerate the transition time to a preservation-driven pavement program. Second, from an economic stimulus perspective, preservation projects are by their nature simpler and can benefit from a quicker engineering and approval process, so they can have a more immediate impact on the local economy. Further, the multiplier effect of the increased road construction activity is felt far beyond the pavements. Even if an agency has decided to fund capital improvement projects, there is room to implement pavement preservation for a small part of the ARRA-funded program. Some treatments, like crack sealing, can be developed, bid and awarded quickly, in time for ARRA obligation and construction-completion guidelines. This makes preservation an ideal vehicle to responsibly but expeditiously invest stimulus funding that remains toward the end of the program. There are several examples of the different ways in which ARRA has contributed to the development of a stimulus construction program in the Northeast region. The New Hampshire DOT utilized approximately $66 million of its $129 million dedicated to highway and bridge projects to fund 10 Interstate and six district preservation/ resurfacing type projects. This allowed NH DOT essentially to triple its preservation program from 250 miles to 750 miles. This was a welcomed increase, as New Hampshire was losing ground due to the recent increases in asphalt cement prices. The New York State DOT used about $45 million of ARRA funds for pavement preservation type projects on approximately 600 lane miles of eligible pavements. Types T In September 2009, in Norwich, Conn., Route 2 east- and westbound was fine-milled and overlaid with ultra-thin hot-mix asphalt treatment using ARRA (economic stimulus) funding of pavement preservation projects in New York included single course hot mix asphalt overlays, cold recycling of asphalt concrete pavements, paver-placed surface treatments, micro surfacing and crack sealing. The Rhode Island DOT is allocating $8 million for crack seals, chip seals, thin overlays, in-place reclamation and an innovative system consisting of thin overlay with a rubberized chip seal used as a stress-absorbing membrane interlayer (SAMI). At the Connecticut DOT, approximately $19 million of the $200 million dedicated to state highways has been set aside for pavement preservation projects, consisting of two mill-and-inlay projects and over 140 lanemiles of crack sealing and filling on expressways. In addition, the municipalities in two northeast regional planning agencies have selected to engineer and build pavement preservation projects. Elsewhere throughout the region, each state highway agency has, in one form or another, incorporated some component of pavement preservation into the stimulus infrastructure program. Even without an economic-stimulus program, pavement preservation is simply good pavement-engineering practice. But the advent of the ARRA provides a unique opportunity for agencies to demonstrate the effectiveness of pavement preservation. Block is affiliated with the Pavement Management Unit, Connecticut DOT, and is chair, Northeast Pavement Preservation Partnership. Winter 2009 pavement preservation journal 41 PARTNERSHIPS PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Block

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009
President’s Message
International Preservation Conference to Feature Flexible, Rigid Pavements
A Tribute to Jim Sorenson
Add Pavement Preservation to Boost Pavement Management
L.A. Street Preservation: It’s For, and About, the Public
StreetSaver Software Key to Bay Area Asset Management, Regional Fund Distribution
Integrating Pavement Preservation Practices
Revised Manual Provides Basics of Asphalt in Preservation
International Road Federation Hears from Lone Star State on Pavement Preservation
Iowa State Hosts Grad Course in System Asset Management
A New FP2 for Changing Times
Stimulus Package Boosts Preservation in Northeast
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009