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Pavement Preservation Resources Offer "How-To" Guidance

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Learn more about pavement preservation practices that are working nationwide by consulting the many new resources, ranging from guidance checklists to CDs, available from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Covers of pavement preservation resources available from FHWA, including: 'Pavement Preservation 2, State of the Practice' CD; 'National Pavement Preservation Forum II: Investing in the Future' CD; and the 'Pavement Preservation Compendium'.

Two new CDs produced by FHWA and the Foundation for Pavement Preservation (FP2) look at pavement preservation in action across the country. The first CD, Pavement Preservation 2: State of the Practice, contains policies, guidance, and technical information from California, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Dakota. The CD provides a range of information, from guidelines for statewide preservation programs to examples of innovative funding approaches. Also included are "how-to" technical manuals and details on training courses, videos, fact sheets, and other useful resources.

National Pavement Preservation Forum II: Investing in the Future (Publication No. FHWA-IF-03-019), meanwhile, includes papers and presentations from the 2001 Forum hosted by the California Department of Transportation and FP2 in San Diego, California. The CD covers such topics as introducing new pavement preservation products and techniques, establishing partnerships, integrating pavement preservation into pavement management systems, and performing education and outreach.

For step-by-step guidance on the use of innovative pavement preventive maintenance processes, turn to FHWA's and FP2's series of pavement preservation checklists. Topics in the series to date are:

  • Crack Seal Application (Publication No. FHWA-IF-02-005)
  • Chip Seal Application (Publication No. FHWA-IF-02-046)
  • Thin Hot-Mix Asphalt Overlay (Publication No. FHWA-IF-02-049)
  • Fog Seal Application (Publication No. FHWA-IF-03-001)
  • Microsurfacing Application (Publication No. FHWA-IF-03-002)
  • Joint Sealing of Portland Cement Concrete Pavements (Publication No. FHWA-IF-03-003)

The checklists take users through such steps as project review, material checks, surface preparation, equipment inspections, weather requirements, and common problems and solutions.

For information on the scope of pavement preservation activities underway in States from California to Michigan to North Carolina, consult FHWA's Pavement Preservation Compendium (Publication No. FHWA-IF-03-21), which presents articles, papers, and other reference material on accomplishments to date and future needs. The Compendium also highlights the importance of taking research on innovative and effective system preservation technologies to a higher level. To date, research has lagged behind the demand for knowledge.

To obtain copies of the CDs, checklists, or Compendium, contact Steve Mueller in FHWA's Office of Asset Management, 202-366-1557 (email: steve.mueller@fhwa.dot.gov),* the National Center for Pavement Preservation at 517-432-8220 (email: hahnp@egr.msu.edu), or your local FHWA Division Office. For additional information on pavement preservation, visit the Web sites listed in the sidebar.

Reprinted from Focus, March 2004.

*The FHWA contact for copies of resources or current information on this topic is Joe Gregory, 202-366-1557 (email: joseph.gregory@dot.gov).

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