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September 2001Publication Number: FHWA-RD-01-067

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Keeping Good Roads Good

From using innovative contracting procedures for maintenance work to developing partnerships for pavement preservation programs, the National Pavement Preservation Forum II will look at both the state-of-the-practice for pavement preservation and what the future holds. Scheduled for November 6-8, 2001, in San Diego, California, the event is a follow-up to the 1998 Forum for the Future, which drew 120 participants from 32 States and Canada. The event is being sponsored by the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Federal Highway Administration, and the California Department of Transportation.

Pavement preservation involves the timely application of carefully selected surface treatments to maintain or extend a pavement's service life. An effective pavement preservation program includes the use of a range of preventive maintenance techniques and strategies, such as fog seals, slurry seals, thin lift overlays, and crack sealing. The key is to apply the treatments when the pavement is still in good condition, with no structural damage.

The Forum's general session will cover such topics as pavement preservation goals, best practices, and achieving customer satisfaction. Participants can then choose from nine breakout sessions on subjects ranging from how to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of pavement treatments to introducing new products and techniques to your agency. A session on Innovative Contracts will cover incentives, fast-track construction, and end result specifications, among other topics, while "Toolboxes for Treatments" will provide an overview of pavement management treatments that are successfully being used in pavement preservation programs across the country.

For more information or to register, contact the Foundation for Pavement Preservation at 703-533-0251. You can also download a registration form and preliminary program from the Web at www.fp2.org.

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