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October 2008Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-09-007

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National Conference to Spotlight Safer, Smoother, and Longer Lasting Concrete Pavements

Strategies for extending the service life of concrete pavements and improving both safety and pavement smoothness is the theme of the upcoming National Conference on Preservation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements, scheduled for April 22-24, 2009, in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will focus on preservation treatments, repair and restoration activities, and rehabilitation techniques (PRR) that can extend the useful life of concrete pavements at the lowest life-cycle costs. A preconference workshop on Concrete Pavement Preservation will be held on April 21.

"In today's environment, when highway agencies must contend with shrinking budgets even while traffic growth and public expectations remain high, it is important that the limited funds available to maintain our highway systems be used in an optimum manner," says Conference Steering Committee member Shiraz Tayabji of Fugro Consultants, Inc. "Sound corrective measures performed in a timely manner can greatly extend the service life of existing concrete pavements."

"The national conference is a great opportunity to see the many ways that the concrete industry has been and continues to use pavement preservation techniques successfully. This is especially important at a time when highway departments are dealing with major funding concerns,"says Matt Ross, Executive Director of the Missouri/Kansas chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association.

Figure 7. Photo. A precast concrete pavement slab is lifted into place by a crane. A worker is to the left of the slab.
The National Conference on Preservation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements will focus on techniques for extending the useful life of concrete pavements, including using precast pavements for rapid rehabilitation.

The conference is being organized as part of the technology transfer activities for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Concrete Pavement Technology Program. Conference sponsors also include the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Concrete Pavement Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, International Society for Concrete Pavements, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Portland Cement Association, and the Transportation Research Board.

"With the large inventory of concrete pavements in Missouri, MoDOT has a vested interest in their preservation. Implementing cost-effective means of repair and rehabilitation validates our commitment to provide the best value for every dollar spent on behalf of Missouri citizens," says Dave Ahlvers, State Construction and Materials Engineer for MoDOT. "We are proud to host this national conference in St. Louis and welcome all fellow DOT, Federal, industry, consultant, and academia members to participate and share experiences that can aid and enhance each other's delivery of vital restoration techniques."

Conference topics will include:

  • Optimizing concrete pavement preservation strategies.
  • Best practices for concrete pavement PRR.
  • The decisionmaking process for concrete pavement PRR: Where, when, and why.
  • Alternative delivery methods for PRR projects.
  • Mitigation of materials-related distress.
  • Traffic management considerations.
  • Repair material and equipment requirements for ensuring successful repairs.
  • Accelerated construction techniques.
  • Forensic investigations.

Related case studies will highlight successful projects from around the country.

The conference is aimed at Federal, State, and municipal engineers; consulting engineers; contractors; materials suppliers; and members of academia.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/concrete/2009CPTPconf.cfm. Information is also available by contacting Shiraz Tayabji at Fugro Consultants, Inc., 410-997-9020 (email: stayabji@aol.com), or Sam Tyson at FHWA, 202-366-1326 (email: sam.tyson@fhwa.dot.gov). To learn more about the Concrete Pavement Technology Program, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/concrete/focus.cfm.

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