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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / March 2002

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-02-008
Date: March 2002

In Brief

The 2-day course, Pavement Preservation: Selecting Pavements for Preventive Maintenance (Course No. 131058), is currently available upon request from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI). The course focuses on selecting the right pavement for preservation treatments and evaluating the performance of these treatments under various field conditions. Field managers and practitioners from Government and industry can learn to identify pavement conditions that suggest whether preventive maintenance is appropriate; identify feasible treatments for the selected pavement; and select appropriate treatments based on consideration of life-cycle cost, improved performance, anticipated benefits, and other factors. For scheduling information, contact the NHI scheduler, 703-235-0528 (email: nhi.scheduler@fhwa.dot.gov). For technical information on the course, contact Julie Trunk at FHWA, 202-366-1557 (email: julie.trunk@fhwa.dot.gov). More information is also available at the NHI Web site (http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/).

NHI has recently updated the course Work Zone Traffic Control for Maintenance and Operations on Rural Highways (Course No. 380060) to conform with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2000 Millennium Edition. This 1-day course is designed to train State, county, and utility personnel to properly plan and operate traffic control measures for short-term utility and maintenance areas. Students learn the proper use of traffic control devices, proper flagging procedures, and how to minimize the liability exposure for agencies performing utility and maintenance operations. For scheduling information, contact the NHI scheduler, 703-235-0528 (email: nhi.scheduler@fhwa.dot.gov). For more information, contact William Williams at FHWA, 703-235-0539 (email: bill.williams@fhwa.dot.gov).

You can now find many of FHWA's transportation asset management resources, including reports, software, presentations, publications, and fact sheets, on one easy-to-use CD. Asset Management: Tools for Implementation contains information on topics such as accelerated reconstruction techniques, data integration, pavement preservation, and life-cycle cost analysis. Highway managers, construction engineers, economic planners, and policy makers will find this CD helpful in the advancement and implementation of asset management principles. For more information, to request a copy of the CD, or to obtain printed versions of documents on the CD, contact Thomas Van in FHWA's Office of Asset Management, 202-366-1341 (fax: 202-366-9981; email: thomas.van@fhwa.dot.gov).

Act now before it's too late. Submissions are still being accepted for the third International Contest on Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Data Analysis. Sponsored by FHWA, in association with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the contest is designed to encourage university students and professors from around the world to use the LTPP database for research, class projects, and Master's and Doctoral theses. Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Partnership (for students working with public or private organizations), and Curriculum (for professors who integrate the LTPP database into their class curriculum). Award winners will also be recognized at an ASCE meeting and the Transportation Research Board annual meeting. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2002. For more information about the contest, visit the LTPP Web site. If you have questions about the contest, contact Monte Symons at FHWA, 708-283-3549 (fax: 708-283-3501; email: monte.symons@fhwa.dot.gov) or Verna Jameson at ASCE, 703-295-6199 (fax: 703-295-6132; email: vjameson@asce.org).

The transportation community recently suffered a loss with the death of Dr. William (Bill) A. Phang. Bill Phang served as the Principle Investigator for the LTPP program's North Atlantic Regional Coordination Office for 10 years, retiring in 1998. Prior to his work with the LTPP program, Phang spent 25 years with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and had an 11-year stint with the Public Works Department of Guyana. He was a past chairman of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Committee on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Data Storage and had served on TRB's Committee on Flexible Pavements and Task Force on Weigh-in-Motion. He also received numerous awards for many of the more than 80 technical papers related to highway pavements that he authored.

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