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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / September 1997

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-SA-97-027
Date: September 1997

FHWA and Industry To Cosponsor Pavement Preventive Maintenance Workshops

A new series of training workshops in pavement preventive maintenance is being developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with financial support from industry.

"This is the first time that an industry group has come to the table and put up equal funding to develop this kind of training program," said Tony Kane, executive director of FHWA. "The traveling public will benefit directly and at an accelerated pace because of this partnership between FHWA and industry."

A Letter of Understanding in support of this innovative partnership "to meet the challenges of preserving the nation's pavements while providing improved service to the traveling public" was signed July 2 in Washington, DC.

The training workshops will address policy issues, funding strategies, and pavement maintenance techniques and will emphasize the "when and why" of pavement preservation. The workshops will give top-level managers an increased awareness of the effectiveness of pavement preventive maintenance and the need for dedicated funding for pavement preventive maintenance. Mid-level managers will also learn more about pavement preservation strategies so they can make better-informed decisions on the timing and type of maintenance treatments to be applied.

"Industry recognizes that times have changed-that government agencies can't be expected to fund all the costs," said Bill Ballou, president of the Foundation for Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance Research. Ballou credits Michigan's historical data on pavement preventive maintenance as the "driving force" behind the agreement.

"This initiative will display that enormous benefits will be realized from the adoption of a pavement preventive maintenance program," says Larry Galehouse of the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The courses will be presented as part of FHWA's National Highway Institute short-course program and will be offered to State and local agencies, as well as industry groups.

Galehouse, a member of the Lead States team for pavement preservation, signed the Letter of Understanding. The agreement was also signed by representatives from the Asphalt Institute, Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association, FHWA, Foundation for Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance Research, International Slurry Surfacing Association, and National Highway Institute.

"This training program is all about minimizing the cost to users and delivering the best product," said Kane. "It will help us satisfy highway users, who have told us that their number-one concern is pavement condition."

For more information, contact Joe Huerta at FHWA (phone: 202-366-1556; fax: 202-366-9981; email: joseph.huerta@fhwa.dot.gov).

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