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Roadway Pavement Experts to Convene in Nashville

August 24, 2012

Conference to showcase new technologies, strategies to help highway departments maintain their paved road miles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Faced with inadequate funding levels and roadway maintenance costs that continue to rise each year, state and local governments all over the nation are finding it harder to maintain their paved streets and roads.

Representatives from many of those agencies are expected to attend the first National Pavement Preservation Conference scheduled August 27-30 at the downtown Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The conference, hosted by Metro Public Works, will provide field demonstrations and a series of technical education sessions about the latest industry procedures that agencies can use to improve efficiency with available funding levels.

The first morning of the conference will feature four concurrent meetings of the Midwestern, Northeast, Rocky Mountain West, and Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnerships. The "partnerships" are comprised of State DOT's and City/County street departments.

Following the partnership meetings the Opening Plenary Session will be held. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Executive Director, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Walter Beyer, President, National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
  • Baxter Burns, President, Board of Directors of the Asphalt Institute
  • Michael Lewis, Vice President, AASHTO

On Tuesday, August 28, a field demonstration will be held a short distance from the hotel, featuring live placement of several asphalt pavement preservation treatments, including a Chip Seal, Microsurfacing, a Scrub Seal, Surface Re-texturing, and Rejuvenation. Other Flexible and Rigid pavement demonstrations are planned, including fog seals, dowel bar load transfer retrofits, diamond grinding, and joint sealing as an example.

Metro already uses several of the preservation treatments, part of a multi-dimensional strategy that Public Works uses to preserve one of the city’s most valuable assets, our transportation infrastructure, Reid said.

“Performing preventive maintenance, instead of waiting until the pavement fails to replace or repair it, allows us to stretch our paving dollars farther so we can address more of the needs,” Reid explained. “It’s a better way to manage our roadways and ultimately, equates to savings for Metro taxpayers.”