Roadway Pavement Experts to Convene in Nashville
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
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.”