As road agencies that are strapped for cash look for ways to optimize their limited dollars, many are taking a much closer look at the practice of pavement preservation.
Pavement preservation techniques are being promoted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as cost-effective and environmentally sustainable strategies designed to extend the life of existing pavements before they deteriorate substantially.
Pavement preservation techniques include nonstructural preventive maintenance surface treatments such as slurry surfacings, crack sealing, chip sealing, micro surfacing, rejuvenation, hot and cold in-place recycling and thin-lift hot-mix asphalt paving; and structural preservation techniques used in concrete pavement restoration (CPR).
Pavement preservation methods prolong pavement life, avoiding high future costs of reconstruction or rehabilitation through the expenditure of lesser amounts of money at critical points in a pavement’s life. Pavement preservation pays off in both the short and long term. Experience shows that spending a dollar on pavement preservation can eliminate or delay spending $6 to $10 on future rehabilitation or reconstruction costs.
We at FP2 Inc. support the adoption of pavement preservation at all levels of government, and work to ensure pavement preservation becomes a part of road programs from coast-to-coast. We invite you to browse these pages to learn more about pavement preservation, and view our quarterly magazine, Pavement Preservation Journal.
HOW FP2 WORKS FOR YOU
FP2 Participates in NCAT Pavement Preservation Research
If you are a stakeholder in the pavement preservation community you will benefit from new research on pavement preservation now underway at the National Center for Asphalt Technology.
Pavement preservation research at NCAT is underwritten by FP2 Inc. and its allies, and began late in 2012. It’s just one more way that FP2 works for you!
Nowhere is there a more respected testing facility for bituminous pavements than NCAT, the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. For over a quarter of a century, research at NCAT has blazed new trails in asphalt science and pavement performance.
Now – for the first time – pavement preservation techniques are having their day at the NCAT Pavement Test Track as FP2 and its partners document performance there of these techniques in the new NCAT Pavement Preservation Effectiveness Study.
This new study has the potential to scientifically quantify the life-extending benefits of pavement preservation for flexible pavements. It’s designed to evaluate the benefits of a comprehensive list of pavement preservation treatments, and the results of the study should provide highly valuable, measurable data that are not currently available.
The study was initiated – and is being sponsored – primarily by seven state DOTs, but the private sector has its place at this table due to efforts by FP2 and its contributors, who made sure the private sector was a participant in the development and execution of this experiment.
Thanks to FP2 participation, your industry is represented in all aspects of the testing, including conceptual development, application and data gathering methods. Industry also is represented in the data review process prior to the study’s publication.
We believe the results ultimately will boost your business by objectively quantifying the benefits of pavement preservation treatments in practical findings that will be implemented by state DOTs and other road agencies.
To find out how you can participate, or for more information, please contact FP2 executive director Jim Moulthrop at (512).970-8865, firstname.lastname@example.org.