Sept. 7, 2012 – Bexar County, Tex., and the Tennessee Department of Transportation were honored for their pavement preservation programs with FP2 Inc.’s James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation during the National Pavement Preservation Conference in Nashville Aug. 27-30, 2012.
The Bexar County Public Works Department was honored with the Sorenson Award for 2012, and Tennessee DOT for 2011.
Receiving the award for Bexar County was Tony Vasquez, public works operations manager, for his work instituting asset management of county roads beginning in 2004, and subsequent pro-active pavement preservation practices to economically prolong the life of county roads.
Bexar County applies a fundamental tenet of pavement preservation, that is, for the lowest-cost, long-term performance, treat roads before they show distress. Bexar (pronounced “bear”) County includes urban as well as rural pavements, as the City of San Antonio is located there.
Accepting the award for the state of Tennessee was Tennessee DOT Commissioner John Schroer. The DOT was honored for its outstanding advocacy for, and implementation of, its statewide pavement preservation program. In only four years – between 2007 and 2011 – Tennessee DOT transitioned from an almost exclusively hot mix asphalt resurfacing program to one that incorporates pavement preservation principles. The result has been a significant improvement in pavement condition.
The department provided detailed pavement management systems data to prove the case for future network condition, and worked with the local hot mix industry to develop new specifications for thin hot mix overlays to gain its buy-in to the program. These thin hot-mix overlays now have become another routine pavement preservation treatment used in Tennessee.
Intended to recognize agency pavement preservation, the Sorenson award is usually, but not always, presented to city and county agencies. Criteria to evaluate candidate agencies include: process used to gain acceptance by elected officials, general public, employees, and industry (40 percent); how well the program relates to the theme of The Right Treatment, for the Right Road, at the Right Time (20 percent); tangible improvement in their system (20 percent); techniques used to keep public notified of what is being done and why (10 percent); and uniqueness of program (10 percent).
For more information, or to submit nominations, please contact FP2’s executive director, Jim Moulthrop, at 7400 Anaqua Drive, Austin, Tex., 78750, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also recognized at the awards ceremony for his leadership and long service to the pavement preservation community was FP2 executive director James Moulthrop, as he was inducted into the FP2 Pavement Preservation Hall of Fame.
At the National Pavement Preservation Conference, 48 exhibitors and over 500 delegates from across the contienent and around the world came together for this year’s No. 1 event in the growing field of pavement preservation.
Major pavement preservation partnerships uniting state and provincial road agencies held concurrent meetings. These included the Midwestern, Northeast, Rocky Mountain West, and Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnerships.
Plenary sessions set the stage for the conference to come. Then, seven topical “tracks” relevant to pavement preservation, asset management and pavement management featured 24 sessions spread over four days, to give delegates maximum flexibility to attend themes of greatest interest.
A busy field demonstration held on the grounds of the Old Tennessee State Prison outside Nashville featured asphalt and concrete pavement preservation techniques such as chip seals, micro surfacing, scrub seals, surface re-texturizing, pavement rejuvenation, dowel bar load transfer retrofits, diamond grinding, and other innovative treatments.
All of the presentation PDFs from the Nashville conference are available online at http://nationalpavement2012.or