IPMA™Tip of the Week | Pavement Management

Here is a very special IPMA™ Tip of the Week just for our beloved Arizona Agencies!

We just finished up on “The Mother Road” in Kingman and it was AWESOME! And we have the deal of the Century to offer so that we can come back to Arizona and work…
If you are interested in getting started with pavement management or updating your current plan, we have the cooperative purchasing agreement in place with the City of Kingman!
(404) 953-0131

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We can set up your pavement management for a couple of pennies per square yard, and save you MILLIONS! It doesn’t cost money to set this up, it is costing you money NOT to have a plan!

Our firm provides expert boots on the ground pavement distress rating and pavement management consulting services for clients across the nation. We have a solid reputation for providing accurate and dependable consulting services that have helped local jurisdictions better manage and maintain their roads. In fact, we have a list of clients that have historically saved one million dollars annually for each 250-center lane miles they have. You can read more about our plan from a CNN report at this link


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From the Desk of Blair Barnhardt

“An Open Letter to Public Works Agencies & Pavement Managers”

I would like to make a HUGE announcement! The Barnhardt Group, LLC has become one of the “handful” of Pavement Management Professionals to become P-TAP Pre-Qualified by the MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) in the USA.
This is a great accomplishment by myself and Jason Spencer, APM (Operations Manager at the Barnhardt Group).


Established in 1999, P-TAP provides consultant services to help local jurisdictions better manage and maintain their streets and roads using a PMS. P-TAP’s initial objective was to assist small to medium-sized jurisdictions since many of those jurisdictions were not able to implement and maintain a PMS because of limited financial resources, staff inexperience due to turnover, and a lack of staff time necessary to start up the program. The early P-TAP funding rounds effectively addressed those needs and, for subsequent funding rounds, eligibility was expanded to include larger cities and counties to assist these jurisdictions with specific components of their PMS.

Passing Criteria?

To pass the pre-qualification test, consultants must meet the following two criteria on distress data:

At least 50 percent of the PCI values for the inspected sections must be within +/- 5 PCI points of the reference, or “ground truth,” PCI values.
No more than 12 percent of the PCI values for the inspected sections can be greater than +/- 15 PCI points of the reference, or “ground truth,” PCI values.

Pretty rigorous, huh? Well we did it and it is time to create or update YOUR Pavement Management Plan with StreetSaver!

For the 1st person that calls us at 404-953-0131 or emails us at lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com, we will discount our services by 30% for a full “brand new” implementation. For an update of your network of roads, we are offering a 50% discount to the first person to call. Contract must be executed by 10/15/2016. If you are in Arizona, this is easy as we have a Co-Op clause in effect with Kingman, AZ which allows your agency to “bolt-on” to that contract and not jump through the hoops of a formal RFP process.

We need to fill a gap in November and this is what we are offering:


This will better identify the services to the Agency:


The Scope of Work may include, but will not be limited to the following items listed below. The consultant should revise and/or expand on this scope in accordance with their expertise.

Task I Data Gathering

1. Kick Off Meeting

The consultant will meet with the City/County to finalize the schedule and initiate the project. The City/County will provide a copy of the current database. StreetSaver or MicroPAVER will be set-up w/2 seats for City/County officials. During the meeting the Consultant will spend several hours going over their Standard Operating Procedures for data collection and their overall pavement management strategy. At this time the Consultant will verify which steps to take if they find that the original data collected is erroneous in any way. A good amount of time will also be spent during this meeting to correlate and cross check items such as overall areas, square yardages etc. i.e. for residential neighbor hoods, does the pavement in the decal and acceleration lanes ‘belong’ to the main road or the neighborhood? Other items for discussion maybe how and how often will TBG Top 10 List be transmitted to the Agency staff. At this time we also like to get a one-page letter on Agency letterhead that explains what our TBG crews are doing in the field. This way if anyone asks what we are doing, we can quickly and efficiently hand the person asking a copy of your Agency letter so we are delivering a consistent message to the residents.

2. As-built Research

The consultant shall research and obtain as-builts for all street repair and maintenance projects that the City/County has performed since the last update to the City/County’s database. The Consultant will spend a good amount of time investigating with the City/County staff to obtain this information. Where this is information is not available the TBG staff can obtain it by back calculation in the field based on their pavement management expertise. While the original construction date is always important, nothing is more

important than an accurate depiction of the last M & R (Major Rehabilitation) date. The TBG crews routinely capture this information on foot during their surveys by back calculation from the date printed on the fire hydrants and determining if the road has been sequentially overlaid or inlaid since it’s original back calculated construction date.

Task II Field Inspection

1. Field Review

The consultant shall field review the various streets and street segments in the database and prepare a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for each segment. Streets that have been recently repaired should be inspected but may not require PCI calculations. The consultant should detail their proposed method for PCI calculations. The number or percentage of street segments that are to be inspected shall be clearly identified in the proposal.

The Consultant (TBG) plans to perform ASTM 6433 pavement distress survey on the entire network of approximately 1740 center lane miles of roadway for the City/County. If the actual center lane miles are slightly more no additional charges will be incurred. If the center lane miles are considerably more than what has been reported in the answers to the questions on the City/County website, then a pro rated amount of time can be applied to compensate the Consultant. In order for TBG to provide the most value in this response and contract, it is imperative that each and every street be surveyed for pavement distress, lengths, widths and areas will be verified for accuracy, and PCI Ratings will be calculated for each segment. The City/County and TBG may decide to group multiple sections together into larger sections for the ease of managing their pavement at this time. However, this would be decided only through collaboration and agreement by both parties that this is mutually beneficial to both.

The Consultant shall obtain accurate distances using a Distance Measuring Device (DMI) such as the Jamar RAC 100 or similar that is calibrated and hooked into the drive mechanism of the vehicle hosting the apparatus. Widths shall be accurately calibrated as well. On roads with multiple and various widths and odd sizes (i.e. roundabouts) the Consultant shall perform an accurate digital take off using a software such as http://www.goipave.com to obtain the overall square yardages required for the field survey.

At this time the Consultant shall also employ network level coring where the pavement section thickness is not apparent from visual inspection. This core drill to be used will be a Hilti DD 130 or equivalent. Where the depth of pavement is visible or the Consultant is certain of its make up and structure without coring, that shall be sufficient in lieu of physical coring. Note that the network level coring is not part of ASTM 6433 and is used to accurately align the proper rehabilitation techniques at the project level. The network level coring is not meant to be a replacement for

project level coring. The coring may be waived by the Agency if not required by them. No deduction in payment will be required by the Consultant should the Agency decide to forgo network level coring.

The Consultant shall survey and collect all of the 20 distresses from the MicroPAVER Distress Identification Manual for Asphalt Roads and Parking Lots and all 19 of the distresses for the MicroPAVER Distress Identification Manual for Concrete Roads and Parking Lots.

Should the quantities of center lane miles vary by more than 3% of the original estimate of center lane miles given by the Agency at the time of the contract, the Agency and Consultant will mutually agree on a prorated amount of money for the additional work required if this project is awarded based on a unit price per center lane mile.

2. Field Data Report

The consultant shall prepare a report of the field inspection data. The Consultant will also provide a live meeting to explain their findings from the Field Review above. During this meeting the City/County will be apprised of how accurate their original data is in terms of quantities of pavement area etc.

Task III Update Data Base

1. Data Entry

The consultant shall enter the results of the field inspection into the MicroPAVER or StreetSaver Database. The consultant shall compare the new data with the existing data to determine if any street segments appear to be subject to accelerated deterioration.

The Consultant will also determine if there was any erroneous data entry from the previous surveys at this time based on the correlation between the most recent Field Review and their pavement management expertise.

2. Analysis

The consultant shall prepare the StreetSaver or MicroPAVER analysis and provide a report indicating the Pavement Condition Index for the individual segments. The consultant shall compare the StreetSaver or MicroPAVER output with the Field Data Report to insure that the resulting PCIs accurately reflect the existing pavement condition.

The Consultant will also update unit prices and desired treatments that the City/County is or wishes to use in the future in order that accurate budget forecasting can be delivered. The Consultant will also advise and make recommendations on all treatments that are currently available in the the region and provide guidance on to what benefits and what drawbacks are associated with each and every preservation, and rehabilitation treatments are available.

Task IV Prioritization

1. Priority Projects

The consultant shall review the citywide data and make recommendations for repair projects on streets where unusual or accelerated pavement damage has occurred or for other pavement conditions that may adversely effect public safety. The Consultant will also explain the benefits of not treating all of the worst first roads with their limited budget. This can be accomplished by live classroom training (some of which is included in this response pro bono) and online pavement management training through IPMA Academy (2 scholarships are available as part of this proposed scope of work).

2. Five-Year Management and Financial Plan

The consultant shall develop a Five-Year Pavement Management Plan. The plan shall seek to maximize the life and condition of City/County streets given a limited pavement maintenance budget. The management plan shall include estimated costs for the work in each year. The Five-Year Management and Financial Plan shall have two different scenarios to reflect possible funding levels.

The Consultant may also elect to perform an unconstrained budget to determine the overall amount that is actually required to get the network to optimum over a fixed period of time. The Consultant fees for this project would remain the same regardless of the software chosen by the City/County.

3. Alternative Scenarios

In addition to the Five-Year Management and Financial Plan, the consultant shall also prepare two additional scenarios. Although not defined at this time, one possible scenario could to increase the PCI to a certain level. In order to prepare the proposal, assume that the effort level for the two alternative scenarios would be similar to preparing an alternate funding level for the Five-Year Management and Financial Plan.

The Consultant will work in collaboration with the City/County to find the best-case alternate scenarios. Often target based scenarios work well to highlight deficiencies in budgets, and the associated ‘what if’ scenarios that take place hypothetically when funding levels change. With Target driven scenarios the politicians can quickly see how much extra funding will be required to get to a desired level of service with their roadway network based on a specific PCI rating.

Task V Final Report

1. Final Report

The consultant shall prepare a final report containing: a description of the methodology used in the analysis, the priority project listing, the two Five Year Management and Financial Plans, the PCI output listing and the two alternative scenarios.

The Consultant will also provide a non-technical video (10-15 minutes) that gives the City/County a good understanding of their current condition of roadway network and the funding required for maintaining it or improving it. The Consultant will also supply a dry erase calendar style roll up whiteboard with a complete listing of all the roadways and their current PCI index.

I have numerous sample final reports and testimonials that I can send upon request.

Do not pass this up!

It is imperative that the rating inspectors get this right from day one. Further, we noticed that there are many, many, many small sections. Typically this is one of the biggest complaints that we receive in feedback sessions from our conversion clients as they discuss their dismay in the original set up by others.

Boy does a City on MO and a Village in Illinois know that…but that is in the next open letter…stay tuned…this is a “doozie”. Below is a hint.



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Blair Rocks EOFire! | John Lee Dumas Podcast

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Listen to This Episode for SECRET FREEBIES or Just Click the Orange Button at the Bottom of the Email…


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EPISODE 1410: Let’s lessen our carbon footprint and save our country 2.5 billion dollars per year with Blair Barnhardt, APM

“Blair and his team are on a mission to save the world’s crumbling roadways. He is Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller The Book On Better Roads and has driven over 150,000 miles in less than 3 years to teach local agencies how to do just this for less money and less carbon footprint and save our Country 2.5 billion dollars per year!” – JLD

Blair shares his incredible journey on EOFire today!

(John Lee Dumas is the founder of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, EOFire. He has been featured on various channels including ABC, CNBC, FOX and several popular blogs. In less than three years, EOFire has grown to generate annual revenues of 7 figures.)

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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week
LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

You know, a lot of folks are starting to get excited about pavement management and rightfully so.

Be forewarned however that not all consultants out there providing these services are delivering all that they promise.

Recall that Scott McDonald and I did a podcast session on Better Roads Radio a while back, here is the link http://ipma.co/betterroadsradio/2014/01/16/episode-3-the-one-where-blair-corners-scott-mcdonald-ipma-advisory-board-member-and-paver-guru/ where we discussed the key essentials in setting up your data base.

Well, apparently there are still firms out there, buzzing around collecting data all over the country that pay little if any heed to the last M and R date or pavement section type for that matter.

Then, as you may have guessed our team swoops in and helps aid the agencies in fixing all the corrupted data that is input into the PAVER™ data base for your agency. (BTW, the same stuff likely happens with other software programs out there).

If your city or county is interested in setting up a pavement management program, and I don’t see why you wouldn’t be, take a look at this short video to learn the key essentials to pavement management basics SO THAT YOU DON”T HAVE TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF FIXING EVERYTHING at a later date.

Hope that didn’t offend anyone LOL.
Best, Blair

Do Not Forget the FREE BOOK!

The Book on Better Roads Chapters 1/B and 2

In the beginning, there was a crumbling roadway system. Then folks started to read The Book on Better Roads. In fact, some angry ratepayers started mailing several hundreds, and sometimes thousands of copies of the Amazon Book on Better Roads to their Public Works Policy Makers and Elected Officials, and then 60 Minutes and 20/20, and News Makers started filming as truckloads of boxes of The Book on Better Roads were delivered daily down to their City Halls and County Commissioners Offices….. you can write your own headline here.


The best way to predict the future is to create it. We don’t have to have crumbling roads any longer. Please join our movement by registering your copy of this Book and visiting www.drivingamericaforbetterroads.com to see how you can further involved at any level. Help us change this Country for the better.


If you would like to watch a video of me doing a live presentation from Purdue Road School on The Three Legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management simply click here to register your book and get access to the free BONUS material www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register. Once you have registered your book Ben will be sure that you have a weekly supply of fresh BONUS content on all things The Three-Legged Stool™ of Pavement Management sent directly to your inbox.


That’s it for this Chapter, I will take the high road from here as I am sure you all feel my pain in writing this Book for you to enjoy!


Chapter 2 – How Bad Can This Really Be Blair?


Asphalt is the number one recycled product in America, and we recycle 100 million tons a year back at the plant but only about 3% of our roads are actually recycled in place. Our awesome asphalt producers put out about 600 million tons of hot mixed asphalt per year, and about 93% of our roads in USA are paved with hot mixed asphalt.


Unfortuneatly, even though we have been taught that asphalt paved roads have a 20 year life cycle, for whatever reason (I will let you readers figure that one out) some of the roads that I core when we do the pavement distress evaluations have upwards of 10 inches or more of asphalt on them, which is made up of 6 or 7 sequential overlays and the road is less than 25 years old based on the back calculations that we do from the date on the fire hydrants. (you can watch this little IPMA™ Tip of the Week after registering as af free BONUS after registering your book at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register if you are interested in learning how we do this calculation.


Blair Holds Up a 10 Inch Core of HMA at Purdue Road School

To make matters worse, only about 10% of normal folks even understand what pavement preservation is. Yet, we all know how important it is to fix our roof when it leaks, change the oil on our cars etc. But we somehow figure it is ok to let billions of dollars worth or roadways literally “die on the vine” so to speak. You see, if we would have preserved our pavements early on in their life, we wouldn’t have had to spend as much over their lives, and our Network Level Pavement Condition Indexes would be higher and the money we saved could have been spent improving our backlog deficit of bad roads that most agencies will never get to.


As you will learn as you read these chapters, in The Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, hot mixed apshalt contractors will put down 800 million tons of hot mixed asphalt a year, up from 600 million tons annually. Further it will take them the next 215 years to eliminate the backlog deficit of bad roads at 800 million tons a year. Meanwhile, the local agencies will be able to free up funds that have been typically wasted on doing sequential overlays and start to preserve their good roads so they last longer and don’t fall into the dreaded red zone of PCIs below 55.


So how bad can it really be Blair? At the rate we are headed, according to ASCE Report Card our roadways in USA are currently rated at a D + and we are headed for a three trillion dollar backlog deficit backlog of bad roads in 2040. While it imay be hard for the average citiizen to fathom the severity of this, just for a second or two imagine you not being able to drive your grand kids down to McDonalds to get a hamburg, because of the enormous debt load our Country will be carrying and all because nobody took the time to consider how easy it could be to implement The Three Legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management two or three decades ago.


Again, I want to reiterate for those of you who may be thinking how bad can things be Blair? Right now, we have local agencies pulverizing their hard top roads up and turning them back into dirt roads. As I told one local agency, if your County Commissioners insist on having you spend all of your money paving 300 miles of dirt roads, just let them know that if you do that, you may as well start planning on pulverizing up the existing 300 miles of paved roads right now, because like other local agencies that is where you are headed right around the corner!


Things are bad, this is not a book about perhaps, or maybe. I can say with specicifity based on thirty years of being in the industry, at the rate we are going and with the current Department of Justice ADA Clarifications that have just been made, your City or County, Township or State DOT is headed for a path of bankruptcy if you don’t implement a plan that ties pracitical pavement management together with eco efficient and cost saving in-place pavement recycling and pavement preservation.


While the average citizen may not be fully aware of the financial impact on the recent US Department of Justice clarifications, you as a City Manager or County Manager have to realize that all rehabilitation and preservation projects going forward as of 2014 that have curbs, sidewalks, truncated domes, wheelchair ramps, etc. will need to be upgraded in full to meet current standards based on the following graphic from a recent DOJ/FHWA Webinar Presentation:



US Department of Justice Slide on Maintenance versus Alteration


Now for clarifications sake, let me use an example of a fairly large city in the Pacific Northwest who emphatically stated during a presentation at Northwest Pavement Management Association Meeting that the cost of each and every one of his projects just doubled litlerally overnight. This may not be the case if you are a County Manager, or Elected Official with little or no sidewalk or curb and gutter in your network of roads, but if you are in a City, this is a key factor in everything you do going forward with your pavement management system.


Also, for the record I am not here to bash anyone with disabilities, I am merely the messenger. I knew that this DOJ Clarification would have significant impact on already strugling local agencies cash strapped for roadway funding.


Bottom line here is we were already faced with crumbling roads in America and the world, with little funding to spend to maintain their current condition. Now the situation, especially for Cities with curb, gutter and sidewalk just got even worse. Now more than ever, we must take heed to the warning signs and do everything we can in our power to educate our communities about the road ahead (pardon the pun).


I will lay out a simple plan for your City and County Engineers to follow in Part Two of this book. For now I want to make absolutely sure that you as Elected Officials, Media and Normal Everyday Citizens understand how severe the situation is at hand, how we got here and how the heck we are going to get ourselves out of it.


Let’s take a minute and do this simple example to find out what your budget should be for maintaining your roadway network for your local agency. Now for those of you just getting used to what I am talking about, we will use a PCI or Pavement Condition Index of 100 as a brand new or freshly rehabilitated road and a PCI of 0 for a road that has reached the end of its useful life. Typically a City or a County will strive to have their roads in decent shape, but if the pavement network was running at its best the average network level PCI would be about 85, this is about as good as it gets across the network.


So the first step here for us folks that are not City and County Pavement Managers and Engineers is to find out how many center lane miles of roadway that you have. Let us assume for this example that your City or County has 500 center lane miles of roadway.


CL Miles = 500 miles


Now we won’t bother getting into specifics like are these all 2 lane roads, are some 4 lane etc…. rather we will assume for this example that all 500 CL miles of roadway are 2 lane roads. Since a typical county road is about 22 feet wide, I usually plug in 13,000 square yards for each CL mile of road.


500 CL Miles x 13,000 SY = 6,500,000 SY Total


Now we will take the total square yards above and multiply it with a number that it would typically cost to replace the entire section of pavement along with some soft engineering costs. In some states this could be $48.00 per SY, and in other states this could be $78.00 per SY and really depends of factors such as how much aggregate is readily availible in your region, how many asphalt producers are there, readymixed concrete plants etc.


In this example, we will plug in a modest $60.00 per SY for our hypothetical local agency.


Thus we have:

6,500,000 SY x $60.00 = $390,000,000.00 worth of network replacement value

Understand that this figure could be more or less for your City or County depending on how much concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter you have, whether the roads are asphalt pavement or Portland concrete pavements, etc.


So in this example, our little City or County has a whopping $390,000,000.00 worth of replacement value and few if any of the residents even know this. In fact, most of the Elected Officials I talk to, and many of the City and County Engineers don’t even know the enormity of value in their network of pavements.


As with most assets, we can plug in a figure of 2 – 3% of the overall network level dollar amount as the figure required annually to maintain the current PCI for your City of County. Again, depending on where you start with the implementation of your pavement management program, this multiplier could vary.


For this example we will plug in 3% hence:


$390,000,000.00 x 3% = $11,700,000.00 annual amount required to maintain PCI


Two things here. First, the above example is what is required to maintain, not increase your network level PCI ratings. Therefore, if you start with a network level PCI rating of 38 or 51, it may take a multiplier of 5 – 7 % before you can see the network level PCI climb to a better range such as 70 – 75.


Second, the above exercise does NOT take into account the DOJ ADA Clarifications mentioned above. So if you are in a City with a lot of older ADA ramps, and non existant wheelchair ramps and the likes of that, you may have to run the costs on a year or two of work that you have planned and then back calculate the multiplier that you will need.


In any case, in our hypothetical City or County above, it is clear that 11.7 million dollars is needed to maintain the current PCI rating. As a general rule in my world, dealing with local agencies on a daily basis across the country, and the world, the norm is typically that the pavment manager or who ever is in charge of spending the money and fixing the roads, is getting a tenth to a third of what he or she actually needs based on the above formula.


So the trend that we see with folks that are actually managing their pavement is that their PCI is declining, their backlog deficit of bad roads is going up and the amount of money that they are spending on their roads is going down due to significant cuts in their budgets. Now to make matters even worse, the pavement engineers that have adequate funds or less than adequate are not always well versed on the most appropriate treatment at the right time on their roads.

In fact, I would urge you to consder this little phrase each and everytime. Ask yourself as you put the work out to bid:


Are we using the right treament on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for the right reason? I mean, are you overlaying your roadways just because it is an election year? Could you be using a treatment that costs $2.00 per SY instead of $8.00 per SY?


And, on top of all this consider that even if your engineering staff is doing everything in their power to follow and implement The Three Legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management, there is always a chance that the naysayers (you know who you are) will swoop in and try to convince your Elected Officials and Ratepayers that none of these treatments that Blair talks about in his book work.


In some States, you may be surprised to find out just how adement the local contractors, State DOT, even FHWA Officials are about keeping certain treatments out of their proverbial “backyard” often trying to discredit the contractors and vendors providing these services.


Fortuneatly for all of us, the power of social media will always trump the naysayers. In fact, this book will be chucked full with case study after case study on successful programs that have gone on for decades. Again, I am taking the high road. With over 300 million new users of the internet and smart phones coming online over the next 18 months, we are living in a time where the truth cannot be suppressed and the naysayers are about to be found out.


It is not my intent to damage anyone’s reputation by the printed pages in this book, but as Tony Robbins said, words can be used as daggers, they are very powerful tools.


When you take the time to read this book, whoever you are, and you take the time to dig deeper into the BONUS material available when you register your book at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register and dig deeper into finding out about all of the possibilities of your new pavement management program you will find the power of your newfound education.



The Book on Better Roads | Chapter 1/A

Chapter 1 – In the Beginning

What other business could keep doing things the same way they have been since 1956 and still be in business today? I mean, does anyone reading this book right now still use a rotary dial up phone? Anyone still listening to 8 track tapes, vinyl records, cassette tapes? How about your cameras, anyone still buying film in rolls? Just the other day while at Torrey Pines Beach the kids were using their iPhones with some special device to do Kodak instant photos like we used to do with the big clunky cameras.


And yet, each week as I drive the Better Roads Bus across North America I see literally billions of dollars being wasted milling up asphalt roads, breaking up concrete roads, dumping our resources into the desert ditches or piling the rubble up into mountanous stockpiles. As a former Vice President of a paving and reclamation firm, I used to bid upwards of 50 million dollars of work each year. And as a college instructor, estimating is something I do in my sleep so to speak. So imagine how painful it is for me as a drive through a construction site, risking my life as I am being forced to drive at 60 miles an hour on a two lane section of Interstate with the only thing beside me and the oncoming Mack Truck being a 40 pound reflective delineator barrel.


This is so wrong. I mean if taking care of 4 million miles of roadways in America or anywhere for the matter was a private sector firm, and we knew that we could take care of it for 40% less money in half the time, wouldn’t we have done it? Of course we would have, because like we see so often in the private sector, when firms don’t stay innovative and keep up with current technology and best practices they simply go bankrupt and expire.


So here is where we are at in the simplest form I can put this. If we don’t start changing the way we take care of our roads (don’t even get me started on our bridges) according to www.smartgrowthamerica.com we are spending 57% of our GDP on 1.3% of our roadway system building additional lanes. If you do the math that means we are spending a measly 43% of the GDP on the other 98.7% trying to take care of it all. Everything.


In the beginning, when we built the Interstate System in USA (plug in whatever system of roadways you have in your country) I don’t suspect much thought went into how we were going to preserve it. And now with the little bit of revenue generated with the gas tax, we are faced with an incredible plight of having to maintain, preserve, and rehabilitate our aging roadways.


Now I can’t control what went on in the past with our forefathers, and how they rehabilitated the roads in this country and the world, but I damn sure am not going to sit here and watch us pilfer away billions of dollars when I KNOW we can be doing more with less money and less carbon footprint in half the time. I made a promise to one pavement engineer that I would not pick on what agencies have done in the past, like before there were milling machines and such. But there is absolutely NO REASON why we are not following The Three Legged Stool™ Pavement Management System today and forever into the future.


Now let me do some explaining here. I want to make it perfectly clear to you that while reading this book and referring back to it regularily that there are champions out there implementing everything that I am teaching in this book. These champions are generally going to have APM™ after their name or have the knowledge that comes with this Accredited Pavement Manager™ Certification. These are the pavement managers, consultants, vendors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers that have taken the time to digest 70 hours of online training to become better stewards of their infrastructure.


In addition to the APM™ Alumni and those currently enrolled there are also a small army of people that embrace all the elements that are taught in IPMA™ Academy. Moreover, several large State DOTs, and Industry Trade Associations understand this Book and the message and vision that it contains.


It is unfortunate however, that these Champions above cannot single handidly resurect our economy and our infrastructure. Currently our roadways sit at a decrepit D + rating according to ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers current Report Card. And at this vary time in history, even with FHWA promoting all things sustanibility and preservation in their current Transportation Bill MAP 21, there are still some high ranking US DOT officials out there along with industry trade association staff , and even State DOT Officials sabatoging efforts to do anything different than a thin overlay, medium overlay and thick overlay.


In simplest of terms, the naysayers rebell against change and all of the ecological and economical benefits associated with doing things differently and better. Ironically, in The Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, the hot mixed asphalt producers and Portland concrete roadbuilders and bridge builders will actually get substantially more work by freeing up the funds that are being wasted doing things the same old way since 1956 – the year that our Interstate System was started.


As I mentioned in the Introduction, I am taking the high road and sticking to it wherever possible but…..


Imagine if you will, I have spent the last two decades of my life teaching and saving agencies just like you millions and millions of dollars doing pavement management, in place pavement recycling and pavement preservation. I have taught National Highway Institute Workshops, developed and delivered curriculum for three prominent universities, IPMA™, NWETC, APWA, LTAP, TTAP, and on and on. A few short months ago I was standing in front of a US DOT Official who blatenly told me that he thought a lot of these processes were “snake oil” and wasn’t sure they were going to work.




I mean, we have some State DOTs going back now and re recycling roads that they recycled 22 years ago or more. These agencies have saved 600 million dollars in doing so to date or more. FHWA has spent tens of thousands sponsoring the NHI Workshop developments, and re developments and many thousands more on the Basic Asphalt Reycling Manual. And this man stands in front of me, with my tax dollars paying his salary and says “snake oil”?


How about the fact that a few short days after our consulting side of the business has gone in and delivered an absolute rock solid pavement management plan for getting an agency onto better roadways for less money with pavement preservation and in-place pavement recycling, a local State DOT staffer goes in under the guise of a concerened citizen and convinces the Chairman and his Commission that my professional advice is not good, and those treatments I speak of are “snake oil”, and they really should consider doing thin overlays, medium overlays and thick overlays, and chip seal.


But, strangely enough, one of the treatments this “concerned citizen” speaks of was used during the timing of a high profile international event in this same state (600,000 SY or more) and a TRB report from State Officials of this State went on record touting the benefits of this same treatment that I recommended as one of the preservation techniques in my final pavement management report.


So there you have it, the impetus for me to sit here and type this Book on Better Roads for you to enjoy and learn from. Had it not been for that day so many short months ago, I may have procrastinated forever and never served up this simple guide to resurecting our infrastructure and economy. We can put a man on the moon, we sure as heck can have better roads!


Now on a positive note, several state agencies like Utah DOT, and Caltran to name a few invite me out each and every year to train their staff.   In fact I was recently asked by a Utah DOT Official to do the keynote speech for their annual meeting. They get it. Big shout out to folks like Reed Ryan at UAPA, Utah Asphalt Pavement Association – they get it. Their paving contractor members took very little time to figure out that with the Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, they could increase their tonnage out of their plants by 20%!

I emplore you, as an Elected Official, Ratepayer, or everyday Normal Citizen, learn all there is to know about what is going on in the close door meetings with the local contractors and your staff about all things pavment management, preservation and in place pavement recycling. If you want to do more with less, you have got to take heed to the warning signs.


In a day and age where agencies are grinding up their hard topped surfaces and reverting them back to dirt roads, you must understand that in the beginning, there may have not have been a solution – but today there is, and you have no excuse to keep doing things the same old way. In Part Two of this Book, there will be countless case studies to prove to you that there is hope. But you have to implement. It is not enough to just watch the videos and read the Book.


Even after you have registered your book at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register you will have to empower your pavement managers and engineering staff to make the critical changes to your pavmeent management system. And if you don’t have a system in place, for 2 cents a square yard, you can save ten bucks a square yard by proper selection of the requisite treatments. That is a $9.98/SY net gain in my books and I am not the brightest light bulb in the fridge!


Now I don’t puport to be a genius in any one of the areas that I will talk about in the Book, but I can tell you that the bean counters, you know the City Managers, CFOs, and County Managers always perk up a bit and have a sparkle in their eye when I mention that doing pavement management annually or at least every three years or so gives the GASB 34 Auditors reason to give your City or County a better bond rating!


So, bottom line in this Chapter if I have said it properly is that this is the biggest no brainer in all of mankind, and if it weren’t for the naysayers out there backstabbing the efforts of the Champions, our country (plug in your country if you are outside of USA) could have much better roads for less money and less carbon footprint!

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For the life of me, I can’t imagine why every city and county in America, or the world for that matter are not all managing their pavements.

At the bare minimum at least grab a copy of my Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Book on Better Roads, Saving YOUR Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management!


Geez, I mean it is free…. you can grab it at http://www.blairbarnhardt.com.

You see, it costs about 2 or 3 cents per square yard to set up a brand new pavement management system with boots on the ground rating and expert inventory!

Your jurisdiction will go on to save 10 bucks a square yard every time, literally saving millions each calendar year by doing the right treatment on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for the right reason! You can thank us later, now sit back and enjoy the video!

Be sure to LIKE and Share all over social media!!!! If 50 cities or counties in 50 states would do this in 2016, we could save this great country 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS and have better roads for everybody for less money and less carbon footprint!

PS Heed the Naysayers, this Great Country has a bunch of folks that would LOVE to continue rehabilitating this Country’s 4 million miles of roads the exact same way they did it in 1956 while they order up their private jets on their iPhone apps… there I said it. We can make our crumbling roads GREAT AGAIN!!!! Blair : )


Pavement Management Back to School Special

Hi Pavement Management RockSTAR!

Here comes the next IPMA™ Tips of the Week.  After sending out the newest videos, I want to respond to some of the questions that were presented.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine why every city and county in America, or the world for that matter are not all managing their pavements. At the bare minimum at least grab a copy of my Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Book on Better Roads, Saving YOUR Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management! Geez, I mean it is free…. you can grab it at wwww.blairbarnhardt.com.
You see, it costs about 2 or 3 cents per square yard to set up a brand new pavement management system with boots on the ground rating and expert inventory! Your jurisdiction will go on to save 10 bucks a square yard every time, literally saving millions each calendar year by doing the right treatment on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for the right reason! You can thank us later, now sit back and enjoy the video! Be sure to LIKE and Share all over social media!!!!

If 50 cities or counties in 50 states would do this in 2016, we could save this great country 2.5 BILLION DOLLARS and have better roads for everybody for less money and less carbon footprint!

PS Heed the Naysayers, this Great Country has a bunch of folks that would LOVE to continue rehabilitating this Country’s 4 million miles of roads the exact same way they did it in 1956 while they order up their private jets on their iPhone apps… there I said it.

We can make our crumbling roads GREAT AGAIN!!!! We have bountiful opportunities for you to seize the day so that you can make your ratepayers and elected officials PROUD of you!!!

Blair : )

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We are one of a handful of consulting firms in USA that are MTC P-TAP Prequalified and our inspectors have gone through the MTC Rater Certification Exam (including myself). Moreover, our key staff has all gone through 70 hours of online Accredited Pavement Manager Certification training and Master Certification Training with the International Pavement Management Association’s IPMA™ Academy.

As the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Book on Better Roads, Saving Your Crumbling Roadways with Practical Pavement Management, I get to speak to agency engineers daily who have followed our plan and are saving millions by marrying a solid StreetSaver® pavement management program to eco efficient in place recycling and pavement preservation! We call this the Three Legged Stool System™ of pavement management. You will read more about our firm and our key staff members in this SOQ along with our respective backgrounds. In short, we not only talk the talk, we walk the walk.

In fact when I am not out on my hands and knees looking at distressed roadways, I am teaching others how to do it. Over the last 5 or 6 years, our firm has set up 2-dozen StreetSaver® fresh implementations and PAVER migrations in several states across this Great Country. In addition I have designed and delivered technical training on pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation to thousands of agency engineers through IPMA™, IPMA™ Academy, Asphalt Institute, National Highway Institute, FHWA, LTAP, TTAP, MTC User Week, APWA, World of Asphalt, NWETC, University of Kansas, UC Berkeley ITS Department and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and countless webinars to name a few.

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2015 Most Popular IPMA™ Tip of the Week | All Spiced UP

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This IPMA™ Tip of the Week was by far the most watched and shared video we had for all of 2015. You folks watched this thousands of times!

I guess the topic of pavement management, and pavement preservation are hot buttons now! Especially when we can get out and put these types of cost effective treatments down for a few bucks a square yard and get those damn ratepayers to stop complaining!!!!

Anyhow, I took some time today at the North Chicago KOA to add a bit of spice to the original recording! After a few microwave meals and a few Blue Moons (with orange slices of course) voila! Please share and enjoy, and if you want to learn more about the HA5® High Density Mineral bond please contact any of our IPMA™ Charter Members, Holbrook, Andale, or Whitaker Contracting!!! see http://www.ipma.co for their contact info!!! Blair

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