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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Blair Barnhardt APM
IPMA™ Founder & Executive Director

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Three-legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 6.42.56 PMIf you’re going to set up a three-legged stool™ system of pavement management and
succeed with it, it’s basically three steps.

You’ve got:
• Pavement management as #1,
• Pavement preservation as #2,
• In-place recycling as #3.

When you marry all three of these together,you get the three-legged stool™ system of pavement management.

1. Pavement Management
First of all, many cities and counties typically have no idea how many miles of paved road they actually have. We see this firsthand.  I walk this walk and talk the talk every single day. When I’m not making new curriculum for IPMA Academy or for one of our books or one of our audio or DVD sets, my consulting firm is out there on
the ground doing pavement distress evaluation day in, day out, all across this great country.
Moreover, many cities and counties have no idea of the condition of these roadways. For $0.02 per square yard, they can have a pavement distress evaluation performed, whether they get their own folks to do it in their house or hire an expert consulting firm.
Now if you do hire an expert consulting firm, I highly recommend that the consultants are selected following the guidelines laid out in the APWA Red Book, the qualifications-based selection guide.  So go ahead and get that from Apwa.net if you don’t already have it.  The pavement distress evaluation will help to identify the pavement type, whether it’s chipseal or micro-surfacing, hot-mix asphalt pavement or otherwise, along with the pavement condition index, the all important PCI. Now typically, the PCI has zero as undriveable at the bottom end and 100 as brand new at the top end per ASTM 6433. Now other systems may be 1 to 10 or 0 to 60; we’re
talking in the book predominantly and throughout IPMA Academy about ASTM 6433 or 0 to 100 scale with 100 being brand new.  Once the PCI is in the computer software, three different types of budgets can be run.
These three scenarios are as follows:
1.  A needs-based budget in the scenario the algorithms and the software will compute precisely how much money your city, your county needs each year to get your pavement network at optimum level. That’s an average network level of PCI of maybe 84 to 86. It never gets to 100; 84/86 is optimal. That is like winning the lottery, is what I usually say when we print that binder off and give it to our clients.
We say, “Unless you win the lottery, you’re never going to have enough money to go around to do everything that the software wants you to do.”
2.  Next, we have target-driven scenario, and the target-driven scenario is where you go back to city council or the county commission meeting, and you say, “We’re at a network level of PCI equals 57 that we’d like to get to a 70.” So now knowing that you aspire to get to a PCI of 70, the software will actually go out and tell you how much money it will take to do that and how long it will take to do it. So again, that is a target-driven scenario.
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3.  Now the third is generally the budget scenario that we set up. It is where you come to us or you go to your pavement manager, and you say, “I have $5 million a year to spend, and by the way, there is a detailed little analysis in your book that will tell you how much you should be spending each year on your roads. So make sure you refer to that from time to time.”  So, in the budget case scenario, you tell the program you’ve $5 million to spend; it will go out there and tell you if you’re under
funded and if your network PCI is going to drop or stay the same or go out. Based on that amount per year, you can tweak it so you can spend various amounts per year. If you have a sudden influx of money, you can run another budget scenario and add that.  At this point, I must stress the importance of having a qualified staff to set up your decision tree within a computerized pavement management software platform. There’s two software programs that are used most frequently for cities and counties, and those two are MicroPAVER and StreetSaver. Both programs allow the user to spend just $1,000 or $2,000, and you’re up and running, whether you do it in-house or you hire someone to do it. They’re not expensive, very robust programs, and they can be cloud-based. In the case of MicroPAVER, it can also be on your server.
But most of the industry is heading more towards a cloud-based system with automatic updates, so you never have to worry about automatic backups; you never have to worry about a thing other than putting your data in and managing it. Both programs follow ASTM 6433 and are fully capable of doing all the aforementioned
scenarios and the decision tree setup.
Now remember, a real person has to sit down and put in all the unit prices for the decision tree setup. I will reiterate, many pavement management software programs are very sophisticated and robust, and can run multiple scenarios on multiple different types of pavement and functional class codes, but they are all only being fed thin overlay, medium overlay, and thick overlay. That in itself is a recipe for disaster as there are so many tools in the preservation and rehabilitation toolbox to repair your infrastructure.
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The most common question I get is, “How much does it cost me to set all this up, Blair, and pay for the program?” So again, MicroPAVER or StreetSaver is going to cost you between $1,000 to $2,000, really depending on whether you get your GIS integrated and so forth. Typically, you’re going to spend $0.2 per sq. yard to set up your pavement management network. That’s including having a consultant to come out and rate everything with boots on the ground.
It’s going to save you, with qualified expertise setup, upwards of $10 per sq. yard. Now that’s a net savings of $9.98 no matter how you slice it. It doesn’t really cost you money, therefore, to manage your pavements; it’s actually costing you money not to manage them.
There’s training available through IPMA Academy should you choose to train your team in pavement management, thanks to the partnership between Auburn University and the International Pavement Management Association. Again, IPMA Academy’s 70 hours of the most comprehensive online training available to mankind ever created, you get your Accredited Pavement Manager certification. Now with the partnership with Auburn University, you also get the Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).
We have broken out the three modules, so you can now take one module at a time. If you so choose to put all three together, you get your APM (Accredited Pavement Manager) designation. If you’d only take one module or two modules, you get a certificate for taking that module and the requisite CEUs.
So that is #1. You’ve got your pavement management system set up. Now let’s start going in and plugging in some of the stuff into the decision tree.

2. Pavement Preservation
The second part of the three-legged stool pavement management system is pavement preservation. Now there is a multitude of preservation treatments available across this country to preserve and protect our pavement structure, so that they never fall into a state where they need to be removed and rebuilt completely.  The timing of these treatments is critical, however, but the
good news is this that with the properly designed pavement management software system, your team will have the scientific proof of the proper treatments at the proper time.
Now one of the keys of the entire three-legged stool system is applying the right treatment on the right road at the right time with the right contractor and for all the right reasons, and not just because it’s an election year. An example of this might be as the PCI drops from 100 down to 77, a simple slurry, micro-surfacing or high density mineral bond treatment might be triggered for installation at that time.
This preservation type and timing is set up in the decision tree in the MicroPaver or the StreetSaver software or whatever software you’re using or you’ve selected, which we discussed earlier. Worth noting is that some of the preservation treatments also double as wearing surfaces for the in-place recycled roadways, and I’ll talk about that next.
But before we go any further, I have to reiterate the importance of what preservation is in the eyes of federal highways (FHWA) and the ADA (American Disabilities Act).
What is preservation, and what is an alteration?  You see, the most recent clarifications that have been made by the U.S. Department of Justice concerns the difference between doing a job with a slurry seal
Or micro-surfacing, which could mean you spend $300,000 or $900,000. The reason for that is not just that micro costs a bit more than the slurry, but, more significantly,
choosing micro forces the hand of the city or the county official to also upgrade all of the ADA ramps and sidewalks among other ADA related improvements.
Wondering how significant this is? Well, I do Google Alerts on all of the stuff we talk about in The Book On Better Roads, and just about every week I read about
some city or county that just had their paving project double in cost because of this very subject we just discussed.  One county engineer told me that one of her bucket truck drivers accidentally left the boom up on his truck at an intersection and slightly bent one of the crossbars in the signalized intersection. It cost her county half a million bucks in ADA upgrades to meet the construction compliance laws set up by the Department of Justice.

Now following is a list of some preservation products you may put into play with your city or county. Most of all the products have been used for a decade or more, some for several decades. Again, this is not meant to be an all encompassing list. A little disclaimer here: this is not meant to be an endorsement of any type of product, service, software or otherwise. We don’t roll that way here.
From the top of the curve down, we’ve got, remember, this being 100 and down to 0, and these would all fall up in the upper range of the curve, hence “top of the curve.”
We’ve got rejuvenating agents like the PASS products from Western Emulsions: rejuvenating fog seals, rejuvenating scrub seals. Then we’ve got chip seals: single, double and triple chip seals; tar and chip you may call them, other names along the way.  I’ve got to point this out: Chip seals are not seal coats. Now some state DOTs refer to chip sealing as a seal coat, but a chip seal is a chip seal. A chip seal is a surface treatment; a chip seal is not a seal coat.
Then we’ve got the high density mineral bonds (HA5). We’ve
Got slurry seals; we’ve got micro-surfacing which at one time was referred to as Polymer Modified Slurry (PMs). We’ve got ultra-thin bonded wearing courses. Thin overlays, now we’re talking about the hot-mix family here, and thin overlays with RAS (Recycled Asphalt Shingles) and RAP (Recycled Asphalt Product).  Mr. Gerry Huber talked about this. We were at Purdue together a couple years back, and he had a great discussion about RAS/RAP mixtures with upwards of 57% recycled product. I think there was like 18% Recycled Asphalt Shingles and 39% Recycled Asphalt Product. Also, I want to point out that Dr. Mike Heitzman from NCAT
also did a really good IPMA Academy live session for us just a while back on hot-mix asphalt thin overlays in pavement management.  Again, this list above is not meant to be all inclusive. If I missed something during the recording of the session, know that there are maybe a few others out there that you are considering or your agency already currently uses. So here is where the biggest bang for your buck comes for your city or county and the third leg in the three-legged stool system of pavement management:  in-place recycling.

Since the majority of our four million miles of paved roads in the USA are hot-mix asphalt pavements, we focus on the three main disciplines for hot-mix asphalt pavements, namely Hot In-place Recycling (HIR), Cold In-place Recycling (CIR), and Full-Depth Reclamation (FDR).

However, on the concrete pavement side of the rehabilitation and preservation fence, there are plenty of requisite treatments for PCC as well. One of those we discuss quite often for rehabilitation of PCC is rubblization.
3. In-Place Recycling Treatments
Following are the in-place asphalt recycling disciplines and the respective sub-disciplines.  We’ve got Hot In-place Recycling with the sub-disciplines being:
surface recycling; remixing and repaving. And we’ve got the hybrid combo called Re-HEAT.  Now simply speaking, the surface recycling technique involves a series of sequential heaters that heat up the old asphalt surface in-place. The train moves down the roadway one lane at a time, heating the pavement upwards of 300 degrees, adding polymer modified rejuvenating agent, then scarifying the surface to a nominal depth between one and two inches. The rejuvenated mix is then laid out with an attached screed, just like a conventional paving screed, which is attached to the back-end of the last sequential heater. The mix is compacted with a conventional hot-mix asphalt type pavement equipment.  You could think about this process, the surface recycling, or scarification, as giving you a new leveling course, where wearing surfaces from the pavement preservation list, could be added.

Next, we have the remixing sub-discipline heats up the old in-situ asphalt pavements, similar to the former method I just discussed, but this time, having the ability to add upwards of 30% of new version hot-mix asphalt at the same time. Now imagine, if you will, using that 57% super-duper RAP/RAS combo that I mentioned
earlier in the session as your supplemental admixture for this remixing technique.
In this technique, the crew can do two to three inches in depth by doing sequential heating, milling, and mixing. This technique is used on all types of roads, including the Oklahoma turnpike which I think I just drove over a week ago in the Better Roads bus. In the case of the turnpike, they applied an ultra-thin bonded wearing
course as the top course or the final asphalt layer.

Now the third sub-discipline of Hot In-place Recycling (HIR) is the
repaving method. When we talk about this in class, I use the peanut butter and jelly sandwich analogy. So picture this: Take the old asphalt that gets heated and scarified, much like the first sub- discipline, with the jelly being into new pavement placed on the top of the peanut butter or the one inch of heated old pavement. Both
layers are laid out with a double screed and compacted as one new homogenous mixture.  The Re-HEAT process is kind of a hybrid between the remixing and the surface recycling. It heats up about two inches of the in-situ asphalt mix and scrapes it off the road bed, picks it up and puts it into an onboard batch plant. The batch plant runs right up inside the heater unit, and the asphalt mix gets polymer modified
rejuvenating oil added to it. Nothing else is being added, per se, just the recycling agent and the old asphalt mix, but it’s getting mixed inside of a barrel which results in a really nice homogenous mixture. It now comes out behind the heater in the final preheating and heating stages, and gets put down with basically the exact same paver. It’s integral; it’s attached to the machine itself. It’s as good or better than a standard paver that you would see on a conventional hot-mix asphalt job. The mix goes down through the paver and gets laid out and compacted with conventional compaction equipment. What makes the Re-Heat a bit different is that it does not require an additional wearing surface.

With Cold In-place Recycling (CIR)you can have single unit trains, dual unit trains, and multi unit trains. The contractors are still performing partial depth reclamation and rely on you as the agency to have at least four inches of pavement depth. The contractors can strip off the entire pavement section and recycle it in-place with engineered emulsion or foamed asphalt, provided there is a good structure underneath.  The CIR contractors coin this phrase “following the rock.” It’s
worth noting here that as we go through this list of in-place recycling techniques, we are also following the declining PCI ratings.
We’re following “the curve” as we go down through these treatments. While a Hot In-Place candidate pavement may have a PCI of 62, a CIR candidate may present itself as a PCI 52 and have a thicker pavement section for the contractor to deal with.
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That brings us to FDR (Full-Depth Reclamation) where a typical candidate selection may be a PCI 21 or less.  Now the good news is whether it’s a 21 or an 11 or a 1, it’s still going to require FDR with some sort of wearing course. So don’t struggle once the pavements get down below 30 and think you have to do everything all at once, worst first. No. In fact, you should take two or three years to budget for those types of roads and make sure you have enough money in the budget to cover those costs.

Know that, with in-place options, you can do these FDR projects for a third of the cost of conventional dig out and reconstruction.  There will never likely be a time when you’ll have to ever, ever, ever dig up your old road and haul it away to a landfill site. In fact, for those of you who have seen me do a live conference event, I’ve been known to get the entire audience to stand up and make that pledge with me.

FDR (Full-Depth Reclamation) can be done with mechanical stabilization, chemical stabilization. or bituminous stabilization.  The pavement structure — it can be of any combination of pavement, thickness, granular or dirt — as a requisite treatment will take care of most every situation you may have.  Again, experts know to go out in the field and get proper mixed designs and soil samples, so they can align the right treatment with the right road at the right time for the right reason with the right contractor. At times, soil stabilization can be used in conjunction with the FDR to take care of the very worst case scenarios. I think back to the 30 miles in Natchez Trace Parkway that we did for Federal Highways. We took a full advantage of all the treatments that we talked about today with FDR and soil stabilization.

Note, this in-place method is a fraction of the cost of conventional undercut and provides the same or better surface life, probably the biggest no-brainer of all time.
For more information on any of the above, please refer to your copy of “The Book On Better Roads”.
Wherever you go, thanks for reading the Pavement Management Primer. Hope to see you real soon.

Blair Barnhardt, signing off.

Pavement Management Kick Start Check List

 

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Many of you know our mission, but some are just coming in to our fold having registered for a webinar or one of our training sessions. For those of you who are new and want to catch up, please head over to http://blairbarnhardt.com/ and click your way around.

 

Worth a quick listen to is our plan to save America billions of dollars each year http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1243694 and have a listen to this podcast session where Scott McDonald, APM and I discuss setting up your pavement management system http://ipma.co/betterroadsradio/2014/01/16/episode-3-the-one-where-blair-corners-scott-mcdonald-ipma-advisory-board-member-and-paver-guru/ . If you are wondering how excited our TBG clients get after we finish serving them up a fresh new pavement management implementation watch Mayor Shelley here https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/q9qtijhjaz . Here is a video that was created by the local news team to explain what our crews were doing out there on the roads https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/32gs5ghka7 .

 

Our 2016 PDH Power Hour Webinar Series will walk you through everything you need to purchase, or hire out to begin saving your Agency millions of dollars each year. In fact our learners and clients routinely perform pavement management with The Three Legged Stool™ System of pavement management, and go on to save about million dollars annually for every 250 center lane miles of roadway they have. For example, in Rockdale County GA, Miguel Valentin, PE, APM and Brian Frix, PE, APM are saving about 2 million dollars per year with their 510 center lane miles of roadway after their StreetSaver® implementation with us.

 

Every time we kick start a new implementation of pavement management with a City or a County anywhere in America it seems one of our team members is sitting down with the local agency and asking the same group of questions. For this reason, in our most recent meeting I promised myself I would simplify the questions by making this check list. Feel free to share it amongst your staff and peers!

 

  • Does your local agency have a GIS (Geographical Information System) Guru on staff?

 

If YES, we usually always recommend that your agency pay the $1,750.00 one time integration fee to MTC StreetSaver.

 

 

As Brian Frix, PE, APM (Rockdale County GA and IPMA™ Advisory Board Member states, “To gain maximum potential out of StreetSaver® it’s best to utilize the agencies centerline shape file. It’s a small initial investment that provides a more complete and accurate database upon completion.

 

Always maintain an accurate PCI map. This helps non-technical and elected officials the ability to see the “big picture” without going thru a comprehensive technical report.

 

  • Does your staff have a list of unit prices for typical treatments you have used in the past, i.e. Hot Mixed Asphalt, High Density Mineral Bond, Cold in Place Recycling etc. It is imperative that the pavement management consultant get local regional unit prices as well as first hand knowledge on what treatments are not regionally available.

 

As Mr. Frix, PE, APM states, “Utilize local unit pricing for decision tree setup. And locals decision/ability to utilize certain treatments.” Now is the time to get off the proverbial pot and do some of the more innovative treatments you have been dreaming about doing!

 

  • Have you in the past rated your roads in any way shape of form?

 

Now is the time to come clean with your consultant, if you have done a windshield survey a while back, and or an Excel spreadsheet, now go ahead and give your consultant every stich of paper you may have, in the form of scribbled notes or maps. This information will help provide a solid scientific evidence to ensure a robust pavement management implementation.

 

  • Would you prefer MicroPAVER™ or StreetSaver® implementation?

 

Now is the time to commit to one program or the other. Even though there are other rating systems and tablet programs proliferating the marketplace, I think the only two programs that a PS related are as follows

 

MicroPaver™

StreetSaver®

 

You can demo a free version of StreetSaver® for 30 days here http://www.streetsaveronline.com/ worth noting is that MTC or Metropolitan Transportation Commission who provides the StreetSaver® Software is actually a governmental agency much like you! In fact they have over 400 users worldwide including some of the largest Cities and Counties in America such as Seattle, WA and Houston, TX.

 

 

  • Do you have a paper map for us and a list of roadways?

 

Blair is old school and loves his paper maps, while Jason and some of the other team members love their PDF maps on their iPads in the field! In any case, if you could provide a 36” map that clearly shows all of the roads we can sit down with you and determine the roadway network as a whole. For example, we can determine if you don’t already know what roads will be entered as Arterial, Minor Arterial, Collector and Local. We can decide which roads you may share with the County if you are a City and visa versa. Also, we will discuss our standard operating procedures for accurate measurement.

 

It pains me as a former vice president of a paving firm to see other pavement managers paying little if any attention to detailed quantities and accurate square yard measurements. What good is your budget if no one takes the time to add up all the cul de sacs, turnouts, widenings, round a bout s etc.? In fact, when we have something a little difficult to measure in the field with our digital devices we turn to http://goipave.com/ to do digital take offs.

 

  • Can we get a list of street names as they are entered into your GIS software?

 

In order to ensure that the StreetSaver® auto linkage works at its maximum efficiency and in order to minimize the time that Brian Frix, PE, APM will take performing manual GIS linkage, it is best for Lea and our data entry team to replicate the nomenclature for street name inventory on the GIS files. If you are using the US Tiger GIS Files, the process will take more manual linkage.

 

  • Do you have an idea of what your annual budget for roadway maintenance and rehabilitation will be?

 

As Jonathon Heese, APM Master states. “Just do it!! Figure out how much money you have to spend per year. We ran multiple scenarios at Arapahoe County, Colorado with Blair and fine-tuned our budgets. We also ran several what if unconstrained scenarios and target scenarios.”

 

“Nothing more affordable than StreetSaver® (or MicroPaver). Maybe you have been doing pavement management for years but your efforts have floundered. StreetSaver® and boots on the ground survey can reinvigorate you pavement management and give you the confidence to begin again. This time though, right sized and much more sustainable than before. Even very small towns are using StreetSaver® effectively. It has been said the right exercise for you is the one that you will do. The same could be said for pavement management. This is the easiest way and most cost effective method to save your agency money!”

 

 

Here is a short video of Jon discussing his set up in Arapahoe County, Colorado (the oldest County in Colorado) https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/yv7a57o3i2

 

Here is a sample final report that we did for City of Winder, GA https://ipma-1.wistia.com/medias/9gus5nnh31

 

  • Do you have some of your own equipment for preservation and rehab?

 

Many of our clients perform some of their work in house. Whether paving or crack sealing and filling or otherwise, we need to know so we can customize your work plan and requisite Decision Tree to maximize your return on investment as well as recommend other types of equipment you may benefit from owning. We will also determine when it is time to hire out to contractors rather than use your in house equipment.

 

  • Do you have accurate unit prices for all of your previous work?

 

In order for us to customize your StreetSaver® Decision Tree it is imperative that we are using current pricing. Ask me one day why The Barnhardt Group exists and I will tell you the story of when I was taking care of all of the Public Works Services for the largest privatized City in America, The City of Sandy Springs. They paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for pavement management from a high level consultant and got unit prices from 7 states away and two decades ago!

 

If you want to save millions following the Three Legged Stool™ System of pavement management that I outline in the Amazon Number One Best Seller The Book on Better Roads, then it is imperative that we are dealing with current and accurate unit pricing! Further we are utilizing ALL OF THE TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX. Many consultants will leave you with a binder full of PCI ratings with three repairs, namely, thin overlay, medium overlay and thick overlay. SHAME ON YOU if you fall into that trap!!!!

 

Where I come from, the State DOT used to overlay their roads on a 7-year cycle, now one of their officials stated at a recent national meeting that due to budget constraints they could only overlay on a 99 year cycle. One day I will find that video clip and produce it as an IPMA™ Tip of the Week for your enjoyment!!!

 

  • Are there any dangerous areas of town we shouldn’t be in after dark?

 

We have to know the answer to this question just so we can stay alive to manage more pavements and make more videos.

 

OK this list is still in the works and I will edit it as I prepare the PDH Power Hour 2016 webinar series, but for know, I need to get out on the Prowler and survey some more roads for The City of Kingman, AZ. For those of you in AZ, recall that we have the cooperative bid clause set up with the City so you can bolt onto that contract at your earliest convenience!

 

Blair

 

Call me at 404-316-9792 anytime 7 days a week or blair@ipma.co we love serving our Circle Of Pavement Management RockSTARS!!!!

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Flash Sale | 15 Hours on Pavement Management Training

Blair is going to kill me!

The Unreleased Black Album was selling SO fast!!  I panicked and ordered the 8 DVD Special instead of the Single DVD (yeah, and a whopping 200 pcs).

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This one is normally $400 BUCKS!

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Dr. Gary Hicks, PE
Miguel Valentin, PE, APM
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High-volume pavement preservation: Untapped potential for contractors

Re-Blogging from Better Roads Magazine

BY:  Chris Hill

|  February 15, 2016 |

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.10 PMAsphalt pavement preservation is a tactic used primarily in the realm of low-volume roadways. It has helped municipalities expand road life, keep overall highway maintenance costs down, and keep residents relatively happy during their commutes to and from work and home.

The success of these programs, along with interest from the Federal Highway Administration, is now pushing the paving industry to focus on pavement preservation for high-volume roadways.

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University is leading the way, implementing pavement preservation test plots on U.S. 280 in central Alabama. The highway is a major artery into the metro Birmingham area. (See sidebar below, “High-volume preservation method testing.”)

NCAT directed placement of these plots last summer, collecting performance data such as roughness, rutting and cracking. In addition to collecting this data weekly, they are also studying more long-term performance metrics (such as field permeability) on a quarterly basis.

The test is designed to be a “rational starting point,” in order to narrow down which pavement preservation techniques are the optimal combination of life-cycle costs and performance. The secondary goal is to use the data gathered to create guide specifications, and to recommend guidelines for pavement quality assurance testing and inspection.

NCAT’s partner in road research, Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), is also testing some of the same pavement preservation treatments on high volume roadways in Minnesota’s cold-weather climate.

“Our goal is to execute a single experiment with nationwide impact through the MnROAD partnership,” says Buzz Powell, NCAT assistant director and test track manager. “This involves experiment design, construction planning, installation, performance testing, dissemination of findings, and (most importantly) implementation. It would be ideal for guidelines/specifications to be universal; however, best practices could vary as a function of climate, materials, etc.”

 

Municipal experience

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.00 PMThe Charleston County (South Carolina) Transportation Development department has been a model example of a municipality continually improving and expanding a preservation program. In honor of those achievements, For Pavement Preservation (FP2) awarded the agency its 2014 James B. Sorenson Award. FP2 lauded the agency for its work testing and implementing multiple preservation techniques, and for its communication efforts explaining the preservation work to the public.

Though more than 80 percent of the county’s preservation work takes place on low-volume roadways, according to Richard Turner, project and preservation program manager, one method stands out for its effectiveness on high-volume roadways: microsurfacing.

“We continue to run pilot projects trying different applications, and probably the most used is microsurfacing,” Turner says. “I’ve seen that successfully placed on high-volume roads here in Charleston, by us or by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), assuming it’s put on the right road at the right time. If you put a microsurfacing treatment down on a road that’s a little bit further into its life, the microsurfacing lifecyle won’t be as good as it would be if you applied the treatment earlier in its life.”

This technique is fairly new in the market for high-volume roads in South Carolina, with SCDOT using the technique for the first time seven years ago (on U.S. 17 in Charleston County). Turner says his agency’s first use of the technique was in 2011.

“We’re looking at a market that’s five to seven years old,” he says, adding that he hasn’t been able to work with contractors in South Carolina because there aren’t any doing the work. Instead, contractors from adjacent states are winning the contracts.

“The two or three companies that are bidding on projects throughout South Carolina are able to have a nomad crew that comes and spends 30 to 60 days in each county, get the work done and report back. I don’t know if there’s anyone in the state ready to invest yet or not.”

From Turner’s perspective, microsurfacing is a far better application for high-volume settings (compared to low-volume roads), a viewpoint that comes as a direct result of his agency’s communication efforts. It boils down to look and feel.

“When it’s placed on roads that are higher volume, we’ve gotten no complaints,” he says. “When we’ve placed it on lower volume roads, that’s when we get the questions. It’s mostly because you have folks walking on these roads and they’re looking at every little detail of that road. They can tell that it’s not the same as a hot mix or dense graded asphalt. That’s when they notice it. When you’re driving down the road you can’t see it or feel it. You can’t tell that it’s any different.”

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 7.17.22 PMPlacing a microsurface treatment on high-volume roads changes the esthetics of the mat, Turner explains, with more traffic improving its appearance within the first month of use. “The effectiveness of it doesn’t change one way or another, but from a public perception standpoint, I think it looks better on a high volume road,” he adds.

Public perception of microsurfacing has taken a hit from instances of improper placement, and also from the application being used as more of a temporary bandage. “Those roads needed much more than a microsurfacing or some other preservation treatment,” Turner says.

Turner’s point touches on a major concept of pavement preservation. A roadway in need of major work, or one that is failing, is not a good candidate for preservation work and requires more extensive rehabilitation. To paraphrase Marty Comer, the president of Comer Contracting in Connecticut, even in lieu of public opinion, preservation is a difficult concept for some municipalities to grasp.

“It’s a real tough sell,” he says. “Pavement preservation is for ‘good’ pavement, and to get people to spend money on good pavement is sometimes a challenge. In dealing with municipalities, it’s a tough sell when they have bad roads that need work and then they try and spend money on preservation work. That’s what the whole industry has been promoting for quite a number of years, but it’s still a tough sell.”

 

Contractor perspective

As in South Carolina, microsurfacing has emerged as the high-volume preservation of choice in Connecticut. And just like its southern counterpart, Connecticut faces a shortage of contractors to perform the task. Even as a pavement preservation specialist, most of Comer’s work is chip seal.

But, much of the preservation work in the state has been handled a different way. Connecticut has seen a strong run of resurfacing work over the past few years, with the state’s Department of Transportation recently reporting 2015 as the fourth straight year of increased two-lane road resurfacing.

“There was a lot of bituminous concrete (asphalt) put down last year as far as historical amounts, and they plan to do a fair amount this year,” Comer says. “ConnDOT has a tendency to call that pavement preservation, especially if it’s thin lift, because the paving industry has tried to make that the pavement preservation of choice.“

“The public will, to a certain extent, accept cape seal in this area with chip seal and microsurfacing over it,” he adds. “They still turn their nose up at it a little bit, but it’s perceived as more acceptable because it’s smoother. “

“The name of the game in any surfacing project is to avoid having loose stone. For instance, if you’re going to chip seal, it needs to be swept practically the same day. That’s where I think it’s going, at least where I’m working. The motoring public doesn’t accept chip seal well, but if you can make it smoother, if you can sweep it up real quick, then the pavement maintenance industry can have more success. You certainly have to be neat and produce a good looking product.”

 

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Pavement Management |Testimonial | Arapahoe

Jonathon Heese, APM Master, Arapahoe County, CO

Jon: Hi folks Jon Heese of Arapahoe County. I usually do blooper rolls for Blair; I was hoping to make an exception this time [laughter]. So we brought the Barnhardt Group and last year and got them to a evaluate 25% of our roadway network, got that done and put into the StreetSaver® software. We’ve been doing pavement managing for a long time, many years, we had a retirement and we thought this is a good time to look at our practices and take a close look at what we’ve been doing and see if we want to make changes. We ended up doing 25% of the network put it into StreetSaver® software, we liked what we saw so we went ahead and did the other 75% this year.

Blair is just wrapping up now today with us we’ve got the entire network, about 350 center lane miles of our network in the StreetSaver® software, and if you ever get a chance to work with the Barnhardt group, maybe on the last day you could talk Blair into sitting down with you like he did with us and going through all of the reports, that’s great. Real time, he will be there with you if your schedules work out and he can have that back-and-forth with him about what you’ve been doing and your decision tree and how the report comes out, all the various reports, how to get you to PCI that you want, and how much money it will take you to get all of those things. It’s a great opportunity if you get that chance, so we just did that, Blair is printing out his final report and we will be picking through that over the next several weeks.

Thumbs up if you get a chance to work with the Barnhardt group, I would recommend it even if you can’t work with the Barnhardt Group, I did read the book. If you get a chance to pick up the book, it’s free. Just email blair@ipma.co he will send you a free copy of the book [The Book on Better Roads, Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management], definitely worth reading, maybe give you some ideas that you haven’t thought of. That’s it for me, Blair, nice to talk to you folks.

As the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “The Book on Better Roads – Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management” I have witnessed the transformation of local agencies just like you as they save millions of dollars by treating the right roads, at the right time, with the right treatment, for the right reason and with the right contractor!  You see, I have been in YOUR shoes!  Back in 2005, I was thrown into the position of Public Works Director for the largest privatized City in America, the City of Sandy Springs!  To make matters worse, there was no tax revenue in the coffers when the City broke free from the County, so I had to quickly learn how to do MORE with LESS!

I promised myself back then that no local agency should ever have to struggle with maintaining their crumbling infrastructure.  So over the last decade our team has built an entire suite of pavement management products and services that could collectively save this great Country 2.5 Billion Dollars a YEAR!  Take advantage of my 3 decades of experience in the pioneering trenches of the pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation industry!  Our team is the leader in this industry and is the voice for all new innovation across the nation!  Want to start saving millions like our other learners and clients?

Call today:  404-316-9792 or email lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com

Pavement Management Testimonial From Mayor Shelley Hansel

Wellington, KS Pavement Management Plan

Watch Full Video Here:

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And, here is the audio transcript:

Mayor Shelly Hansel, Wellington, KS

Shelly: Hi, I’m Shelly Hansel, the Mayor of Wellington, Kansas. And we just had our first session with Blair Barnhardt for our pavement study. We have to say; it is probably the best money that we have ever spent as far as I’m concerned in the city of Wellington. We now have a progressive roadmap so to speak of what we can do to improve the streets of our community. Without The Barnhardt Group, we would just be fixing things willy-nilly, but now we know what is a priority and what isn’t and how to move forward and save our city money. So I’m going to tell you right now, the Barnhardt group is the best decision you’ll ever make. It’s a progressive movement for your city to make move forward and have better streets and happier citizens.

As the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “The Book on Better Roads – Saving Your Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management” I have witnessed the transformation of local agencies just like you as they save millions of dollars by treating the right roads, at the right time, with the right treatment, for the right reason and with the right contractor!  You see, I have been in YOUR shoes!  Back in 2005, I was thrown into the position of Public Works Director for the largest privatized City in America, the City of Sandy Springs!  To make matters worse, there was no tax revenue in the coffers when the City broke free from the County, so I had to quickly learn how to do MORE with LESS!

I promised myself back then that no local agency should ever have to struggle with maintaining their crumbling infrastructure.  So over the last decade our team has built an entire suite of pavement management products and services that could collectively save this great Country 2.5 Billion Dollars a YEAR!  Take advantage of my 3 decades of experience in the pioneering trenches of the pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation industry!  Our team is the leader in this industry and is the voice for all new innovation across the nation!  Want to start saving millions like our other learners and clients?

Call today:  404-316-9792 or email lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavement Management | Secret Weapons | IPMA

These 5 things have made the biggest difference in my career …ever.

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Yours for the taking, here 🙂

Blair

P.S.  Literally. I think this is the coolest thing I could possibly offer you.

About three weeks ago, I presented this to a diverse group of City and County Staff Members ranging from a Road Tech all the way to a Director of Public Works for a County with 1457 Center Lane Miles (and the Commissioners, LOL) …and they all flipped out over this information.

You’re a Public Works Professional or Pavement Professional so you’ll “get it” fast, and I think you’ll be able to implement it even faster.  Enjoy!

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Pavement Management | Secret Sale | Blair Barnhardt

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Looks like you’re not on the Insider’s List for the Secret Sale.

 

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The reason why is because this is the most generous, outlandish, and fun offer in the history of Pavement Management.

 

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P.S. Seriously. You’re going to enjoy this a lot. Get the full scoop here.

IPMA Academy | Accredited Pavement Managers | Testimonials Part 1

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Adelina Lowry, MD, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.

A.  I learned the criteria to quantify the range of impact of a pavement treatment on the PCI, based on the life span of the treatment
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  More than two items:

•    Propose the paving coring at the project level to validate the road treatment recommended by the decision tree (PCI vs Treatment)

•    Propose a new pavement investment strategy:
* 20 % budget – pavement preservation
* 60 % budget – pavement rehabilitation
* 20 % budget – pavement reclamation/recycling
•    Evaluate the performance over time of the existing pilot samples of HA5 applied to sections of subdivision roads of different ages

Wayne McField, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  MORE about FDR and pavement treatments and timing.

Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  All of it. It is very informative.

Jeremy Lucero, PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.  

A.  I was surprised to learn that lime could be used to mitigate the swell potential of clays.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  Lime as a swell mitigation technique and possibly cement in CIP.

Luis Padilla, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  The fact that there are still so many out there that wont take action to make necessary improvements to their roadways.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job? 

A.  Application process/material usage and when

Brian Boder PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  There are more tools in the proverbial tool bag than I expected.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  Managing pavements works and continue experimenting with different techniques and materials

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