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Want to learn more about pavement management, in-place recycling, and pavement preservation? Do you feel like you’re setup for failure as an agency engineer with little or no money to spend on your roads?  Are you aware of the crumbling infrastructure and what you can do to help and become profitable?

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Duluth is Growing Their PCI, You Can Too.

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Nothing, and I mean nothing makes us happier than going out and saving local agencies millions of dollars year after year by implementing an accurate inventory, pavement management program and budget for them. Except for one thing, going back each year there after and doing a third of their network for them!!!!!

We have seen the TBG crew on the consulting side of our business travel over 150,000 miles over the last three years to set up and train cities and counties on how to get their pavements under control and avoid those sleepless nights.

We have also seen the ugly side of the business in our role as a technical trainer where we have had to go in and clean up some rather lack luster pavement management implementations. Perhaps we know too much yikes.

On a positive note, the thing that gets us most excited for sure is going back to see our annual clients, and continuing to see them do more roads for less money and less carbon footprint using MicroPAVER™ or StreetSaver® and following the Three Legged Stool System of Pavement Management that I outline in the Book on Better Roads and teach at IPMA™ Academy.

In this IPMA™ Tip of the Week you are going to get a chance to see an example of this as Audrey Turner, Public Works Director from the City of Duluth walks you through how her PCI is rising each year with the same little budget! Then as a bonus you can watch Jason Spencer APM Master demonstrate how you can input your work history each year in the MTC StreetSaver® software.

Please sit back and enjoy this week’s episode! Be ready to hit the rewind button as there are tons of nuggets here for you to learn from so that you can become the next Pavement Management RockSTAR!!!!

Don’t hesitate to contact me at 404-316-9792 for any reason!

PS We have the half price special on for the next three counties and cities to get started anywhere in USA (actually there are only two spots left as one City in GA just took advantage of that this morning!

PSS TBG is one of only a handful of consultants that have passed the rigorous MTC Prequalification Examination so we are now official P-TAP Prequalified. If you want Certified and Prequalified expert pavement management let’s talk!

PSSS We have had a surge of calls lately to do live training for MicroPAVER™ and StreetSaver® and our schedule is filling up quickly for the cooler months. If you would like to do some online or live training with us, let us know!

PSSSS Don’t forget the AZ Co-Op Agreement can be used to “tag on” and contract with us lickity-split!

PSSSSS If you are at NWPMA in Portland stop by booth #15 and let’s have a chat, my presentation is on Thursday morning!

OK here is the video link again!

Blair

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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

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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.

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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 : )

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Practical Pavement Management for Local Agencies

Have you downloaded the Purdue e-Pub from Blair Barnhardt?

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Session Title

Practical Pavement Management for Local Agencies

Track Title

Pavement Management

Event Description/Abstract

During this presentation, attendees will learn
about best practices for pavement managers.
Whether you are setting up a pavement
management system (PMS) for the first time
and from ground zero, or you are a seasoned
pavement manager working with an existing
system, this presentation will provide you with
current, useful information that you will be able
to apply the moment you step back into your
office.

 

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Ha5 | Rocklin Installs High Density Mineral Bond | IPMA™ Charter Member

Written By: Joe Romer, RGS Inspector for City of Rocklin

Great Job Holbrook Asphalt…Blair

The City of Rocklin, always open to new products to maintain city streets and different strategies for pavement maintenance, applied High Density Mineral Bond (HDMB) treatment to residential streets this past summer. Richard Lawrence, Public Works Supervisor, became interested in HDMB after a webinar session on pavement maintenance products and applications. The City of Rocklin is no stranger to pavement maintenance projects. Slurry seal, crack sealing, micro surfacing and cape seals have been regular components of the city’s maintenance programs.

According to Mark Beatty, Senior Vice President at IPS / Holbrook Asphalt, “The City of Rocklin, was the first California agency to apply a new classification in pavement preser- vation known as a High Density Mineral Bond. With a 14-year performance history in other states, the product minimized any agency risk commonly associated with a first-time project. The surfacing couples a preservation treatment with a track record of performance with high aesthetics that residents embrace.”

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HDMB has triggered intense interest and use nationally based solely upon its performance record. HDMB is a proprietary product of emulsion, polymer additives and very fine aggregates.

 

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It is spray-applied, similar to some seal coats, in a two application process. Rocklin’s research verified the performance history of HDMB. Over 200 million square feet have been installed throughout the U.S. The history of the product dates back to pilot installations in 2002.

It is a preservation treatment intended to keep good pavements in good condition by minimizing oxidative damage from moisture and from UV rays.

“Even though the application was new to California, we were anxious to get it on the ground because it had over a decade of prov- en performance,” stated Rocklin’s Richard Lawrence.

As Tregg Holbrook, founder and CEO of IPS / Holbrook Asphalt, puts it, “As we advised community leaders managing pavement assets, we would steer decision makers to treatments with a known level of functioning, such as slurry, micro surfacing, or chip seals. The feed- back from residents was that they were often displeased with these types of surface treatments after they were installed.

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Suggesting that agencies use pavement sealers that are considered to have better aesthetics, such as fog seals or parking lot emulsion sealers, which both turn roads black and are believed to look good post-installation, was always an option, but the performance longevity was recognized as a considerable weakness.”

As the inspector on this project, and hearing of this product for the first time, there were many questions to be answered. For example; What is it? How is the product applied? How do you measure the application rate? What is the product supposed to look like after application?

After the first day of application, these questions were quickly answered. The “HA- 5” HDMB product was installed by Holbrook Asphalt in July, 2015, working as subcontractor to Sierra Nevada Construction. Dipping the tank on the spreader truck before and after solved the application rate question. The HDMB left the roads a deep black color. This product is applied in two applications per street, requiring a 24-hour closure for the applications to fully cure. Each application consisted of one spreader truck “cutting in the gutters” by hand wand and shield, and the second spreader truck spraying the streets with the spray bar. This procedure was repeated a second time, after the first application had time to break. The average total application rate was 0.35 gallons per square yard. Street closures were planned such that residents were able to park a short distance from their homes. Phone calls were minimal after the residents were able to see the finished product.

There were many lessons learned from this project. Interestingly, it was found that after the HDMB was installed, surface temperatures, anticipated to be higher due to the darker col- or alone, were actually 5 to 10 degrees cooler as compared to adjacent pavements that either had no previous treatment or that had a micro or slurry installed years earlier.

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I-88 Rubberized Asphalt Project

Last year, Asphalt Plus conducted a trial project of dry process crumb rubber modified asphalt on Interstate 88 near Rochelle, Illinois. The project included the laboratory evaluation of two asphalt mix design and placement of two lane-miles of pavement on I-88.

The first mix was:

  • Friction SMA (ILDOT)
  • 34% ABR (5% RAS and 8 lbs of rubber mix per ton)
  • No RAS content

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  • 2 vs. 2.5 mm rut respectively
  • 602 vs. 566 DCT respectively

The second mix was:

  • 12.5 N75 Fine Surface Graded Mix (WIDOT)

Lab testing of the WIDOT mix with and without engineered dry process rubber showed the rubber additions significantly improved mix performance.

Presence of rubber improved:

  • Hamburg rutting from 8.2 mm at 10,000 passes to 3.4 mm at 20,000 passes
  • Increased DCT results from 358 to 482

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The Curran DeKalb plant was modified for dry process asphalt production in a matter of a few hours.

Using a loss-in-weight feeder system:

  • Engineered crumb rubber was injected into production with a high degree of accuracy
  • Plant production of CRM asphalt at full production rates occurred without interruption
  • Two mix designs were produced in sequence with minimal waste

The asphalt mixes were trucked 40 miles on a cool day (55 F at start), and placement temperatures ranged from 235 to 280 F off the trucks.

The Finished Product:

  • Finished without any tearing
  • Vibratory rollers produced specified compaction without special effort and without stopping plant operations

Performance evaluations will continue in the field following a winter of service. The existing record of technology field performance in colder climates strongly suggests that the use of dry process engineered rubberized asphalt mix designs will be permitted as a competitive alternative to other forms of modified asphalt. The cost advantage suggests this process will benefit both producers and road owners.

 

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From http://asphaltplus.com/rubberized-asphalt-trial-project/

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Pavement Managment | News to Use

City unveils Measure A spending plan

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 8.28.53 PMThe county of Santa Barbara Transportation Sales Tax, or Measure A, was passed by voters and is used to keep roads in the county well-maintained for vehicles and pedestrians. On Monday, the city of Santa Maria unveiled how it planned to spend its share of funds generated by Measure A for the next five years.

 

Since 2008, Santa Barbara County has imposed a one-half of a cent sales tax on purchases made in the county to fund transportation projects. Measure A was a continuation of an earlier program called Measure D, which was approved by voters in 1989.

The county collects the funds and, then, distributes them to all the incorporated municipalities to help fund their street maintenance programs.

 

“The distribution is based on population,” said Rodger Olds, Santa Maria’s senior civil engineer. “Santa Maria gets the lion’s share of the money.”

The total allocation for fiscal year 2016-17 is $5.1 million. The total allotment for fiscal year 2016-21 will be $26.2 million.

 

“Of that, we are required to spend 15 percent on alternative transportation expenditures,” Olds said.

The alternative expenditure projects include sidewalk and bicycle lane improvements.

Monday’s presentation only laid out the financial breakdown for the next five years; it did not list specific projects.

 

The city of Santa Maria relies on a computer program to create its paving plan.

“We have a pavement management program called Street Saver. It identifies what roadways need to be maintained and upgraded,” Olds said.

The computer application uses data it receives from city staff members.

“Street crews survey the roadways and give everyone a score. That gets entered into the program,” Olds explained.

 

City streets are also on a resurfacing schedule.

 

“We have been on a chip seal program for years. Every residential street is on a 10-year schedule. Most of our major roadways are on a seven-year schedule,” Olds said.

Chip seal is the process where a multiple layers of a binder is laid on the road surface, then covered with small stones that are rolled and embedded in the binder.

 

“It is a good preservative for roadways,” the city engineer added.

 

A few years ago, the city of Santa Maria used Measure A funds to replace every street light in the city with brighter LED lights.

 

“Some of the area lights in parking lots haven’t been fitted yet, but we are working on it. We are almost done,” Olds said.

 

The city of Santa Maria’s Public Works Department also recently embarked on a project to address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps on sidewalks at intersections in the city.

 

“We are close to getting intersections that don’t have any ramps done,” Olds said.

The Five Year Measure A Program of Projects will next go before the Santa Maria City Council during its May 17 meeting.

From:  https://santamariatimes.com/

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