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.

 

REALLY?

 

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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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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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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Practical Pavement Management for Local Agencies

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Practical Pavement Management for Local Agencies

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Pavement Management

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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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1. How to stretch your budget with proactive and practical pavement management so your Mayor or Chairman will look like a RockSTAR (even though you are the one that did all the work, LOL).

2. How to collect pavement management distress data with StreetSaver® 8 distresses for asphalt and 7 for concrete roadways and parking lots.

3. How and why to run three different budget scenarios, unconstrained budget (as if you won the lottery with your local agency), target driven scenarios and regular budget scenarios (based on what money you currently have and expect to have in the long run).

4. There will be many more nuggets of information each Session along with Q and A at the end of each session, be prepared to send a list of questions to Lori (reply to this email) in advance and/or type them into the chat box during the live sessions.

WARNING: This is LIVE. I’m using GoTo Webinar, which can only hold 1,000 people. So it’s first come, first served. Register here.

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Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual | B.A.R.M

What you will learn:

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 4.37.41 PMThe growing demand on our nation’s roadways over that past couple of decades, decreasing budgetary funds, and the need to provide a safe, efficient, and cost effective roadway system has led to a dramatic increase in the need to rehabilitate our existing pavements. The last 40 years has also seen a dramatic growth in asphalt recycling and reclaiming as a technically and environmentally preferred way of rehabilitating the existing pavements. Asphalt recycling and reclaiming meets all of our societal goals of providing safe, efficient roadways, while at the same time drastically reducing both the environmental impact and energy (oil) consumption compared to conventional pavement reconstruction.

The Board of Directors of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA), in their ongoing commitment of enhancing and expanding the use of asphalt recycling and reclaiming, recognized a need for a “Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual”. The manual was needed in order to expose more owners, specifying agencies, consultants, and civil engineering students to the value and current methods of asphalt recycling. To fill that need, this manual was produced to serve as a handy one-stop reference to those starting out in one of the various forms of asphalt recycling. In addition, it is hoped that this manual will provide additional useful information to those already in- volved in asphalt recycling.

This manual is not written in such detail so that one could use it to completely evaluate, design, specify, and/or construct an asphalt recycling project. It does however, provide information on:

• Various asphalt recycling methods
• Benefits and performance of asphalt recycling
• Procedures for evaluation potential projects
• Current mix design philosophies
• Construction equipment requirements and methods
• Quality Control/Quality Assurance, inspection and acceptance techniques

• Specification  requirements
• Definitions and terminology

Sufficient information is provided so that a rational decision can be made with respect to the feasibility and/or cost benefits of asphalt recycling. From that point, detailed design issues will need to be addressed by those experienced in asphalt recycling techniques prior to the final project design, advertising, tendering or letting and construction.

The benefits of asphalt recycling include:

• Reuse and conservation of non-renewable natural resources

• Preservation of the environment and reduction in land filling

• Energy conservation
• Reduction in user delays during construction

• Shorter construction periods

• Increased level of traffic safety within construction work zone

• Preservation of existing roadway geometry and clearances

• Corrections to pavement profile and cross-slope

• No disturbance of the subgrade soils unless specifically planned

• Such as for Full Depth Reclamation (FDR)

• Improved pavement smoothness Improved pavement physical properties by mod- ification of existing aggregate gradation, and asphalt binder properties

• Mitigation or elimination of reflective cracking with some methods

• Improved roadway performance
• Cost savings over traditional rehabilitation methods

It is important to recognize that asphalt recycling is a powerful method to rehabilitate pavements. When properly applied, it has long term economic benefits allowing owner agencies to stretch their available funds while providing the traveling public with a safe and reliable driving surface.

It is also important to recognize that, although asphalt recycling technology and methods has advanced, not all roadways are appropriate candidates for asphalt recycling. With the almost endless supply of roadways needing rehabilitation, it would be a dis- service to the public and the industry to use poor judgement in attempting an inappropriate recycling project. Hopefully, with this manual and the advice of those experienced in asphalt recycling, only projects that are suitable candidates will be undertaken.

The primary focus of the manual is on the in-place and cold recycling of asphalt pavements. Hot recycling of asphalt pavements through various types of asphalt plants is a well established recycling method. There is a wide variety of information on the subject available from well established sources and therefore has not been covered in any detail in this manual.

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