Award Winning Cold-in-Place Project in Canada

For those of you who don’t know me, I spent the earlier part of my career in Canada growing the pavement management, in-place pavement recycling and preservation business across the country. I also spent several years on the board of directors with as the CORE Chairman, the committee on recycling education. I am putting this Bonus Chapter in for several reasons, some of which I will keep to myself, some I would like to share with you.

One, anyone in this day and age can set up a Google Alert on pretty much any topic they so desire. I choose to set up a handful on all things that we talk about in the book. So today, as I write the final chapters, I am sharing information with you from the internet that is current as of today’s date. You can see this just like me right here at and thanks for sharing this story with our audience Bay Shore Broadcasting in Canada!

Two, for decades I have asked local agencies to embrace pavement management, in-place recycling and pavement preservation. It WORKS! There are counties and cities across the world DOING IT!   It is not NEW! Let me repeat, it WORKS, there are folks just like you DOINT IT, and it WORKS!

Three, this is a great example of a success story, but reputable contractors teaming up to share their knowledge with the world via the internet. This same type of Internet sharing of knowledge will eventually show enough Stringbender™ success stories to crumble down the walls that the Naysayers have put up. Trust me on that one!

Four, we need more stories of success just like this one to CRUSH THE NAYSAYERS!

Five, when I listen to the MP3 here it reminds of when I used to live in Canada LOL!

Six, I immediately recognize all of the names in the story, having spent many long days working for these same folks at some point. Many that used to be local agency folks are now working on the private sector side of the fence!   Hope you all are doing alright up there folks!

Seven, I wanted to remind the readers and listeners here today that in addition to IPMA™ where local agencies join for free at there are many other great trade associations out there. I have tried to stay on the high road throughout the book, and want to end on that positive note by asking you to consider taking part in other trade associations such as and so you get a chance to hear things from a different perspective and formulate your own unique blend of wisdom back there at your office!

Eight, this is a great example of industry partnering together for a common goal. We need to all work together if we are to resurrect our economy. As the author of this book I want to remind the readers that we are willing to partner with any reputable association, firm, or person that will further our movement –

Nine, the consulting side of the business at works anywhere in USA and Canada to serve our local agencies in any way we can with their pavement management. I didn’t want you folks up there to feel left out in the book. Our RV can travel wherever we need to be to save our crumbling roads.

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Also, we did a really cool session on CIR for the Driving America for Better Roads (and Canada) series from Niagara Falls (Canadian Side) a while back. You can watch it right here please share and enjoy!

So as you listen to the transcription of the award winning CIR job description, please think about the reasons above why I chose this article.

Stringbenders™ UNITE! We can defeat the Naysayers!

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Huron Wins Asphalt Award

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:21 AM by Rick Stow

Dave Laurie and Mike Alcock receive award for asphalt recycling


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(Huron County)-

Huron County’s Public Works Department has copped an industry award for its asphalt recycling program.

At Huron’s Committee of the Whole Day One session Wednesday (April 9th), Bentley Ehgoetz of Lavis Contracting and Trevor Moore of the Miller Group made the presentation to the County’s Dave Laurie and Mike Alcock.

Alcock explains that the County’s Cold In-Place Asphalt Recycling Program, in operation since 1998, has won the 2014 Charles Valentine Award for Excellence.

The annual accolade is a presentation of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and submissions are made from all over North America.

The County’s Civil Engineering Technologist tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that fully half of Huron’s 730 kilometre road network is topped with the recycled asphalt mix.

Alcock says the process saves money by re-using the asphalt with new emulsion.

He says the blend is less prone to cracking.

Trevor Moore, the Corporate Director of Technical Services with the Miller Group notes that Huron County was a pioneer in the use of milling machines to achieve a wider road swath during the paving process.

BONUS CHAPTER FIVE – HIR – ReHEAT® Article – Roads & Bridges Magazine

Greenville Goes Green: An Article Written for Roads & Bridges Magazine in April 2011 by Blair Barnhardt, APM

Over forty years ago, a small businessperson in America ran out of hot mixed asphalt on a paving project he had to finish before winter. With no hot mixed asphalt available to his forces, and a pending driving blizzard, this young man rallied his troops to bear torches, hand rakes and used motor oil to heat up the old asphalt in place and rejuvenate it on site. That following spring, there was no discernable difference in appearance with the new asphalt and the recycled asphalt on the project so this small businessperson went on to build his first hot in place asphalt recycling train. Moreover, this same person was one of the three founding fathers of our Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA), the voice of our recycling industry in North America, and the world. (ARRA and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) wrote the Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual (BARM), the textbook that we use in our National Highway Institute Training Workshops)

Two score of years has passed and this person’s son has built the premiere set of machines to perform what he has coined the Re-HEAT® 100% hot in place asphalt recycling process. Unlike its predecessors in the industry this equipment does not employ the three well-known ARRA sub disciplines that we teach in classroom (scarify, remix or repave) rather we refer to this as a newly formed hybrid process. The Re-HEAT® equipment train heats the insitu asphalt roadway up to 600 Deg. F, picks up the hot asphalt from the road base, rejuvenates it in an on board mixing drum and redistributes it at 300 Deg. F consistent temperature via a conventional paving screed. Once conventional compaction equipment compacts the 2 to 3 inch thick layer of fresh recycled Re-HEAT® asphalt, the traffic can begin to use it immediately.

By definition, the Re-HEAT® process is an on-site, in place, pavement rehabilitation method that consists of heating the existing pavement with a thermal transfer of up to 600 degrees F, removing the aged and distressed surface course asphalt, adding a polymer modified asphalt-rejuvenating emulsion, mixing the material uniformly in an on-board mixing drum, re-laying the recycled material, followed by conventional compaction equipment. Unlike some of the other in-place recycling trains that are well suited to long stretches of county and state roads, the Re-HEAT® units occupy a mere 200 linear feet and can articulate when required to get in and around city cul de sacs and traffic circles. Moreover, the Re-HEAT® train is capable of literally peeling off an asphalt overlay from an underlying concrete pavement, tack the concrete, and re apply the rejuvenated hot mixed asphalt to the agencies street.

In the case of Greenville, MS, their City Engineer headed up a pavement evaluation and selected the most appropriate streets for the Re-HEAT® process. Mr. Anderson states, “While the work is ongoing at the time of this article, and weather has caused some delays, some of the streets that have been rehabilitated to date are Robertshaw from Hwy 1 to Colorado, Trailwood from Reed Road to Anne Stokes St.  Also, at typical cross section of the road is 24′ wide, 3″ of asphalt and 8″ of crushed stone”.

Unlike other methods of in-place, recycling such as heater scarified hot in place, cold in place recycling and full depth reclamation, the Re-HEAT® method does not require a final wearing course such as microsurfacing or hot mixed asphalt paving. While all of the recycling techniques just mentioned will always save 30% to 40% in comparison to conventional rehabilitation techniques, the Re-HEAT® may offer the greatest savings of all to the agency provided the in-situ road section is an appropriate match for the process. (The author would like to stress the importance of a comprehensive pavement distress evaluation married to the most appropriate recycling and pavement preservation strategy at the correct time to achieve the maximum savings and service life).

While I get frustrated at times having spent the latter 15 years teaching asphalt recycling and pavement preservation across the country and seeing low to moderate interest for processes that could potentially save their agencies 30-50% of their annual budget for roads, I am inspired by the latest developments in this equipment and how one agency had taken full advantage.

Much like the story of the young businessperson above who persevered to build his small business innovations into eco-efficient asphalt recycling machines for the world to embrace, The City of Greenville has grown into a prosperous place perched on the highest part of the Mighty Mississippi between Vicksburg and Memphis. Located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Greenville is a town of spirit that has survived flood, fever and fire. In many ways the City has not changed. It is the same City led by the spirit of men who built it, those weary men who, returning from the Civil War, found their homes in ashes and rebuilt it.

The city of 130 years now is face to face with another rebuilding of sorts, not unlike that of its ancestors. The largest port on the Mississippi River, Greenville has a plethora of aging infrastructure and 150 miles of roads that require rehabilitation. I sat down last week and had a candid conversation with Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson and her City Engineer Mr. Lorenzo Anderson, PE. The Mayor and her staff make an exemplary case study of how any city or county in America can save millions by implementing a solid pavement management, recycling and preservation program. Our United States Department of Transportation (FHWA) has long since proven that this type of three legged stool approach can save agencies millions by using green recycling techniques coupled with life extending pavement preservation techniques.

Several years back, Mayor Hudson challenged her department heads to come up with methods of rehabilitation for their infrastructure that would not only save money but also be more energy efficient and sustainable. “Going green and the economy are synonymous, Lorenzo brought great ideas to the table including job creation, costs savings and benefits for the community”, says Hudson. The Mayor also gave the City Engineer the go ahead to purchase MicroPAVER pavement management software during this period and her staff went out, gathered pavement distress survey data, and began to load it into the computer software. Their average network level pavement condition index (PCI with 0 being impassable and 100 being new or having major rehabilitation) was in the high 50s.

“Once we settled on the Re-HEAT® method as the most suitable means of in-place rehabilitation for our streets we started the bid process. As we were the first agency in Mississippi to implement this hybrid type of hot-in-place recycling work, we called agencies such as the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ohio DOT to obtain historical information on their experiences with this process and guidance. Since we do have a local paving contractor in the City, we also allowed for the option of a two inch mill and inlay bid in lieu of the Re-HEAT® process at the time of the letting”, states City Engineer Lorenzo Anderson.

“Based on the competitive bids that we received, we were pleasantly surprised to see that with the Re-HEAT® process we could plan to do 43 city streets instead of the original 20 that we had budgeted with the conventional mill and inlay process used in previous years. With the 50% savings we are getting we can do over twice as many roads”, proclaims Mayor Hudson. “This is great for our people, businesses and growth in our City! Now I can say that green is the new green. When the equipment arrived on the first section of work, and we all went out there to see it, touch it, and watch it in action, we couldn’t believe how fast and efficient Re-HEAT® turned it (the old road) over into a new street without the long line of trucks and noisy, dusty milling equipment”, emphasizes Mayor Hudson.

“In fact the local State wide paving company CEO visited the jobsite and got a vision of how everything was going to go and got a good idea that recycling is the way to go’, says the Mayor. “During a trip to France last year, I saw firsthand how advanced some European agencies are when it comes to asphalt recycling and sustainability. We have a great opportunity with our City to get everyone on board and be at the forefront of it, not necessarily putting someone out of a job, with Re-HEAT® it is good for the community, environment and the future by using our resources most wisely”, reiterates the Mayor.

Recently appointed to Chair the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Mayor Hudson comments “since the Re-HEAT® train emits 65% less emissions than a stand-alone asphalt plant and has 80% less of a carbon footprint because of its eco-efficient design means a lot to me and the colleagues that are part of my committee. This in-place process eliminated the trucking of over thirty thousand tons of millings and asphalt on one job alone. That equates to over 2,000 truckloads of resources that will not be driving over our other streets and damaging them to get to and from the project. Our committee has discussed emissions problems in North Carolina and West Coast states but we feel that if there are problems with pollution in some parts of the country, eventually it will become a problem nationwide”.

Lorenzo Anderson adds, “Our network PCI ratings are increasing about 7 points a year since we implemented the MicroPAVER™ pavement evaluation and management system and combined it with asphalt recycling. While we do some of our worst streets with a reclaimer (full depth reclamation is another discipline with ARRA), our biggest cost savings comes with the Re-HEAT® train. Once the road is hot in place recycled, we reset the PCI in our software to 100, and fully expect to see a 12-15 year life cycle similar to that of a mill and inlay at half the cost.”

It is worth noting that streets typically fall about three PCI points per year when left unattended, so the fact that Greenville streets are going up 7 points a year on average is a huge testament to their overall approach. Mr. Anderson plans to implement other pavement preservation techniques such as micro surfacing and thin overlays in the future once their backlog of poor condition roads are rehabilitated with the Re-HEAT® process.

For the past, few years Lorenzo Anderson has been using asphalt millings to make his gravel roads last longer, full depth reclamation for his roads with PCIs fewer than 50. He also plans to use the Re-HEAT® process once the initial contract is finished. “I especially like the idea that the Re-HEAT® layer offers twice the crack mitigation against the underlying cracks versus a conventional mill and inlay”, states Mr. Anderson.

Combining a solid pavement management program such as MicroPAVER™, asphalt recycling and pavement preservation have certainly helped Mayor Hudson save millions of dollars for her citizens in Greenville. Mayor Hudson touts, “green is the new green!” When I asked the Mayor as member of the Alumnae Association of Atlanta’s Spelman College, what advice you would give to our Atlanta City Mayor Kasim Reed, she said emphatically, “Get recycling asphalt!”

“This is an easy way to make a big difference with our environment; we were the first City in Mississippi to use the Re-HEAT® process to recycle our roads in place without a wearing course. I will be telling anyone who will listen, the LGAC members, county commissioners, city politicians; this is a no brainer for us! This process takes so much less time and we are in and out of neighborhoods quickly. The timesavings is not something that everyone talks about, but community members are well aware of the long delays, limited access to driveways, messy tack coat, dust, lines down and noise from conventional mill and inlay projects. They appreciate what we have done so far, one-day traffic control people, once they pass their house they are finished. The residents leave from an old road in the morning and return to a new road that afternoon”.

Mayor Hudson and City Engineer Anderson would welcome any questions that the reader may have regarding this article. For further information, please contact the author of this article Mr. Barnhardt is a National Highways Institute (NHI) Certified Instructor for Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) National Instructor and a course designer and instructor (pavement preservation, recycling and management) for a prominent USA University. His consulting firm also specializes in MicroPAVER™ and StreetSaver® pavement evaluation services.

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ReHEAT® HIR Train in Action

Here is the link to the digital version at Roads and Bridges

Griffith moves forward with Ridge Road repairs

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GRIFFITH | The town has signed a contract to resurface Ridge Road from Cline to Colfax avenues this summer.

The Town Council has contracted Gallagher Asphalt Corp. of Thornton for the work.

It has been about 15 years since Ridge was reconstructed down to its 18-inch bottom layer, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.

Instead of tearing out the entire road structure this time, the council will use a method to rehabilitate the under layers and replace only the actual driving surface.

It is known as “Hot in Place Recycling,” said Patrick Faster, Gallagher national sales director.

Faster said his firm does work for the city of Chicago and many other locations in the United States.

Depending on local asphalt costs, the recycling technique can save from 10 percent to 40 percent.

Once the top layer of roadway is removed, Gallagher can save the stone in the lower layers, Faster said, noting that an aging road structure typically loses its oil content while the stone is still good.

“We reuse what you have,” he said. “The aggregate sat in the ground for 800,000 years. We think it’s (certainly) good for another 10.”

The under layers are slowly reheated to about 300 degrees, then a liquid rejuvenating agent is introduced.

The method does one lane at a time, which means the road does not have to be closed, Faster said.

The removal and replacement of the driving surface will be done by Walsh & Kelly Inc. of Griffith.

An unofficial timeline has preliminary work beginning on Monday, with the whole project taking about a month.

“The town is anticipating Ridge Road to be fully complete no later than Aug. 14,” Konopasek said.

Konopasek noted that 45th Street could be another candidate for the technique after Ridge is done.

In the meantime, the townwide road renovation project continues with all paving complete north of Ridge, Konopasek said.

Walsh & Kelly is now north of the Cady Marsh Ditch, between Broad Street and Colfax.

Next, work will move south of the ditch to the areas west of Broad, east of the railroad tracks and north of 45th.

This work should be done by the end of September, Konopasek said, and work will start south of Main Street.

“It is anticipated to have the entire town’s scheduled paving completed by the middle of October,” Konopasek said of the project that began last year.

ESG Operations to take over Moultrie’s water and waste system

Congratulations to our Charter Member, ESG Operations, Inc. Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.07.46 PM MOULTRIE, GA. — ESG Operations will be taking over Moultrie’s water and waste water system. Moultrie City Council approved a contract with the management company during its city council meeting last week. City Manager, Mike Scott said the ESG has the maintenance and operation contract but “they will operate just like the department does under the guidance of our utility department. The rate will still be set by city council,” Scott said. Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.08.06 PM “It will be seamless to the customer and they’ll have a full time office here to manage their onsite staff,” he added. Scott said long term they hope it will provide some savings and the operation of those departments to the citizens. “Initially, we don’t think we’ll have a large amount of savings but down the road we think with some of their purchasing power, the ability to do capital projects in house and we think that will be a benefit to the city and long term savings. So we’re looking down the road,” Scott said. Residents will have the same bill which comes from City hall. Scott said the contract is also a benefit for the employees. “We have a lot of openings. It’s difficult to hire and retain people in those fields. We hope that the operation of ESG will help that cause those people have to be certified. And they have a large pool of people who do that so we think that will be a great benefit to us also,” Scott said. The contract with ESG Operations will be effective  on July 1st.

See Blair Barnhardt in San Antonio. TACERO

 Can anyone play GOLF?

2015 Annual TACERA Conference & Workshop

OCTOBER 20-22, 2015

Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel

111 East Pecan Street

San Antonio, Texas 78205



Tuesday – October 20, 2015

7:30 – 5:00 pm         Conference Registration

8:00 – 8:05 am          Opening Remarks and Welcome

Michael Shannon, P.E., CFM – President, TACERA


8:05 – 9:05 am          County Legal Issues with Roads and Drainage Areas

William T. Higgins V, Assistant District Attorney – Tarrant County

9:05 – 9:30 am          Break – Exhibit Hall

9:30 – 10:30 am       Employee Discipline Documentation & Job Descriptions

Diana Cecil, SPHR, HR Consultant – Texas Association of Counties


10:30 – 11:00            am      Break – Exhibit Hall

11:00 – 12:00 pm       County Purchasing Department Guidelines

Melissa Lee, C.P.M. – Tarrant County

12:00 – 1:30 pm       Lunch


1:30 – 4:30 pm          Field Trip – Rinker Materials (San Antonio, Texas)

4:30 – 6:30 pm       Early Bird Reception – Hosted in Exhibit Hall

Conference Exhibitors & Sponsors

Cash Bar and Sponsored Beer Keg

Door Prize Drawings

Wednesday – October 21, 2015

7:30 – 5:00 pm         Conference Registration                                 

8:00 – 8:05 am           Welcome & Introductions

   Michael Shannon, P.E., CFM – President, TACERA

8:05 – 9:00 am         TXDOT Update

                                   John Barton, Deputy Executive Director – TXDOT

9:00 – 9:15 am         Break – Exhibit Hall                             

9:15 – 10:15 am        Three Legged Stool Pavement Management System (Leg 1)

                                   Blair Barnhardt, APM – IPMA and IPMA Academy                                

9:15 – 10:15 am         Historic Metal Truss Bridges

                                   Rebekah Dobrasko, Historic Preservation Specialist – TXDOT

10:15 – 10:30 am       Break – Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:30 am      Three Legged Stool Pavement Management System (Leg 2)

                                   Blair Barnhardt, APM – IPMA and IPMA Academy                             

10:30 – 11:30 am       Concrete Pipe Material Selection and Installation

                                   Ron Reichert – Texas Concrete Pipe Association

11:30 – 1:00 pm        Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm          Three Legged Stool Pavement Management System (Leg 3) GET READY!!!!!!!

                                  Blair Barnhardt, APM – IPMA and IPMA Academy

1:00 – 2:00 pm           Asphalt Roads to Concrete Streets–What You Need to Know

                                   Joe White and Judy Armstrong – Ellis County                                  

2:00 – 2:15 pm          Break – Exhibit Hall

2:15 – 3:15 pm           TACERA Annual Meeting, TACERA Awards & NACE Update

                                   Michael Shannon, P.E., CFM – President, TACERA

3:15 – 3:30 pm           Break – Exhibit Hall (Exhibitors Released after this Break)

3:30 – 5:00 pm          Round Table Discussions

TACERA will solicit ideas from Conference Attendees and have several tables to discuss current and interesting issues affecting county operations.          

5:00 – 6:30 pm         Networking Social

Final opportunity to meet old friends or make new ones. Network with your counterparts from other Texas counties. Cash Bar and Sponsored Beer Keg with salty snacks.

Thursday – October 22, 2015

8:00 – 8:05 am           Welcome & Introductions

   Michael Shannon, P.E., CFM – President, TACERA

8:05 – 9:05 am          Ethics for the Professional Engineer

                                Maegan Nunley, Dannenbaum Engineers


9:05 – 9:15 am          Break

9:15 – 10:15 am         Punch List Management – Using the Cloud

                                   John Dames – CH2M Hill & Renee Lamb – TXDOT                  


10:15 – 10:25 am       Break

10:25 – 12:00 pm      Texas Legislative Update

                                   Jim Allison, Allison Bass & Associates, LLP


12:00 – 12:15 pm      Wrap-up/Door Prize Drawings

   Michael Shannon, P.E., CFM – President, TACERA


TACERA is a non-profit organization chartered in 1987 to provide technical and professional assistance to county employees charged with the responsibility of constructing and/or maintaining county roads. Membership is open to all road administrators, engineers, superintendents, foremen, commissioners, county road employees, and corporate sponsors.


IPMA Charter Member SCORES one for the HOME TEAM! Go Velocity Road Solutions!

Innovative paving process comes to Coweta

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Crews from Velocity Road Solutions demonstrate the company’s road patching process. Velocity, a British company, has located in the Shenandoah Industrial Park.

A British company with an innovative road patching system has recently begun operating at the Shenandoah Industrial Park.

Velocity Road Solutions is located on Amlajack Way, in the same location as its sister company, Pearson Engineering. Pearson, a U.S. Department of Defense contractor, has been in Coweta for two years.

Velocity did a patching demonstration for Coweta County officials last week.

The cold asphalt system is very quick and efficient — taking only about 10 minutes to patch the asphalt, with only two, or possibly three, people needed to do the job.

Velocity has been using the system in Great Britain for years. They first came to Newnan a year ago. Since Pearson already had the facility, “we decided that would be a good base for us in the U.S.,” said Dominick Gardner, managing director of the U.K. division, Velocity Patching. From the Newnan base, they went to South Carolina and did some demonstrations.

“The trial was so successful, we determined that we needed” a location in the U.S., Gardner said. The actual machine is manufactured in the U.K. It is then shipped to Coweta where the final assembly work is done and everything is mounted on a Freightliner truck.

The company will start hiring U.S. employees in the next few weeks, to drive and operate the machinery, said Jensen Matthew, CEO of U.S. operations.

Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn said he is impressed with the road patching system but “what I am most fired up about is another quality international company finding Coweta as an attractive place to put their headquarters.”

Both Pearson and Velocity are owned by Reece Group LTD.

“They are tremendous in size,” said Blackburn. “For them to locate in Coweta County is quite a statement for what we have to offer.”

Whether or not Coweta County uses the company for road patching, “I know statewide, other cities will definitely reap the benefit of Velocity being in Georgia and in the U.S.,” Blackburn said. Blackburn said he will be sharing information about it with his fellow commissioners to “see if it is a good fit for Coweta County.”

The first step of the process is using compressed air to blow out any debris or loose pavement in the area to be patched. Then a cold emulsion is sprayed over the area. “It’s more or less a tack coat,” Matthew said. Then a mixture of “aggregate” and emulsion is sprayed over, “sealing up the pavement and performing the repair at the same time.” Then the patch is leveled off.

It’s good for everything from alligator cracks to pot holes, and is proven to last at least a year. Matthew said there are some patches in England that have held for 10 years on primary roads with heavy truck traffic.

The same patch that the Velocity equipment can do in 10 or 20 minutes might take a crew of several people six to eight hours, Matthew said.

They plan on doing demonstrations for other cities and counties soon.

Another Exerpt From The Book on Better Roads

During our discussion in this book we talk about StreetSaver® and MicroPAVER™, because these are the two most popular pavement management systems in the world. They are both publicly available, without having to go through a proprietary purchase from a sole source vendor or consulting firm. Furthermore, our consulting side of the business, uses these two software systems exclusively for their city and county clients across America.

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I specifically like the fact that FHWA recognizes these two systems, and as far as I can tell, they are the only two pavement management software systems that are ASTM 6433 approved.

That being said, I would encourage you as a local agency, trying to set up a pavement management system for the first time in your life to investigate all of the options that are available to you at the time in your specific region and meet your specific needs.

So, real quick disclaimer here folks… Again, some of the views we’ll talk about in this book are really not views of our Academic Partners (TBD), NCAT (National Center for Asphalt Technology) or IPMA™ Charter Members, or the IPMA™ Advisory Board, or any of our members and partners for that matter.

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Sometimes I might just tell you some personal thoughts as I write this book, and I am open to any and all feedback along the way whoever you are reading this book.

So, we’re not here to endorse anyone. I just want to be perfectly clear on that. You see, many of the “non biased” trade associations and centers that we hear from on a regular basis seem to have their own personal agenda. Believe me, after spending over 30 years in this industry and sitting behind the closed doors of many a board room meeting, it has become all too apparent to me that almost everyone seems to have an agenda.

One difference, my only agenda as I write this book is to save our crumbling roads, period. As such, I am willing to ripple the water a little bit where necessary to get the results that I know we are capable of achieving if we all JOIN together and make this journey happen.

So, what have I learned driving 80,000 miles in an RV? I’ve banged my head every day for the last 100 days. Well first of all, because there’s not a lot of room inside there. I’ve learned, Perception. You know, I’ve gone to cities like Flagstaff, Arizona where they say they have 243 freeze/thaw cycles. So imagine you don’t have freeze/thaw to deal with in your particular city or county. What are some of the unique characteristics you may endure in terms of your pavement management in your region? It’s like, you build a road and it’s going to stay pretty good without the risk of freeze/thaw damage. We’ve seen that all of these treatments that are mentioned in this book, whether they are in-place pavement recycling or pavement preservation treatments. They are all work!

The pavement management systems work in every city in every county. And along the way I’ve learned that our US paving contractors can increase their tonnage from 600 million tons to 800 million tons a year (plug in your own Country and tonnage increases if you are reading abroad). By simply moving the money over from, you know doing these sequential overlays, and asphalt that is being wasted on the wrong roads at the wrong time for all the wrong reasons.

We know this, that asphalt has got a 20 year service life if it’s properly preserved. For example, when our crews go in and do the pavement management, and I take cores with the core drill, it’s quite often that I come across a road that’s only 22 years old. And it has, 8 sequential hot mixed asphalt overlays on it based on the core.

If you take 22 and divide it by 8, what is that? Like say, 24 divided by 8 is like every 3 years right? So, I don’t know if that was on the election cycle or what, but we cannot continue to do this in America or the world. We’re going to be in dire straits if we continue to do that. And there’s no reason. And, I brought this with me from Canada, back in like 1999. I actually had to put this through the x-ray at Buffalo Airport.

They said, “what the heck do you have that in your suitcase for?” I said, “Well man, I’m going to go to America and try to change the world.” And I’m still working on it, and all I can say is that I don’t feel like I’m alone anymore. People like you that have bought this book are helping to support this movement. This is 6 inches of foamed asphalt base with two and a half inches of asphalt on top. And I’m not allow to guarantee it or anything for FTC Guidelines, but I could almost guarantee that if I drove back to Wellington County, where I used to live in Canada, that this road is still in place. And holding up very, very well. And you know what the difference is?

The top one cost about a hundred dollars a square yard (the 10 inch core of sequential overlays). And the bottom one (foamed asphalt base with overlay) costs us about twenty-five dollars per square yard. You guys get the picture?

Gets me to thinking again, by saying, “What if…?” What if there is a better way? What if our grandchildren weren’t going to be trillions of dollars in debt? What if the Federal Highways Administration and the White House sent a very strong message down to the local agencies and state DOTs and said, “Thou Must recycle and preserve and manage your pavements instead of, “You really ought to consider this but here is the money, do whatever you want with it. “

What if we weren’t trillions in debt and we had better roads? What if we didn’t have D+ infrastructure with our roadways and bridges crumbling? Like, people dying on unsafe bridges and roads? What if we redirected the funds that we have been wasting on sequential overlays for no reason to placing the hot mixed asphalt overlays on top of recycled and stabilized bases that act as a perpetual pavement so to speak, and here’s the kicker, okay?

You may know of a local paving company somewhere here in the States or in your own Country that goes out and they do a lot of hot mix asphalt paving every day. What if, every time they pulled out of the yard they had a shuttle buggy (MTV or Material Transfer Vehicle) and they were putting 2600 tons a day down? On Full Depth Reclaimed (FDR) roads.

What if? They get more profit. They’ll get more tonnage. You know, I think a lot of people in the industry that we’ve met would appreciate more tonnage and more profit. This is happening right now in regions where The Three Legged Stool™ Stystem of Pavement Management is taking off.

For example, I was just in Utah last week doing the Utah Asphalt Pavement Conference, UAPA as they call it. Their Executive Director, Reed Ryan of the Asphalt Paving Association Conference asked me to come out and bring this vary message to his contractors. There’s like a hundred people in the crowd and half of them were contractors. Paving contractors, just like the ones in your city and county.

At the end of the two hours I was presenting I said, “you guys get this?” And they’re all like, “yeah, hell yeah.” And they actually came up after and said, “where can we buy the recycling and preservation equipment? And how many pulverizers should we get?” And yet, other states are resistant to change and they don’t want preservation or in-place recycling or pavement management for that matter. It is common knowledge that even when FHWA puts on a big fancy workshop and they have 17 or so different state DOTs present their findings on how their recycling programs are working, there always seems to be one Negative Nelly in the crowd that stands up in front of all of the other state DOT officials and says something like, “we’re not sure that is going to work in our state, we are still doing some research.”

REALLY? Should that person even have a job? That is what I would be asking!

So, this Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management is the solution to the problem that I have presented so far in this book. I have the perception from 30 years of construction, 20 years of that teaching, and having flown and driven to every corner of North America. And I know it works, Nevada DOT right now, to this date, has saved well over 600 million dollars by doing pavement management, in place pavement recyclinga and pavement preservation.

Here, I will repeat that in case you weren’t paying attention. 600 million dollars by doing pavement management, in-place recycling and pavement preservation. And now they are going back and re-recycling roads that are 22 year old. The paving contractors, I guarantee you, are getting the same amount of tonnage or more. Nothing has changed except that their state is doing more with less money and less carbon footprint in less time.

How could it be Blair that there are still some hold out states and local cities and counties that are following their dumb ass advice you may be asking yourself? One day at a time the walls will come crumbling down, and each and every state will find their way out of the dinosaur days, put away their 8 track tapes and vinyl records, and rotary dial phones, and save their job by doing what is right for this planet. I trust that when you close the last page on this book, and read the case studies I will present to you, that there will be irrefutable proof that we can ressurect our economy and have better roads for all!

Now, I’m going to take you guys back to a few years ago. Because there is one of my mentors from Federal Highways, Mr. Jim Sorenson, he was a very, very staunch advocate for pavement preservation and we sat down at the Charleston, South Carolina at an expert task group meeting, and he looked me right in the eye and he told me, he said, “Blair, if America ever fully gets this…” and I think was he was alluding to was that, sometimes we feel like we’re talking to the proverbial wall.

If we could get people to stop watching the TV and quit worrying about the Oscars and the Emmys and the Housewives or whatever that show is, if we could get them to think about preserving our infrastructure, our most valuable resource.

Jim emphatically stated to me, “with 4 million miles of roads in America, if this Country every fully adopts this pavement preservation thing, there will never be enough equipment manufactured quick enough or enough qualified workforce available!”

And if you folks reading this book have ever tried to get hire a motor grader operator lately, you know what it’s like, right? It’s hard to get qualified labor at any price. Isn’t it? Most everybody I know, and half of America is working in North Dakota now, on the fracking operations. So think about, if you’re in Montana and you’ve got a motor grader operator with your local agency, that can strike a match with a motor grader, he’s gone, he’s gone over there to North Dakota to work and make a lot of money.

So it’s hard to get people to work, it’s hard to get the equipment manufactured quick enough, and right now a lot of the pavement preservation and recycling equipment is being shipped to other countries. Why, because they get it. So heed the warning signs here. You say, “Blair, tell me a little bit more about this theory, why do you think it’s going to work?”

Here’s the reasoning why. We have 4 million miles of roads here in America. We do 600 million tons a year of asphalt, we recycle 100 million tons of that back at the plant and a little bit in place on the roads, but we really truly only recycle in-place about 3% of our roads. Only about 10% of the American public knows what preservation is but we all want to fix the window in our house, or the shingles on our roof if it starts leaking right?

I’m the first person who wants to fix a window on my house if it’s broken, so I did a quick calculation. Because I used to estimate 50 million dollars worth of work a year for a living as a Vice President of a paving and reclamation firm this is like second nature to me. I just always want to figure out numbers and tonnages, and square yards, and all that good stuff everywhere I travel.

If every city and county has a 20% backlog deficit that they are never going to get to, and trust me when I say that you have that as a reader of this book, you may have just inherited it or you may have been saddled with it all your life (refer back to episode 5 with Hans from City of San Jose).

If you’ve got a 10 million dollar backlog deficit of bad roads that you’re never getting to, that’s never going to go away unless we change how we manage our pavements. So based on the Three Legged Stool™ System of Pavement Management, we can increase the tonnage in America to 800 million tons by following the methods outlined right here in this book.

Does everyone understand that? Maybe you can’t read my scribbling below. It’s like a doctor’s prescription here. But it will take 215 year to eliminate the backlog deficit at 20%. This is a very simple prescription for America and for the world.

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And like Pat Faster the President of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association told us when he was speaking a while back, some agencies actually have a backlog deficit of 40 and 50%.

So, the Book on Better Roads, whether you are reading it on your Kindle today or listening to it on your CD player, when you get a chance to take a break, check out

So if you go to that website, this is what you see, we’ve got the Driving America, you can look at some of the free pavement management videos along the way from stunning National Parks all over America, and Niagra Falls in Canada. We’ve got the IPMA™ the International Pavement Management Association, you guys are welcome to join that as local agency folks at no charge. Just want to remind you that anytime you want to go on there just type in your name and you are a member of IPMA™ no strings attached.

As a registered IPMA™ Member you will receive monthly PDH Power Hour Training Webinars at no charge as well, (PDH and CEU Certificates will be available for a nominal cost). And you will also receive discounted costs for a lot of the other DVDs, CDs, Books etc. and maybe we’ll give you guys a break on the books and that sort of stuff, and occasionally even our IPMA™ Academy, 70 hours of online training, the most comprehensive pavement management, in-place recycling and preservation course curriculum ever built in this lifetime.

You get an Accredited Pavement Management™ Certification when you’re done. APM™ to put after your name on your business cards or your linkedin profile.

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On the website you will also see a link out to, the only podcast on this planet dedicated to saving our crumbling roads. You can dial into Better Roads Radio 24/7 and listen to a lot of the citiy and county engineers as we have discussed things along the way.

Often, we actually record live podcast sessions from our stages when we are providing live pavement management training. On the same website you will see our link out to The Book on Better Roads, we’ve captured this amazing journey in printed and audio format with the solution out there for all the public to see, and all the city and county engineers in America.

We polled our audience in Boise, Idaho when we did the conference for IACERS, and they come up with the top 10 things they wanted to see in this book. After that we sent out an additional request for more information that city and county engineers wanted to see in this book and we got over 250 responses with questions statements that people wanted to hear more about like up-to-date case studies and the likes of that.

We got the Barnhardt Group Consulting Firm Pacific and Atlantic Division listed at The Barnhardt Group (TBG) does the pavement management and much of the actual job site work provides the training videos for IPMA™ Academy and the free BONUS content for this Book. TBG is a small boutique firm, we go everywhere in America to do the full-scale pavement management implementation or even QC/QA corelations for local agencies who already have a program in place.

We can take on 6 or 7 jobs a year period, and we book up relatively quickly each year with repeat business. So if you are looking at setting up a pavement management system implementation please let us know as soon as possible. Otherwise, we’ll just have to go on a backlog, first come – first serve basis.

Also listed under the Driving America for Better Roads website is keynote speaking. This is something I really enjoy doing because it gets me out there across this great Country, meeting a lot of really great folks. For example, the UAPA Conference folks, when I was other there a while back the guys from Utah DOT asked me to come back in later that season and do a Keynote talk for their annual DOT meeting. So they get it.

And finally, The Marketplace is where you can buy all the products we are talking about in the book, and the Press Room is where you can find all the latest press releases on all things IPMA™, IPMA™ Academy, and IPMA™ Academy Live.

Please keep in mind here that my goal is for the reader of the book to understand all that we do back here at headquarters to see how we may be of assistance to your local agency. The placement of this screenshot below is in no way meant to be an advertisement, and if you never hire our firm or join our association, or attend our APM™ Training that is perfectly ok.

I want you to know me as I get to know the readership of the book, because along the way it is only through my network of friends and colleagues in this industry that I have garnered the background information possible to put pen to paper and write this book.


Screenshot of the website

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Take for example, Dr. Mike Hetizman from NCAT (National Center for Asphalt Technology). I met Mike up in his laboratory at NCAT a few weeks ago and he took me for a tour again of that fabulous laboratory just outside the Auburn University Campus.

Almost a decade or so ago, Mike and I first met at Iowa DOT. At the time Mike was the Chief Bituminous Engineer at Iowa DOT he was having us provide his staff with the National Highway Institute (NHI) In-Place Asphalt Recycling Technologies Workhsop. Ironically, our journey began when we first met with a tour in his Iowa DOT laboratory with Mike showing me his custom made foamed asphalt testing aparatus.

Each week I get the opportunity to meet great local agency engineers while we do the pavement management or live training events. In addtion we have the learners enrolled in IPMA™ Academy and those that provide feedback after purchasing our DVD and CD sets. Then there are the Better Roads Radio Podcast Sessions. These are always a bunch of fun!

One of the Podcast Episodes had us in Richmond, Virginia with Thomas and Kenny. That’s podcast episode 4 I believe. Go on and listen to Kenny, Richmond Virginia, one of the oldest cities in America. So, Kenny, you did this hot-in-place recycling in Richmond? He said, “Hell Yeah, we did over 240,000 square yards for the very first job here and we love it.”

I promised to stay on the high road for the rest of the book and I’m never going to talk derogatory about the industry, or any one company, or any one state. But I am going to tell it like it is. So I hope you guys can appreciate that. I’m trying to be perfectly frank. If we all dream big, we can make this happen. But you have to grab the bull by the horns and say, “ damn it Blair, I get this. “ How many people get this so far? Let me hear you say, “hell Yeah.” That was pretty lame. Let’s do that one more time and pretend we didn’t do that last one together. Ok, so if you guys are listening to everything I’ve said so far, and you get it, can I just hear a “Hell Yeah”.

All Right! I feel a lot better now, I feel like I’m not talking to the wall all of a sudden. I feel like you readers are part of this same excitement.

Now further to Chapter 3, if you’re wondering how to get more funding for your local agency here’s a perfect way to go about doing that. This is an example. I just met with these guys last week when we were in Utah with the City of Provo, they found a way to get more money. Their method is a very innovative way to increase funding and awareness for pavement preservation and rehabilitation.

Essentially the City of Provo came up with a plan where they tax the residents and businesses differently depending on how many cars a day travel into their businesses, or the library, or the BBQ restaurant, or your house, or the neighborhood. And the tax is going to be like 3 or 4 bucks a month for typical residence like us. By the way if you happen to be visiting Utah and have the opportunity to visit the Arches National Park or if you’d like to see it, just watch Driving America for Better Roads Episode 6 right here , Most all of our Episodes for Driving America for Better Roads are shot inside our National Parks in USA.

Next year we will be offering a new book on Amazon called, you guessed it “Driving America for Better Roads – The Journey To Save Our Crumbling Roads”.

As with a lot of the core content in this book, during the video episodes of the Driving America series, we talk about pavement management, pavement preservation and in-place pavement recycling along the way. In fact I may be the only person on the road with an RV that packs a guitar and diamond core drill at the same time!

Sometimes when I show up to each at a conference I also get to play in the band for the reception. Last time I taught at Utah Road School, I got the opportunity to play with the country band on Saturday night, which was made up of like the local county commissioners and city engineers. They were amazing musicians with The Intense County Band! You can listen in and watch the video of us playing right here .

We’re out there every single day trying to spread this message and here’s a typical day for me traveling in the Better Roads bus. It’s a 950 mile trip.

An older Case Study – High Density Mineral Bond (HA5®)


While traveling in the Better Roads Bus out west I came across a breakthrough in pavement preservation especially targeted for residential roadways. This same product however can be used as a wearing surface for hot-in place recycling and cold-in place recycling, and I let the owners of the Holbrook Asphalt firm know that this may also be an area that they want to invest in doing some additional R& D.

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Just goes to show you once again, perception… Had I not driven 84,000 miles across this great country, I may have never discovered some of these products and services. Again, this is something new to me, but these folks in Utah, Arizona and Nevada have been using High Density Mineral Bond for over a decade.

If you haven’t heard of this product yet, I am almost certain you will as demand for this type of preservation treatment is growing nationwide. Again, classified officially as a High Density Mineral Bond with a specification produced by the American Public Works Association. It’s more commonly known as HA5® as that is the name of the only product at this time currently meeting the High Density Mineral Bond specification.

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People ask me all the time, Blair why is this here HA5® such a game changer in the world of pavement preservation? Well I may very well be one of the biggest skeptics out there, and after seeing what I saw, and talking to the folks that have been using this treatment in the states that we visited, I can tell you why!

In fact, I can let you watch the same thing I saw during my time teaching at the Utah Road School and going out on the field trip with all the folks there. (Who doesn’t love a good field trip!?)

Check out the YouTube video right here and/or the photo below:

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Blair Barnhardt, APM
The International Pavement Management Association

Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller,
‘The Book on Better Roads’

Charleston County, SC, Wins Pavement Preservation Award


Judges said the county’s program is distinguished by “great use of media, particularly Comcast [cable] TV programming, and website,” and “mailers, presentations and signage.”

In addition to “effective implementation of its pavement management system,” the county has benefited from an “unusually high number of different technologies successfully introduced in [just] a few years.”

Jim Sorenson (1949-2009) was senior construction and system preservation engineer, FHWA Office of Asset Management, and he was a great champion of pavement preservation at the national level. The pavement preservation industry had no greater friend and it honors his memory with the Sorenson Award.

Intended to recognize agency pavement preservation, the Sorenson award is usually, but not always, presented to city and county agencies. Criteria used to evaluate candidate agencies include: process used to gain acceptance by elected officials, general public, employees, and industry (40 percent); how well the program relates to the theme of The Right Treatment, for the Right Road, at the Right Time (20 percent); tangible improvement in the system (20 percent); techniques used to keep public notified of what is being done and why (10 percent); and uniqueness of program (10 percent).

Stakeholders in pavement preservation are invited to submit nominees to FP2 Inc. To nominate an agency, please include a brief write-up of how the agency gained acceptance and support for its pavement preservation program; how long the program has been in existence, any special or unique public awareness actions; press releases; the contact person in the agency; and the person or firm making the nomination.

For more information, or to submit nominations, please contact FP2’s executive director, Jim Moulthrop, at 8100 West Court, Austin, TX, 78759, voice (512) 970-8865, or e-mail at

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