North American infrastructure suffers from deteriorating roads, rising cost of materials, stagnant budgets and a growing demand to get “more for less.”
While the demand for cost-effective network management solutions rises, many roadway managers still struggle to find the tools and nuanced expertise needed to successfully apply budgets toward the “right treatment, on the right road, at the right time.”
The Pavement Preservation and Recycling Alliance (PPRA) is comprised of leaders at industry associations AEMA (Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association), ISSA (International Slurry Surfacing Association) and ARRA (Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association). Their aim is to bridge the gap between interest and successful use of progressive treatments within the asphalt industry.
The group launched RoadResource.org – a digital hub offering more than 500 pages of accurate information about pavement preservation, recycling, and optimized network management.
“This new resource puts technical information alongside useful tools and research to make learning easier for agencies,” said AEMA president Mark Ishee. “We’ve eliminated many of the hurdles that road managers have had to deal with in the past.”
RoadResource.org compiles relevant information with a standardized technical menu on 18 pavement preservation, recycling, and emulsion treatments, alongside useful network comparison calculators. The site allows users to learn and explore freely; applying concepts and strategies to their own pavements and networks and giving users a chance to see first-hand how progressive network approaches can impact taxpayers, pavement conditions, and the bottom line.