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Office of International Programs FHWA/US DOT (HPIP)
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

Tel: 202-366-9636
Fax: 202-366-9626

international@fhwa.dot.gov
www.international.fhwa.dot.gov

Publication No. FHWA-PL-03-001
HPIP/10-02(5M)EW


NOTICE

The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors, who are responsible for the facts and accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of Transportation.

The metric units reported are those used in common practice by the persons interviewed. They have not been converted to pure SI units because in some cases, the level of precision implied would have been changed.

The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear herein only because they are considered essential to the document.

The publication of this document was sponsored by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration under contract number DTFH61-99-C00005. awarded to American Trade Initiatives, Inc. Any opinions, options, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Government, the authors' parent institutions, or American Trade Initiatives, Inc.

This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.


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Pavement Preservation Technology in France, South Africa, and Australia

PREPARED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SCANNING STUDY TEAM

TOMMY L. BEATTY
FHWA
CO-CHAIR

FRANK L. DANCHETZ
GEORGIA DOT
CO-CHAIR

DENNIS C. JACKSON
KRISTEN BETTY & ASSOCIATES
FACILITATOR

DUANE A. BLANCK
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY ENGINEERS

DAN A. DAWOOD
PENNSYLVANIA DOT

JERRY M. FAY
AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION

ROBERT A. FORD
FHWA

DAVID S. KEOUGH
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

JAMES S. MOULTHROP
FOUNDATION FOR PAVEMENT PRESERVATION

LUIS M. RODRIGUEZ
FHWA

GARY D. TAYLOR
MICHIGAN DOT

MICHAEL D. VOTH
FHWA

ZANE L. WEBB
TEXAS DOT

AND
AMERICAN TRADE INITIATIVES, INC.
AVALON INTEGRATED SERVICES, INC.
FOR THE
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS
THE NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM
(PANEL 20-36)
OF THE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

OCTOBER 2002


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

As with all collegial efforts, this scanning study would not have been successful without the assistance of many individuals. The team is particularly appreciative of the outstanding contributions of the officials, engineers, technical personnel, and their staffs in the places we visited (Appendix A). These individuals and their organizations contributed countless hours both in front of and behind the scenes, responding to the team's amplifying questions, preparing and presenting technical information, arranging and guiding site reviews, and generously giving their time and expertise.

The advice, counsel, and organizational insight of the staff of American Trade

Initiatives, Inc. (ATI) were invaluable to all facets of the trip and production of the scan report documents. ATI, under contract to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), managed travel logistics for the trip. ATI also assisted in preparing this report and other documents. The team would like to recognize the contributions of the following ATI staff:

  • Joe Conn for his guidance, leadership, and insight.

  • Jake Almborg for his tireless efforts and amazing organizational skills coordinating travel logistics, team finances, and meetings. The team was constantly amazed at Jake's decorum and dedication to the task at hand in the midst of changing schedules, overbooked flights, and the rigors of international travel.

  • Alexandra Doumani for her indefatigable spirit and attention to detail in making travel arrangements, handling the team's finances, and coordinating trip reports.

Sponsors of the trip were the FHWA Office of International Programs, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, and the Foundation for Pavement Preservation.


FHWA INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) international programs focus on meeting the growing demands of its partners at the Federal, State, and local levels for access to information on state-of-the-art technology and the best practices used worldwide. While FHWA is considered a world leader in highway transportation, the domestic highway community is interested in advanced technologies being developed by other countries, as well as innovative organizational and financing techniques used by FHWA's international counterparts.

The International Technology Scanning Program accesses and evaluates foreign technologies and innovations that could significantly benefit United States highway transportation systems. Access to foreign innovations is strengthened by U.S. participation on the technical committees of international highway organizations and through bilateral technical exchange agreements with selected nations. The program is undertaken cooperatively with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Select Committee on International Activities, and the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Highway Research Cooperative Program (Panel 20-36), the private sector, and academia.

FHWA and its partners jointly determine priority topic areas. Teams of specialists in the specific areas of expertise being investigated are formed and sent to countries where significant advances and innovations have been made in technology, management practices, organizational structure, program delivery, and financing. Teams usually include Federal and State highway officials, private sector and industry association representatives, and members of the academic community.

FHWA has organized about 50 of these reviews and disseminated results nationwide. Topics have included pavements, bridge construction and maintenance, contracting, intermodal transport, organizational management, winter road maintenance, safety, intelligent transportation systems, planning, and policy. Findings are recommended for follow-up with further research and pilot or demonstration projects to verify adaptability to the United States. Information about the scan findings and results of pilot programs are then disseminated nationally to State and local highway and transportation officials and the private sector for implementation.

This program has resulted in significant improvements and savings in road program technologies and practices throughout the United States, particularly in the areas of structures, pavements, safety, and winter road maintenance. Joint research and technology-sharing projects have also been launched with international counterparts, further conserving resources and advancing the state of the art.

For a complete list of International Technology Scanning topics, and to order free copies of the reports, please see pages iv-v.

Website: www.international.fhwa.dot.gov
E-Mail: international@fhwa.dot.gov


FHWA INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY EXCHANGE REPORTS

INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SCANNING PROGRAM:
BRINGING GLOBAL INNOVATIONS TO U.S. HIGHWAYS

INFRASTRUCTURE

Geotechnical Engineering Practices in Canada and Europe Geotechnology - Soil Nailing
International Contract Administration Techniques for Quality Enhancement-CATQEST Contract administration: Technology and Practice in Europe

PAVEMENTS

European Asphalt Technology European Concrete Technology South African Pavement Technology Highway/Commercial Vehicle Interaction
Recycled Materials in European Highway Environments
Pavement Preservation Technology in France, South Africa, and Australia

BRIDGES

European Bridge Structures Asian Bridge Structures Bridge Maintenance Coatings
European Practices for Bridge Scour and Stream Instability Countermeasures Advanced Composites in Bridges in Europe and Japan Steel Bridge Fabrication Technologies in Europe and Japan Performance of Concrete Segmental and Cable-Stayed Bridges in Europe

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT

European Intermodal Programs: Planning, Policy and Technology National Travel Surveys Recycled Materials in European Highway Environments Geometric Design Practices for European Roads Sustainable Transportation Practices in Europe Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Across European Highways European Right-of-Way and Utilities Best Practices

SAFETY

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety in England, Germany and the Netherlands Speed Management and Enforcement Technology: Europe & Australia Safety Management Practices in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand Road Safety Audits - Final Report Road Safety Audits - Case Studies
Innovative Traffic Control Technology & Practice in Europe Commercial Vehicle Safety Technology & Practice in Europe
Methods and Procedures to Reduce Motorist Delays in European Work Zones

OPERATIONS

Advanced Transportation Technology European Traffic Monitoring
Traffic Management and Traveler Information Systems European Winter Service Technology
Snowbreak Forest Book - Highway Snowstorm Countermeasure Manual (Translated from Japanese) European Road Lighting Technologies Freight Transportation: The European Market

POLICY & INFORMATION

Emerging Models for Delivering Transportation Programs and Services Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad - Handbook Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad - Final Report International Guide to Highway Transportation Information

All publications are available on the internet at www.international.fhwa.dot.gov


ACRONYMS

AcronymStands For
AASHTOAmerican Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ALDAverage Least Dimension
APWAAmerican Public Works Association
AUSTROADSAssociation of Australian and New Zealand Road Transport andTraffic Authorities
ATIAmerican Trade Initiatives
BOTbuild, operate, and transfer
CAMcrack activity meter
CBRCalifornia bearing ratio
CRCPcontinuously reinforced concrete pavement
CRScationic rapid-setting emulsion asphalt
DOTDepartment of Transportation
EMAethyl methacrylate
EVAethylene vinyl acetate
EVUequivalent vehicle units
FHWAFederal Highway Administration
FP2Foundation for Pavement Preservation
GPSglobal positioning system
GVMgross vehicle mass
HMAhot-mix asphalt
IRIinternational roughness index
JPCPjointed plain concrete pavement
LALos Angeles
NACENational Association of County Engineers
NCHRPNational Cooperative Highway Research Program
PCCPportland cement concrete pavement
PMSpavement management system
RFPrequest for proposal
RTARoads and Traffic Authority (New South Wales, Australia)
SAMIstress-absorbing membrane interlayer
SANRALSouth African National Road Agency Limited
SBRstyrene butadiene rubber
SBSstyrene butadiene styrene
STIPscan technology implementation plan
TRBTransportation Research Board
VicRoadsVictorian State Road Authority
VOCvehicle operating cost
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