Roads & traffic

Sunday Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

A Sign of the Times: Nashville's Automated Sign Inventory

Traffic signs cost money. Granted, not as much as maintaining a waste-water treatment plant, but even the smallest city has a lot of signs to track and maintain. In larger cities, keeping tabs of the signs is a daunting task. Nashville paving manager Donald Reid will lay out how his city uses automated sign inventory to keep tabs of its signs.

“Asset management and the maintenance of signs could become a legal and financial issue for local and state governments,” says Reid. He will explain how Nashville developed a special inventory of its signs, complete with age and condition information.

Sunday Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.

Pavement Preservation Techniques

Maintaining roads is time-consuming as well as costly. But it's preferable to dealing with the nasty consequences of tearing up and replacing neglected pavement.

“Timely preventive maintenance is the key to pavement preservation,” says speaker David Hein, infrastructure management division manager for Applied Research Associates Inc. “By not allowing pavement to deteriorate to a state requiring expensive rehabilitation or reconstruction, we improve the overall condition of the network and the ride quality of the traveling public.”

Attendees will learn about expected service life, recent innovations, and how to select a technique.

Monday Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.

On the Road Again: Asphalt Recycling

Recycling makes sense—if not for the increasing public demand to conserve materials and save the planet, then for the need to stretch budget dollars. Representatives from Hot In Place Paving LLC will discuss an asphalt recycling method that meets these demands.

“This process can save up to 50% on a typical 11/2 inches of mill and pave road surface,” says general manager Brad Mathas. “And the environmental savings and impact on traffic congestion is an intangible benefit to taxpayers.”

Topics covered include skyrocketing asphalt prices, environmental emissions, and traffic congestion.

Monday Sept. 11, 2 p.m.

The Power of the Penny: A Transportation Funding Solution

Six years ago, the city of Topeka, Kan., faced a dual challenge—significant bridge failures, and a serious budget shortfall. When a $40 million bridge reconstruction project surfaced, it required hard work, creative thinking, and artful negotiation.

“A catastrophic event turned into a huge positive for the community, using a combination of federal funding and a major sales-tax initiative,” says presenter Neil Dobler, former public works director for the city and senior project manager for Bartlett & West. The city's efforts made the bridge revamp possible, as well as $108 million in other road and bridge projects, plus $60 million over the next 12 years for economic development incentives.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 10 a.m.

Fiber to the Premises: Force Them to Pave?

Dealing with telecommunications companies regarding the resurfacing of utility cuts can be tricky. How can public works professionals balance the public's need for faster communications technology with the need to preserve street infrastructure?

During this session, leader Jay Spurgin, deputy public works director for Thousand Oaks, Calif., will lay out how to work with telecom companies to minimize the impacts of citywide trenching, and discuss right of way infrastructure and aesthetic concerns.