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Minnesota Pavement Conference - February 12, 2015

This one-day conference presented sessions about current practices that implement new pavement research and technology. National and local trends and innovations were examined to expand attendees' understanding of pavement challenges and solutions.

The 2015 Pavement Conference was held in conjunction with a half-day MnROAD Workshop on February 11.The workshop included presentations focused on implementation by both MnROAD researchers and partnering agencies. To view presentations from the workshop, please visit the MnROAD website.

Introductory Plenary Session

Asset Management of Pavements: Managing for the Whole Life
Steve Gaj, FHWA Team Leader, Asset Management

NCAT/MnDOT Partnership
Buzz Powell, Assistant Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology

Freight Trends and Issues
Maureen Jensen, Assistant Office Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, MnDOT

Preventive Maintenance

Moderator: Joel Ulring, MnDOT State Aid

Asphalt Aging and its Impact on the Timing of Preventive Maintenance
Mike Anderson, Asphalt Institute

Preventive Maintenance Project and Treatment Selection
Mark Watson, MnDOT Maintenance Engineering Services

Pavement Preservation at NCAT
Buzz Powell, National Center for Asphalt Technology

Design and Construction

Moderator: Steve Lund, MnDOT Materials and Road Research

Developing the New MnDOT Pavement Design Manual
Steven Henrichs, MnDOT Pavement Design Office

Innovative Pavement Design on TH 610
Chris Kufner, MnDOT Road Research

Overview of Concrete Overlays
Maria Masten, MnDOT Materials and Road Research

An Update of ARRA Activities with In-Place Recycling
Steve Cross, Oklahoma State University, Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association

Reactive Maintenance

Moderator: Matt Oman, Braun Intertec

Laboratory and Field Performance of Asphalt and Concrete Pavement Patching Materials and Techniques
Eshan Dave, University of New Hampshire

MnDOT Maintenance’s Use of Mastics and Microsurfacing for Long-Life Repairs
Tom Zimmerman, MnDOT District 7 Maintenance

Crack Sealing Best Practices: Why Seal? Application Options and Choosing the Right Sealant
Chris Stebbing, Crafco

Michigan Rapid Set Pavement Repairs
John Staton, Michigan DOT Concrete Operations and Materials

Closing Plenary Session: Pavement And Asset Management

Moderator: Kevin Kliethermes, FHWA

From the County Perspective
Rick West, Ottertail County, and Sue Miller, Freeborn County

From the City Perspective
Mike Rief and Andrea Azary, WSB and Associates

From the State Perspective
Dave Janisch, MnDOT Pavement Management Engineer


The 2015 TERRA Pavement Conference was sponsored by TERRA, in cooperation with: