According to Larry Galehouse, NCPP director, "two overwhelming issues" were designated as top priority by MPPP members. First, MPPP directed the NCPP to post on its web site various state specifications regarding preventive maintenance preservation techniques. The hope is to establish some standardized preservation practices that will eventually become uniformly accepted by road agencies throughout the Midwest and eventually the country.
Also, once funding has been released from TPF, which is sponsored by FHWA, AASHTO and the Transportation Research Board, the NCPP will begin to collect data on preservation research that various states have conducted to this point. The intent is to identify duplication of research efforts to better identify what type of research needs to be done.
The MPPP will continue to meet on an annual basis to discuss and exchange information on sound preservation practices, as well as provide training to implement successful preservation programs.
Two other preservation partnerships, one in the Northeast and one in the Southeast, are in a formation stage, and Galehouse anticipates the synergies to be gained by additional regional groups will benefit the overall objectives of all involved in pavement preservation.
For more information on MPPP, contact Larry Galehouse at the National Center for Pavement Preservation, 517-432-8220 or www.pavementpreservation.org.