We would like to bring to your attention a pooled-fund project that has been proposed to encourage and facilitate the active participation of Department of Transportation (DOT) personnel in the 9th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets. States participating in the pooled Fund solicitation 1347 (www.pooledfund.org/Details/Solicitation/1347) will have the opportunity to provide input to the conference proprieties, produce a conference report highlighting important next steps, and conduct pre and post webinars.
The pooled-fund project objectives are to facilitate the sharing of information on pavement management practices and to encourage innovation among member states. The main goal of the conference is to move pavement management beyond the short-term by embracing innovation and addressing sustainability, accountability, and improved performance. Two staff members from participating states will be eligible for reimbursement of the conference travel costs and registration fees. One member from each of the first six partner states making commitments will be invited to serve on the conference planning committee. Active conference planning participation will enable member states to work with experts in the field and shape the conference program, evaluate their agency’s current capacity in areas of pavement asset management, help determine priorities for their agencies, and be partner to a follow-up training webinar on implementation strategies. The pooled-fund has been approved for 100% SPR funding and a contribution of $10,000 for state agencies and $3,000 for local agencies has been proposed.
Current partners include the Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia DOT’s. The collaborative research program will provide an accessible and efficient way for highway agencies to participate in the conference that will develop the framework for the next generation of pavement management approaches and tools.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions,
Tanveer Chowdhury, P.E.
Assistant Division Administrator
Maintenance Division - Central Office
1401 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804)786-0694 (W)(804)291-8762 (C)
Gerardo Flintsch, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure & Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
3500 Transportation Research Plaza,
Blacksburg, VA 24061