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    Access Management: A New Response (RM331)
    Genesee Transportation Council (14 minutes)
    A discussion of safety, congestion relief, and improved access to businesses and adjacent land. Route 322 in Canandaigua, New York, is featured, along with testimonials from state and local officials and business leaders.
    Suggested audience: county, town and village highway officials, engineers, municipal officials, business groups, planning and zoning boards.

    Asphalt Crack Treatment (RM256)
    Minnesota LRRB (15 minutes)
    Describes the differences between sealing and filling cracks in asphalt pavement and how and when to apply treatment. Compares ways to clean and apply fill or seal cracks. Stresses that there are many correct ways to repair cracks, depending on your budget.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews, engineers.

    Asphalt Emulsion Spray Application© (RM055)
    Asphalt Institute (23 minutes)
    Demonstrates the steps involved in applying emulsion and aggregate, the proper types to use, and proper application conditions.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews, engineers.

    Asphalt Overlays: The Four P’s© (RM215)
    Asphalt Institute (15 minutes)
    Discusses asphalt overlays; the importance of the four P’s: planning, preparation, production, and placement; and concepts to be considered involving hot mix asphalt overlays.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents, engineers, municipal officials.

    Asphalt Paving Inspection (RM241)
    FHWA (1 hour)
    A general overview of hot mix asphalt paving operations and inspecting the work. Covers basic responsibilities, and some common problems with paving operations.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews, beginning level engineers, inspectors, and municipal officials.

    Asphalt Roadway Rehabilitation (RM263)
    LTAP (6 minutes)
    Shows and explains the process of road rehabilitation with asphalt pavement.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Base and Subbase Repair© (RM056)
    FHWA/IRF (16 minutes)
    Illustrates nine steps for repair of base and subbase. Shows on-site tests for moisture content of subgrade and base materials.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and foremen.

    Best Practices: Crack Filling/Sealing (RM466)
    Ohio DOT 2011 (20 minutes)
    This video focuses on roadway maintenance activities, including proper PPE and safety.
    Suggested audience: Highway Superintendents, managers and crew

    Blading Unpaved Roads© (RM060)
    FHWA (22 minutes)
    Illustrates practical aspects of motor grader operation to maintain unpaved roads; differences between blading and shaping; appropriate use of drags; and grading of intersections, driveways, bridge approaches, and railroad crossings.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents and crews.

    Calcium Chloride Full Depth Reclamation (RM062)
    General Chemical Corporation (15 minutes)
    Reports of studies and research on advantages of calcium chloride base stabilization for paved and unpaved roads. Uses technical language and metric measurements. Features Niskayuna, NY.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and engineers.

    Chip Seal Application (RM239)
    FHWA/BSN (40 minutes)
    Covers the basic aspects of chip seals, the procedures to be followed and some common problems. Offers general information about materials. Not specific to NYS specifications.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents, engineers, and municipal officials.

    Chip Seal Surfacing (RM064)
    Arkansas T2 Center (14 minutes)
    Road distress reasons and solutions. Maintaining roads by chip sealing, fog sealing, slurry sealing and patching. Rating road conditions, spray and spreader rates, surface preparation.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Cold In-Place Recycling© (RM065)
    ARRA (10 minutes)
    Describes cold in-place recycling, core sample testing, design of recycling content procedures, advantages and disadvantages, and illustrates recycling machinery.
    Suggested audience: highway officials interested in the advantages of pavement recycling.

    Common Maintenance Problems and Causes© (RM067)
    FHWA/IRF (21 minutes)
    Identifies the primary causes of most road maintenance problems, and discusses the importance of doing maintenance tasks correctly.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and foremen.

    Edge Rut Repair and Grade Gravel Shoulder (RM249)
    Utah DOT (11 minutes)
    This video begins by showing viewers a properly constructed shoulder. It continues by demonstrating the procedures for edge rut repair and grading gravel shoulders.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents, foremen, and crews.

    Everyone Pays for Potholes (RM138)
    Cornell Local Roads Program (27 minutes)
    For every dollar spent by highway agencies to maintain roads, road users pay at least $60 in out-of-pocket costs for extra fuel and car repairs. This program identifies the causes of the problem and presents ideas to solve the problems.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents.

    Forest Roads and the Environment (RM371)
    (#1 of a 5-part series, see RM370)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (18 minutes)
    An overview of how the road and environment interact with each other, this video discusses the benefits of proper maintenance activities for low-volume roads.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Full Depth Reclamation© (RM070)
    ARRA, 1992 (12 minutes)
    The application and use of full depth reclamation. Describes short and long-term benefits.
    Suggested audience: highway officials in large municipalities.

    Gravel Road Maintenance: Meeting the Challenge (RM419)
    MnDOT (30 minutes)
    This video shows the proper maintenance techniques needed to maintain gravel roads. Sections include: introduction, correct roadway shape, shaping the roadway, good surface gravel, dust control.
    Suggested audience: town highway superintendents, municipal officials, crews.

    Guidelines for Maintenance and Service of Unpaved Roads (RM344)
    Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority (22 minutes)
    A good review of blading, grading, and ditch maintenance techniques, with an emphasis on environmental effects and concerns. Some culvert maintenance information is provided.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Guidelines for Spring Highway Use Restrictions (RM023)
    Washington State DOT (26 minutes)
    Research findings focusing on pavement weight restriction policies due to cold weather-related pavement problems, such as frost heaves and pavement weakening. Guidelines on where, how much, and when to impose and remove weight restrictions.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents.

    Hot In-Place Recycling© (RM162)
    ARRA (7 minutes)
    Shows benefits and techniques of hot in-place recycling of asphalt pavement.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Maintaining Asphalt Roads - Blade Patching (RM075)
    New Mexico Highway Department (55 minutes)
    Illustrates the process of blade patching: cleaning and preparing the surface to be patched, laying material, lifts, tapers, compaction, final rolling and clean-up.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Maintaining the Ditch and Surface Cross Drains (RM375)
    (#5 of a 5-part series, see RM370)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (16 minutes)
    Comprehensive instructions for correctly constructing and maintaining ditches, culverts, and various surface cross drains.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Pavement Structure Repair Techniques (RM078) (2 video set)
    North Carolina Institute for Transportation Research and Education (2 hours 11 minutes)
    Video 1: (88 minutes): Maintenance of Gravel Roads (27 minutes), Ditch Maintenance (17 minutes), Pothole Patching (17 minutes), Crack Sealing (16 minutes), and Basic Traffic Control (11 minutes).
    Video 2: (43 minutes): Shoulder Maintenance (21 minutes) and Asphalt Chip Seals (22 minutes).
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and foremen.

    Pothole Killer, The (RM321)
    Patch Management, Inc. (7 minutes)
    This video describes a machine that can patch potholes, cracks, and edge erosion in any weather. The machine is owned by Patch Management, Inc., and uses a spray injection process recommended by the FHWA. Although this tape is a “commercial” for the machine, you may want to know something about the process.
    Suggested audience: highway and public works officials and crews.

    Potholes: Causes, Cures and Prevention© (RM081)
    CRREL, 1993 (12 minutes)
    Demonstration of pothole repair techniques; why potholes occur, how to fix them, how water and traffic cause them, and how to establish a pothole management program.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Preventive Maintenance: Project Selection (RM324)
    FHWA (30 minutes)
    Expands upon the scope of the first video in this series (see RM265, Preventive Maintenance: Protecting Our Pavements), by focusing on the selection of the right treatment for the right road. This video provides a general overview of the various preventive maintenance treatment options available for both rigid and flexible pavements and their suitability for a given pavement condition.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and municipal officials.

    Preventive Maintenance: Protecting Our Pavements (RM265)
    FHWA (14 minutes)
    A good overview of preventive maintenance. Promotes a shift in funding from repair or reconstruction of damaged roads to maintaining a road’s condition before it fails. Defines and discusses the benefits of preventive maintenance.
    Also see RM324 “Preventive Maintenance: Project Selection,” the second video in this series.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and municipal officials.

    Problems with Gravel Roads (RM238)
    FHWA/BSN (55 minutes)
    A general overview of the problems associated with gravel roads. A good video for those who want to know how gravel roads fail. Covers materials, environment, problems, grader equipment and techniques.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and new workers.

    Reading Beyond the Traveled Way (RM373)
    (#3 of 5-part series, see RM370)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (16 minutes)
    What is happening beyond the edge of the gravel surface is discussed. The tape considers natural functions (rain and erosion) and how to use that knowledge to minimize significant impacts on the road before beginning maintenance operations.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Reading the Traveled Way (RM372)
    (# 2 of 5-part series, see RM370)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (16 minutes)
    This video focuses on understanding the condition of a road and providing insights on how to proactively avoid costly repairs by properly addressing the road in its current state.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Rehabilitation of Portland Cement Concrete Pavements Using Hot Mix Asphalt Overlays© (RM165)
    Asphalt Institute (18 minutes)
    Details the use of four proven techniques for deterring reflective cracking in hot mix asphalt overlays of concrete pavement.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and foremen.

    Road Maintenance Training Video Series (RM370) (5-part set)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (85 minutes)
    This series consists of five videos (individually described in this section) that progress from an overview of road maintenance to the step-by-step methods of blading a road. The five titles are: Forest Roads and the Environment (RM371), Reading the Traveled Way (RM372), Reading Beyond the Traveled Way (RM373), Smoothing and Reshaping the Traveled Way (RM374), and Maintaining the Ditch and Surface Cross Drains (RM375).
    You can obtain your own set of the Road Maintenance Training Series, free of charge, by contacting the US Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center at (909) 599-1267.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Setting Maintenance Priorities for Low-Volume Roads (RM300)
    IRF (10 minutes)
    The reasons for setting maintenance priorities and some simple methods to help set them.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and municipal officials.

    Smoothing and Reshaping the Traveled Way (RM374)
    (# 4 of 5-part series, see RM370)
    U.S. Forest Service, San Dimas Technology and Development Center (18 minutes)
    The step-by-step process for smoothing and reshaping a gravel road, including crowned, insloped and outsloped roads, and transition segments.
    Suggested audience: town and village highway superintendents, engineers, and crews.

    Utility Cut Repair: Doing it Right (RM254)
    Minnesota LRRB (11 minutes)
    The importance of the proper repair of utility cuts in pavements. Reviews possible causes of failed utility cut repairs, and proper procedure for conducting utility cut repairs. Some material is specific to Minnesota.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews.

    Utility Cuts in Paved Roads: Parts 1 & 2 (RM258)
    LTAP/BSN (41 minutes)
    A general review of utility repairs. Covers utility coordination & control, locating existing utilities, traffic control, pavement cutting, excavation, backfilling, surface restoration, and site cleanup.
    Suggested audience: highway superintendents and crews, engineers, municipal officials.

    What’s Hot Mix Asphalt?© (RM212)
    NAPA (11 minutes)
    This video defines hot mix asphalt and its components, asphalt and aggregates, and discusses the origin and importance of these, and the advantages of hot mix asphalt.
    Suggested audience: highway and municipal officials, and engineers.

    Books

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    Asphalt Pavement Maintenance Field Guide
    Manual #2001-05 REV
    Source: University of Minnesota & MN DOT
    Keywords: Asphalt, Crack Repair, Maintenance, Patching, PMS, Surface Treatments

    Asphalt Roadway Rehabilitation Alternatives: A Training Course
    FHWA-SA-97-047
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Asphalt, Construction, Maintenance, PMS, Repairs

    Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Asphalt, Recyling

    Blading Aggregate Surfaces
    Source: NACE
    Keywords: Blading, Dragging, Gravel, Maintenance

    Chip-Seal Design Using an Expert System
    FHWA/NY/SR-96/122
    Source: NYSDOT Special Report 122
    Keywords: Chip-Seal, Maintenance, Surface Treatment

    Chip-Seal Road Maintenance
    Source: Texas Engineering Extension Service
    Keywords: Chip-Seal, Maintenance, Surface Treatment

    Deep Patch Road Embankment Repair Application Guide
    0577 1204-SDTDC
    Source: USDA Forest Service
    Keywords: Embankment, Erosion, Roadside, Slopes

    Dust Control on Low Volume Roads
    FHWA-LT-01-002
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Aggregates, Distress, Dust, Low-Volume Roads

    Dust Palliative Selection and Application Guide
    9977 1207-SDTDC
    Source: USDA Forest Service
    Keywords: Dust, Maintenance, Palliative

    Environmentally sensitive road maintenance practices for dirt and gravel roads
    Source: USDA
    Keywords: Road maintenance, gravel roads, dirt roads

    Field Management of Hot Mix Asphalt
    Info Series 124
    Source: NAPA
    Keywords: Asphalt Management, Asphalt Properties

    Framework for Evaluating Use of Recycled Materials in the Highway Environment
    FHWA-RD-00-140
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Recycled Materials, Testing, Methodology

    Guidelines for Slope Maintenance and Slide Restoration
    FHWA-TS-85-231
    Source: FHWA
    Keywords: Erosion, Slopes

    Guidelines for Using Prime and Tack Coats
    FHWA-CFL/TD-05-002
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Asphalt Emulsion, Gravel, Maintenance

    Gravel roads construction & maintenance guide
    FHWA

    Handling and Processing of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP)
    Information Series 88
    Source: NAPA
    Keywords: Asphalt, RAP, Recycling

    HMA Pavement Mix Type Selection Guide
    Information Series 128
    Source: NAPA

    Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook 2000 (CD)
    Source: AASHTO, et al.
    Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix

    Maintenance of Aggregate and Earth Roads
    WA-RD 144.1
    Source: Washington State DOT
    Keywords: Gravel, Maintenance

    Manual of Practice: Materials and Procedures for Rapid Repair of Partial-Depth Spalls in Concrete Pavements
    FHWA-RD-99-152
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Concrete, Pavement Maintenance, Spall Repair

    Manual of Practice: Materials and Procedures for Repair of Joint Seals in Portland Cement Concrete Pavements
    FHWA-RD-99-146
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Cement, Joint Seal

    Manual of Practice: Materials and Procedures for Repair of Potholes in Asphalt-Surfaced Pavements - Manual of Practice
    FHWA-RD-99-168
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Repair, Potholes, Asphalt

    Manual of Practice: Materials and Procedures for Sealing and Filling Cracks in Asphalt-Surfaced Pavements
    FHWA-RD-99-147
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Asphalt, Cracks, Repair

    Materials for Stabilization (Education and Information Guide)
    HC-100
    Source: American Road Builders Association
    Keywords: Historical, Maintenance, Stabilization

    NACE Action Guide Vol. I-5: Maintenance Management
    Source: NACE
    Keywords: Budget, Maintenance, Management

    NACE Action Guide Vol. II-2: Road Programming
    Source: NACE
    Keywords: Administration, Maintenance, Management

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 1 - Crack Seal Application
    FHWA-IF-02-005
    Keywords: Asphalt, Crack Seal, Pavement Maintenance

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 2 - Chip Seal Application
    FHWA-IF-02-046
    Source: Chip Seal

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 3 - Thin Hot-Mix Asphalt Overlay
    FHWA-IF-02-049
    Keywords: Asphalt, Hot Mix

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 4 - Fog Seal Application
    FHWA-IF-03-001
    Keywords: Fog Seal

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 5 - Microsurfacing Application
    FHWA-IF-03-002
    Keywords: Microsurfacing

    Pavement Preservation Checklist Series: 6 - Joint Sealing Portland Cement Concrete Pavements
    FHWA-IF-03-003
    Keywords: Cement, Joint Sealing

    Pavement Preservation: The Preventive Maintenance Concept
    FHWA-HI-00-006
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Asphalt, Concrete, Maintenance, PMS

    Pothole Primer: A Public Administrator's Guide to Understanding and Managing the Pothole Problem
    Special Report 81-21
    Source: US Army Corps of Engineers/CRREL
    Keywords: Asphalt, Maintenance, Potholes

    Preventive Maintenance and Surfacing Systems (DVD)
    Source: International Slurry Surfacing Association
    Keywords: Maintenance, Micropave, Slurry Seal, Surface Treatments

    Problems Associated with Gravel Roads
    FHWA-SA-98-045
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Design, Distress, Gravel, Maintenance, PMS

    Recommended Practices Manual: A Guideline for Maintenance and Service of Unpaved Roads
    Source: Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management Authority
    Keywords: Unpaved Roads

    Recycling Hot-Mix Asphalt Pavements
    Information Series 123
    Source: NAPA
    Keywords: Asphalt, Hot-Mix, Recycling

    Road Surface Management for Local Governments Course Workbook
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Budgets, Design, Maintenance, Pavement

    Roads That Last
    GC 5042
    Source: General Chemical
    Keywords: Calcium Chloride, Dust Control, Road Maintenance, Stabilization

    Selecting a Preventive Maintenance Treatment for Flexible Pavements
    FHWA-IF-00-027
    Source: USDOT FHA

    Stabilization and Pavement Recycling
    Source: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    Keywords: Asphalt, Concrete, Recycling, Stabilization

    Utility Cuts in Paved Roads: Field Guide
    FHWA-SA-97-049
    Source: USDOT FHA
    Keywords: Compaction, Field Guide, Maintenance, Utility

    Vehicle Cleaning Technology for Controlling the Spread of Noxious Weeds and Invasive Species
    0551 1203-SDTDC
    Source: USDA Forest Service
    Keywords: Equipment, Herbicides, Invasive Species, Maintenance, Noxious Weeds

    Vermont Better Backroads Pocket Guide: Clean Water You Can Afford
    Source: Vermont Local Roads Program
    Keywords: Low Volume Roads

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