The Importance of Preserving Pavements

This article brings readers up-to-date on the modern methods used for pavement preservation, an important concern for managing pavements that are deteriorating due to traffic, weather, and the passage of time. This article, the first in a series about pavement preservation, gives an overview, including a definition of pavement preservation, a brief description of some of the types of treatments available, and resources for additional information. The term “Pavement Preservation Programs and Activities” is defined in federal legislation as programs and activities employing a network level, long-term strategy that enhances pavement performance by using an integrated, cost-effective set of practices that extend pavement life, improve safety, and meet road user expectations. Pavement preservation techniques include crack sealing and crack filling; fog seals and asphalt rejuvenators; seal treatments, including scrub, sand, chip, and cape; slurry seal and micro-surfacing; and overlays, including thin, ultra-thin, and bonded wearing courses. The author briefly describes each of these techniques. Readers are referred to the National Center for Pavement Preservation ( and FP2 Inc, formerly known as the Foundation for Pavement Preservation (


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 7-10
  • Serial:
    • Asphalt
    • Volume: 28
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Asphalt Institute
    • ISSN: 0004-4954

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01531716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 4 2014 11:29AM