ISSA Using APWA To Explain Pavement Preservation’s Economical & Environmental Benefits

The International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) will join the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance (PPRA) in booth 560 at APWA’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition on September 18-21, 2011 in an effort to increase pavement preservation awareness. Visitors can discuss how ISSA’s slurry and micro surfacing, chip sealing and crack treating processes are helping government agencies worldwide save millions each year and preserve hundreds of extra lane miles while addressing the growing demand for sustainable roadways.

While limited funding forces government agencies to stretch their budgets, pavement preservation provides a solution that can reduce spending significantly when compared to performing reactive maintenance techniques, mill and fill or a full rehabilitation. Pavement preservation processes can extend the life of roads by up to seven years or more. When applied on a regular basis, these processes can drastically reduce the overall life cycle cost of a road.  This is demonstrated in ISSA’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which can be found at

In addition to the economical need, ISSA’s pavement preservation processes also address agencies’ need to create sustainable roadways. Slurry and micro surfacing, chip sealing and crack treating processes, when compared to traditional mill and fill, use up to 50% less natural resources, 40% less energy through a cooler application and 45% less greenhouse gases associated with mining and transportation of resources.

The Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance is a cooperative effort set forth by the boards of the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA) and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) dedicated to promoting the technologies, processes and applications of pavement preservation.

Founded in 1963, the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to the interests, education and success of slurry and micro surfacing, chip sealing and crack treating professionals and corporations around the world. For more information about ISSA and its practices, call (410) 267-0023; fax (410) 267-7546; email; or visit

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