IRF Launches Task Force on Pavement Preservation Practices

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2009

The International Road Federation (IRF) has launched a new Pavement Preservation Practices Task Force to address the growing demand for more innovative solutions to deteriorating pavements. The first meeting of the Task Force will be held Thursday August 6 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, during IRF’s Preserving Our Highway Infrastructure Assets seminar.

Complex Challenge Needs Innovative Solutions

“The maintenance and rehabilitation of road infrastructure demands a great investment of time and money,” said Brian Harris, IRF-Washington Chairman. “The deterioration of pavement conditions from environmental factors and increasing traffic loads, combined with the limitation of funds available for maintenance and rehabilitation creates a complex challenge. This task force will gather the expertise to provide the innovative solutions needed to meet this challenge.”

Better Pavements, Better World

The preservation of pavements is an international concern that requires a combined worldwide effort to implement affordable, safer, and environmentally friendly practices.

Carlos M. Chang Albitres, Ph.D., P.E., a recognized international expert on roadway materials and pavements, will head up the newly created task force.

“The IRF Task Force on Pavement Preservation will provide an opportunity to interact with worldwide experts who share their experiences on pavement preservation, contributing to the development of new techniques and better practices,” said Chang.

The meeting will proceed with the following agenda. Any who are interested in participating are welcome to join the meeting.


  • Introduction
  • IRF Worldwide
  • International Activities
  • Membership in the task force

Founded in 1948, the International Road Federation (IRF) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with members from both the public and private sectors in 90 countries worldwide. IRF promotes the development and maintenance of better, safer roads and road networks throughout the world, using technological solutions and management practices that provide maximum economic and social returns from road investment.


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