Held in February 2015 in Paris, the first Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit (PPRS), which gathered more than 1000 participants, confirmed the need for better maintaining road infrastructure and urban networks in order to support the mobility of people and goods.In fact, public and private stakeholders have already launched a variety of initiatives regarding governance strategies, financing, new contract models, as well as new and innovative techniques and materials.
Testimonies from all continents prove that there is currently a wide consensus among participants, users, contractors, both from the industry and the public sector, to stress the necessity of preventing our roads from experiencing an irreversible degradation. This view is shared worldwide, in industrialised and emerging countries and the expectations are high.
This is the reason why major international organisations, such as PIARC, ERF and IBEF have decided to support the initiative of the French associations USIRF and IDRRIM to organise a second PPRS Congress that will take place from 26 to 28 March 2018 in Nice (France). The objective of this second PPRS Congress is to analyse and examine the state-of-the-art on road maintenance and modernisation, to identify best practices (in terms of policy, economy, finance, techniques and the environment) and to highlight opportunities offered by innovative technologies and the new related services provided by the roads and streets.
The program committee of the Congress, held by Jean-François Corté, has conceived a substantial program outline with more than 100 speakers, coming from multiple backgrounds. It should allow the comparation of experiences and the introduction of initiatives and innovations that flourish around the world.
I wish that this Congress meets your expectations, allows you to enrich your practices and finally helps us to better meet the challenge of maintaining and modernizing our roads, to ensure tomorrow’s mobility and to foster socio-economic and cultural development.
Have a good Congress and enjoy your stay in Nice,
President of PPRS Congress Nice 2018