But always with opportunities for new and better ideas, that is why you should attend PPRS Nice 2018, an international forum on road infrastructures that ERF initiated together with USIRF and IBEF with the support of the World Road association.
Road safety may have been on a lower priority for the European Commission lately. However, the wind is changing and the Commission is now paying more and more attention to road safety. Amongst the most relevant and recent initiatives there is the Valetta declaration initiated by Commissioner Violetta Bulc, and signed by the EU member states earlier this year. And in the pipeline there are already new initiatives here in Brussels. DG Move is currently working on a revision of Directives 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management and of Directive 2004/54/EC, better known as the “tunnel safety” directive. While the “tunnel safety” directive has been clearly descriptive regarding solutions and procedures in the event of incidents, the road infrastructure safety directive has unfortunately been watered down during the EU legislative process concerning road safety audits and inspections and allowing member states to define and maintain their minimum infrastructure safety requirements.
PPRS Nice 2018 is the international forum of road infrastructure that will address the pivotal topic of “maintenance, modernisation and adaptation of our roads to the mobility of the future”.
Mobility is one of the major issues of our societies, the notion of the right to mobility becoming a topical subject. And regardless of the mode used, the road and the street are the inescapable support. So this PPRS 2018, a veritable international forum on road infrastructures is therefore crucial.
Its slogan covers all the topics that will be discussed: Maintenance, modernization and adaptation to the mobility of tomorrow.
Spanish roads: the sector’s perspective FROM CURRENT UNCERTAINTIES TO A PROMISING FUTURE
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Spain is a reference point with respect to the use of European funds dedicated to the improvement of road infrastructure. Nevertheless, the main challenges today are the optimisation of road maintenance, the modernisation and the adaptation of the road network to tomorrow’s mobility needs.
The 2015 PPRS Summit highlighted the fact that most countries are not paying enough attention to road infrastructure maintenance and pavement preservation issues, nor to the socio-economic impact of under-maintenance. Postponing maintenance and rehabilitation can only make it harder to keep existing damage in check, and places the financial burden on the next generation. The watchword was “It is time to act ".
In October 2016, over 700 people from around the world attended NPPC16 in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of the conference was “Continuing the Drive for Change”. Attendees represented highway agencies, contractors, suppliers, consultants, and academia.
Promoting Pavement Preservation Through Education in PPRS 2018
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The need to educate the public and elected officials on the benefits of preservation has been, and continues to be, vitally important. The cost of constructing each of our respective road networks was enormous, but the public tends to take for granted the social and economic benefits that are made possible through these road networks. If we fail to maintain the investments that were initially made, many of the benefits the public receives will be jeopardized.
Enhance Your Professional Development at PPRS Nice 2018
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Although it is true that electronic technology has brought people throughout the world together, nothing beats a face to face conference with preservation practitioners and professionals. The Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit (PPRS) to be held in Nice, France, is an opportunity to meet subject matter experts and hear speakers provide information on the latest technologies, relevant research, best practice perspectives, and the impacts of public policy. A big take away from the Summit will be learning how to develop marketing and public relation content that address funding needs for pavement preservation.
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.