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Video Conference

Alternatives to Paving

  • Dec 5, 2013 (9:00 - 1:00 pm CT; 8:00 - 12:00 pm MT)
    Video Conference (designated rooms at DOT sites)


Transportation departments continue to face serious challenges in meeting customer expectations for acceptable roadway surfacing and service. Many roads and streets must carry increased traffic loads exceeding the original design, especially those with asphalt surfaces. This conference will present a historical perspective of economics, traffic, and commerce issues affecting roadway investments. New studies and field assessment will be shared for assessing roadway surfacing options and stabilization methods. Guidance on doing a 20-yr life cycle cost analysis on four surface types will be provided.

If you have specific issues you would like addressed, please come prepared to ask and discuss practical applications to your concerns.

NOTE: This course is updated from previous presentations offered through TLN.

Learning Objectives:

  • Insights into problems common to all who manage asphalt pavements.
  • Insights into tools and studies available for base and surface selection.
  • Insights on alternatives between gravel, treated gravel, asphalt surface treated base and paved surfaces.
  • Insights into dealing with the public and elected officials reactions to removing paved surfaces.
  • Insights on life cycle costs of three surfacing alternatives and asphalt pavement.


Ken Skorseth is currently the Program Manager of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) at SDSU. He has twelve years of experience in the highway and heavy construction industry and eight years as the Deuel County Highway Superintendent. Ken has studied unpaved roads across the US and as far away as New Zealand. He has lectured on the subjects of gravel road maintenance and low volume road maintenance to audiences of engineers, managers, elected officials and maintenance workers over the past 20 years.

Larry Weiss is currently the Technical Assistance Provider of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) at SDSU. He spent 37 years with the SDDOT working in construction, maintenance, operations, design and in management positions. He is a member of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board at SDSU and also serves as Chairman on several other City, Community, and State Committees/Boards.

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for roadway superintendents, local elected and transportation officials, engineers, state DOT planners and state DOT local government division staff.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050