Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2013 - (Page 7)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By Michael Buckingham President, FP2 Inc. W FP2 Moving Ball Forward in 2013 ith enactment of new federal surface transportation legislation just behind us, the year 2013 began on a very high note for your FP2 Inc. This fulfilled FP2’s primary goal of getting financial support for pavement preservation and asset management codified in federal law. Also late last year we were cheered by the launch of quantitative pavement preservation research at the Pavement Test Track of the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. Both the track and MAP-21 gave us and our many visitors much to talk about at our annual hospitality suite at the Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington in January (see Page 23). But like the Russian matryoshka dolls—in which a second, derivative creation is found nested within the first, and another and another hidden within the second and the third—we are finding that just as soon as we reach one goal, we are compelled onward to another related challenge in keeping the momentum going. Along those lines, here’s what we are tracking in 2013: • Rulemaking for MAP-21 provisions. Getting preservation codified in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) bill was only the start of our work “inside the Beltway.” The bill provides the mandate, but it’s up to the Federal Highway Administration to provide the details. FHWA is in the process of issuing rulemaking regarding a number of provisions in the bill and they are scheduled to be issued for public comment by the end of the first quarter 2013. Included will be performance measures for agency networks. FP2 Inc. will work to make sure that none of the provisions relating to preservation are adversely impacted by these rules. • American for Disabilities Act (ADA). The federal U.S. Access Board, formerly the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, plans to issue new guidelines related to “alterations” to existing pavement facilities sometime in mid-2013. At issue is whether preservation treatments fall within this category, which could affect the costs of preservation projects as one interpretation is that any “alteration” to the pavement surface would invoke the ADA provisions (ramps at intersections, signalization, etc.). With our partners in the industry, we have been working the FHWA to stay on top of this issue, and are in readiness to take whatever action is required on our part to keep reinterpretation of the ADA from negatively affecting our industry. • NCAT Preservation Group experiment. As part of this exciting new research at NCAT, preservation treatments ranging from fog seals to thin HMA overlays have been placed on Lee Road 159, and others will be placed on the NCAT track as distresses occur. A small group of FP2 Inc. supporters has been appointed by me to monitor these activities, and a meeting of all the funding partners (seven DOTs and FP2 Inc.) was held in late December to review the performance to date. In 2013 we will continue our “due diligence” for this project and report the results in Pavement Preservation Journal, and our website, • The next surface transportation legislation. When MAP-21 bill became law in October, it was valid only for 27 months. By the time you read this copy in March, only 18 months will remain before MAP-21 expires. That means we have to continue our work on Capitol Hill to make sure pavement preservation and asset management are part of the legislation that follows. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is the chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and we understand that he’ll begin writing the next bill as soon as the 113th Congress is convened, in January. We plan to stay engaged with Congress as this process begins; read more in our special article on Beltway politics on Page 9 of this issue. It goes without saying that we have a full plate of activities for 2013. For our work to be a success, FP2 needs your continuing support. We hope that you will join us financially to help make our efforts a reality in 2013. Spring 2013 pavement preservation journal 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2013

President’s Message
MAP-21: Pathway to Preservation at the Federal Funding Level
Cold-in-Place Recycling, Fiber Membrane and Seal Preserves Desert Highway
NCPP: New Online Tool Helps Measure Road Network Health
NCAT UPDATE: Axle Loads, Mileage Begin to Accumulate on NCAT Tests
NEPPP: Ribbon Cuttings Shine Spotlight on New Hampshire Pavement Preservation
TPPC: Micro Surfacing Training Offered at Texas Center
MnROAD Studies Pavement Preservation
Enlist News Media in Battle for Pavement Preservation
HIR Solves Cost Challenge to Runway Reconstruction
Shale Gas Boom Drives Town’s Bridge Renovation
Optimum Time for Slurry Seal Depends on Original Build Dat
Index of Advertisers

Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2013