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For the first time, pavement preservation techniques—like micro surfacing here in Iowa—are eligible for federal funding in the new MAP-21 PHOTO COURTESY OF BASF CORP. MAP-21: Pathway to Preservation at the Federal Funding Level By Tracy Taylor M uch to the relief of the highway construction industry, Congress overcame the gridlock that stalled action on most issues, when, in July 2012—after three years and 10 shortterm extensions—it passed the latest surface transportation reauthorization act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, dubbed MAP-21. This bill—which will spend $120 billion on surface transportation over 27 months—expires Sept. 30 of next year. As such MAP-21 ensures needed predictability of federal funds for the industry and public for a relatively short period of time compared to previous “highway bills.” The relatively short length of the bill also ensures that this Congress will soon begin working on a subsequent reauthorization. Notably, the bill authorizes easing of environmental requirements, speeding up highway construction. It also consolidates federal surface transportation programs by two-thirds, from about 90 programs, to fewer than 30. It creates a new National Highway Performance Program and increases state and local accountability for their highway and transit spending. Importantly for the pavement preservation industry, the bill embraces preservation as one of the key activities for which federal highway monies can be spent. MAP-21 set in place an aggressive calendar for the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and other agencies. Important for the preservation industry will be the establishment of performance and asset management measures and standards. These standards will be critical moving forward in the development of each state’s surface transportation performance targets, as required by MAP-21, because an important theme of the new law is accountability for work funded by the act. FP2 and its allies in the industry will continue to be actively involved in this process as it unfolds this year, as their work shifts from getting pavement preservation included in federal law to making sure the means by which progress in preservation will be measured are appropriate for the techniques. NEW FUNDING STREAMS NEEDED The “elephant in the room” for MAP-21 and any future surface transportation acts—what we used to call “highway bills”—is the funding mechanism. With the proliferation of fuel-efficient cars, and a gas tax that has not risen from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993, the Highway Trust Fund is no Spring 2013 pavement preservation journal 9

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