Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2014 - (Page 7)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP 2 Inc.
FP2 Goals for 2014: Advocacy,
dvocacy for pavement preservation, support for
research, and communication of their benefits
are my goals as new president of FP2 Inc.
I follow in some pretty big footsteps.
I congratulate and thank my predecessor, Mike
Buckingham, for his hard work on behalf of the
foundation. In the last two years Mike has done a great
job articulating his vision for FP2 and getting us on track.
Under his leadership we tackled the research opportunity
at the National Center for Asphalt Technology
(NCAT) Test Track, and saw the adoption of pavement
preservation as a federally funded enterprise under our
existing MAP-21 surface transportation legislation.
FP 2 'EXTREMELY VALUABLE'
To me, FP2 is an extremely valuable organization. In
October FP2 stakeholders met in Dallas to revisit our
strategic plan, and I think we accomplished a lot in
defining our missions.
First, advocacy for pavement preservation in the halls
of Congress will continue. We want to see preservation
included in this year's reauthorization of MAP-21, in
addition to a greater revenue stream like higher user
fees. But advocacy ultimately will be driven by the levels
of funding we can elicit from the industry. That's why
we have to do a better job at selling the value of what
we are doing on the advocacy side and its benefits to the
industry and agencies.
Secondly, funding of pavement preservation research
will continue as a major mission for your foundation. The
work that Mark Ishee and Tim Harrawood have been
doing as they oversee execution of preservation research
at the NCAT Test Track is extremely important; see an
update on the work on pp. 17-18 in this issue.
But Mike Buckingham urged us to develop a vision of
what we need to do after the NCAT project. There will
most likely be the opportunity to continue the research
on the track and Lee Road in the next two-year cycle of
testing once this cycle is completed.
But some observers have said that while it's great
getting data from Alabama in the deep South, it's too
easy for someone in the upper Midwest, or New England
or the Rocky Mountains to decide the NCAT data are not
applicable to them in their colder regions. We all know
that, generally speaking, if something works in the south
it's going to work up north, but we still will have to
regionalize the output.
PARTNERSHIPS AND FUNDING
The third mission I will support in my tenure is
enhanced communication. In January we made a big
commitment for 2014 to improve Pavement Preservation
Journal, the magazine you now hold in your hands, and
we will see the benefits of that.
But there are other ways pavement preservation
stakeholders can enhance communication on a personal
basis, and one is by utilizing the regional pavement
preservation partnerships. I have been extremely
involved in the Northeast Pavement Preservation
Partnership (NEPPP) since its inception. The
partnerships are administered by the National Center
for Pavement Preservation and will continue to play
a valuable part in the pavement preservation arena.
The continued funding of the NCPP and the regional
partnerships will continue to be a priority for FP2.
Lastly, I want to recommit FP2 to a higher level of
funding by supporters. If we really want to get to where
we want to be via more advocacy and research-such
as what we are doing at NCAT-we need to continue
research in other environments, and for other levels of
highway service. And that can only be done through
higher funding levels provided by today's supporters and
the new ones of tomorrow.
That's the real challenge we all face, and we must be
creative and think outside the box about how we can
fulfill FP2's missions. To that end, Michael O'Leary has
accepted the post of chair of a Membership Committee.
You'll hear more from us-and him-in the future.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2014
Late Season, Long Haul Means WMA for Grand Canyon Surfacing
It’s Easy to Educate Legislators with Congressional Field Visits
NCAT Update: Benefit Curves for Pavement Preservation
N.H. Pavement Preservation Wins 2013 Sorenson Award
Report: Pavement Albedo Inadequate to Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect
IGGA: Illinois Execs Honored with IGGA’s Promotion Award
Under Tight Deadline, Deep Injection Process Stabilizes Missouri U.S. 65
TPPC: Sustainable Pavement Preservation
Surface Retexturing, Rejuvenation Boost N.C. Interstate Performance
Breakaway Sign Posts, Color Make for Safer Roadways
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