Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2015 - (Page 9)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP2 Inc.
FP2: New Year Brings
s I write this at press time in January, I hope it's
not too late to wish everyone the best for the
My first year as president of FP2 was exciting,
as well as challenging. Many of the issues that we worked
on in 2014 are continuing into 2015, but new challenges are
We will continue to dedicate our efforts on the key issues
as well as advancing our long term goals of advocacy,
research and communication. I am optimistic that we will
see some very positive results in 2015 from our efforts;
many of these efforts are described in articles in this issue.
This year has come on "fast and furious." By the time you
read this, two significant events in pavement preservation
for 2015 already will have happened.
First, the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Summit
(PPRS Paris 2015) will have taken place in Paris in late
February. FP2 is a proud sponsor of this event and we know
many of our readers will have traveled to PPRS as it also
incorporates the 6th World of Emulsions convocation, the
2nd International Pavement Preservation Conference, and
the annual meetings of FP2's founding associations, the
Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt
Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and International
Slurry Surfacing Association. Watch for coverage of this
world-class event in our Summer 2015 issue.
Secondly, the 2015 NCAT Pavement Test Track
Conference at the National Center for Asphalt Technology
will have taken place. Both PPRS Paris and NCAT are very
exciting events for our industry as they are advancing
pavement preservation with research and tested field data.
Substantial performance data will have been presented
at the NCAT conference, which will demonstrate the
life-extending values and condition improvements of
pavement preservation techniques. Equally important
will be the launch later this year of the new 2015
NCAT/MnROAD test cycle that will further pavement
preservation research in both warm and cold climates,
as well as on higher-volume trafficked pavements and
concrete sections at MnROAD.
In addition, it's anticipated that the 2015 cycle will
include the current treatments on Lee Road 159, as well as
some in-place recycling sections. FP2 will continue to be
a full sponsor of this research cycle and look forward to
working with the partnering states as well as NCAT and
MnROAD staff (see related article from NCAT in this issue).
Our advocacy efforts are continuing on two fronts. First,
the long awaited proposed national highway performance
measures were published on Jan. 5, with a 90-day comment
period. The 60+ page document for pavements and bridges
identifies three primary measures for pavements: IRI,
rutting and cracking.
We are currently reading and digesting this document
and will submit our thoughts and recommendations, both
positive and negative, to FHWA. I would encourage every
agency, pavement preservation partnership and industry
to review this document and submit input. The download
link will be found below.
Our second advocacy focus is MAP-21 and the next
surface transportation reauthorization (what we used to
call the "Highway Bill"). In these pages you will find an
article that details our efforts by Tracy Taylor, principal
with our "inside-the-Beltway" representatives, Williams
& Jensen. Let me say that we have made many trips to the
Hill and had several meetings with key representatives and
staff, most recently during the Transportation Research
Board meeting in January.
Many issues are front and center. These include getting
a long-term highway bill, securing higher funding
that may include new revenue streams, and continued
support of pavement preservation in the final legislation.
I encourage you to contact your representative and senators
and tell them how pavement preservation impacts our
transportation network, as well creates jobs.
Along with AASHTO TSP*2, we're also busy planning
the 2nd National Pavement Preservation Conference, in
downtown Nashville, Oct. 9-13, 2016. This event will build on
the success of the 2012 national conference and will include
technical presentations, field demos and exhibits. Watch for
more information on this FP2-sponsored event in these pages
and on our web site, fp2.org.
Lastly, as you can see, we are actively promoting our
industry. On the opposite page you will see the logos of
our current sponsors. They make FP2 possible, and fund
our efforts to support research and advocacy. I encourage
you to join us by contributing to FP2, and get involved in
promoting pavement preservation this busy year!
Download link for national performance standards:
pavement preservation journal
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2015
Hot, Cold In-Place Recycling Gets Boost at Western States Conference
Fort Collins HIR Project Provides Delegates with Up-Close Look
NCAT Reports 2012 Cycle Results, 2015 Preservation Activities
New Congress Means New Push Toward Reauthorization
FP² at TRB
Pavement Preservation in Spotlight at World of Asphalt 2015 in March
Control Potholes by Sealing Cracks, Joints in Advance
‘Thinlay’ Asphalt Overlays Next Word in Pavement Preservation
Texas Considers Ultra-Thin HMA Alternatives to Seal Coats
Thin Overlays Can Preserve Pavements as Well as Reduce Surface Noise
In California, Scrub Seals Gain Favor for Cost, Crack Sealing
IGGA Recognizes Leaders in Grooving, Grinding
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