Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2016 - (Page 9)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP2 Inc.
New FAST Act
he pavement preservation community begins 2016
with optimism after the passage late last year of
the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, also
called the FAST Act.
The legislation assures us a federal surface
transportation program for the next five years. I wish to
thank Tracy Taylor, principal of Williams & Jensen PLLC,
FP²'s legislative counsel, for making sure preservation was
represented throughout the process.
While we have not totally digested the contents of the
legislation, pavement preservation language is continued
in the law from MAP-21, along with a roughly five percent
increase in funding. This is great news as it allows agencies
and industry to undertake long-term projects without fear
of interruptions in funding. See Tracy's recap of the law in
an article on page 23.
The need for highway transportation facilities and
proper funding are keys to our national economy and
growth. We must continuously improve our transportation
system to provide a safe highway system, despite the
increase in traffic volumes. We must continue our efforts in
Washington, as well as at the state and local level, to sell the
need for pavement preservation and increased funding to
both legislators and the motoring public.
We cannot rest on our laurels that we have a new
highway bill. We must continue to present our message
and show the need for increased funding. User fees, as we
know them today, will not fund our highways in the future,
and the FAST Act does not raise revenue sources.
Instead, we have been capped nationally at 18.4 cents
per gallon since 1993, while costs for materials, equipment
and labor to do business have tripled. In addition, more
energy-efficient vehicles, electric vehicles and more pressure
from bicyclists and pedestrians for dedicated paths and the
money required for them have only exacerbated our needs.
I encourage you to be part of the solution.
PROGRESS AT NCAT/MnROAD
We have received the interim white paper for the 2012
National Center for Asphalt Technology pavement
preservation experiment on the NCAT test track and
nearby Lee Road 159. The preliminary results are very
encouraging and clearly show the positive impact of
pavement preservation on improved pavement condition
and the life-extending values of the treatments. When
finalized, this interim data will be shared with our
contributors. The data collection on Lee Road 159 will also
continue during the 2015 experiment cycle.
The current 2015 NCAT/MnROAD experiment is well
on its way. Some 38 treatments, including the 25 from Lee
Road 159, plus some additional combinations were placed
on U.S. 280 in August 2015 (see High Volume Preservation
Tests Placed in New NCAT Phase, Winter 2015, page 11. Back
issues available at fp2.org).
All the treatments are currently performing very well,
and the data collection has already begun. The treatments
at MnROAD will be placed in early summer 2016 on both
low-volume and high-volume routes (see Planning Under
Way for MnROAD Preservation Treatments, page 27). Data for
these projects are on the NCAT and MnROAD websites. If
you are in Alabama or Minnesota, I would encourage you
to visit the sites. When walking the pavements you can
definitely see the effectiveness of the treatments compared
to the untreated sections.
FP2 PLANS FOR FUTURE
At our January board meeting during the Transportation
Research Board meeting in Washington, we discussed
what's next for FP2. At our last strategic meeting several
years ago our board identified our primary objectives
as reauthorization of the highway bill and the NCAT/
MnROAD research. While these objectives will continue
to be a big part of our focus, we are examining our future
strategies. We welcome any input that you might have.
I want to congratulate the City of Los Angles Bureau of
Street Services on its winning our James B. Sorenson Award
for Excellence in Pavement Preservation (see related article
on page 11). They were gracious hosts and opened the city
to us when we presented the award.
Lastly, don't forget to plan for the 2016 National Pavement
Preservation Conference in Nashville on Oct. 11-14. The
program is nearly completed, and our Summer 2016 issue
will contain a detailed overview of what's in store. Be sure
to mark your calendars!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2016
City of Los Angeles Wins 2015 Sorenson Award
‘Flexible’ Micro Surfacing: ‘Holy Grail’ of Preservation Industry
‘FAST’ Start to 2016 Season
FP² @ TRB
Planning Under Way for MnROAD Preservation Treatments
This is the Year for NPPC 2016!
Emphasis on Asphalt at Eurasphalt & Eurobitume
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2016