Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2014 - (Page 7)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP 2 Inc.
FP2: We Need Your Support!
it improves pavement condition, and how it saves tax dollars by
prolonging pavement life. Our lobbying efforts in Washington
to boost funding now are moving full speed ahead, and we will
focus "inside the Beltway" until the next surface transportation
act is passed. Please join our efforts-we need your help!
FP2 CAN'T REST ON LAURELS
The leadership of FP2 played a key role in getting
pavement preservation language into MAP-21. However, we
can't rest on our laurels.
At writing we anxiously await FHWA's performance
measures for pavement preservation efforts executed under
MAP-21. There will be a comment period before the final
implementation. The performance measures will be key to
agencies implementing pavement preservation techniques
on their highway networks.
We also need to be thinking about the next highway bill
and what we as an industry would like to see in the bill.
Our legislators are beginning to understand the value and
return of keeping good roads good by doing pavement
preservation. They are getting the concept of Equivalent
Annual Costs and why good roads are cheaper when
preservation treatments are applied.
We must continue to send that message to all levels of
government. I encourage you to get involved and meet with
your legislators to tell them what pavement preservation is, how
ADA COMPLIANCE TO BOOST COSTS
Additionally, we now face the impact of the Americans
with Disabilities Act on our industry. ADA is a federal law
and we must live with it. FP2 does not disagree with ADA,
and supports provision of accessibility for those who need it
when roads are altered.
However, we do have issues with the Department of
Transportation/Department of Justice's definition of "road
maintenance" versus "road alterations." Inexplicably, a
micro surfacing requires curb ramps be installed, while a
slurry seal does not. Milling of two inches of asphalt and
replacement with two inches of fresh mix-which adds
neither pavement section depth nor structural strength-is
deemed an alteration which requires curb ramps.
FP2 is acquiring data that will show the cost of
compliance for various scenarios. We also are working with
agencies and associations to collect data on ADA's impact
and to get the word out. Please help us in our effort!
Also, FP2 made a huge commitment to be a full partner
in the ongoing National Center for Asphalt Technology
Preservation Group Study. There was a tremendous effort by
a few people to help design the experiment and place the 25
The initial data are very encouraging, and we are looking
forward to the final report of this phase next spring. But
what comes next? We seek to prolong the study at NCAT to
measure the real life extension of treated pavements. And
we may have the opportunity to participate at the famous
MNRoad facility north of Minneapolis to test pavement
preservation treatments in a northern climate with high traffic
volumes. Both of these projects will require time and financial
commitments from FP2. Please join our work in the field!
FP2 Inc. has a lot of issues on its plate. But we need your
personal participation and financial contribution if we are
to move the ball forward. If you are a stakeholder in the
industry, I encourage you to get involved with FP2. We need
recently returned from a very successful Northeast
Pavement Preservation Partnership (NEPPP) meeting
in Burlington, Vt. In early April, Lake Champlain was
still frozen over, and most of the conversations focused
on the severity of the winter weather and the resulting
condition of the pavements.
The other conversation theme was that we as an
industry must get involved with the issues and support
FP2's efforts if we want to increase our presence and drive
the pavement preservation message forward. To do this we
need your support!
Several topics of importance to FP2 and our industry
were front and center at the meeting. These included the
existing MAP-21 surface transportation legislation, which
expires Sept. 30; the successor highway bill; future funding
for highways as declining revenues threaten Highway
Trust Fund solvency; the ADA and its impact on pavement
preservation (see related article on pp. 9-13); preservation
research at NCAT and Lee Road (see related article on
pp. 15-17); and, lastly, how to get stakeholders on the
sidelines-perhaps you-involved in the pavement
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2014
FP²: ADA Technical Guidance Driven by Public Perception, Not Engineering Principles
NCAT Update: NCAT Anticipates Preservation in Sixth Test Cycle in 2015
Small Aggregate, Polymer Modifiers Key to New Texas Thin Lift Mixes
Bonded Wearing Courses Get Big Boost in Vermont
Join the World at PPRS Paris 2015!
Sustainability in the Sun: AEMA, ARRA and ISSA Meet in Florida
TPPC: Texas Center Evaluates HWTD Test Temps
Proactive Preservation Prevents Pavement Safety Hazards
Let Subsurface Conditions Help Determine Preservation Candidates
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Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2014