Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2015 - (Page 9)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP² Inc.
a Social Issue
he year 2015 has started with much that is
impacting - and supporting - pavement
For more information on what's happening,
take a look at the feature articles in the issue you hold in
your hands. See our articles on the Pavement Preservation
and Recycling Summit (PPRS Paris 2015), preservation
at World of Asphalt/AGG1 2015, the NCAT Test Track
Conference on the 2012 cycle with the results of pavement
preservation research on Lee Road 159, and the awarding
of our prestigious James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence
in Pavement Preservation to Charleston County, S.C., for its
We are in the midst of finalizing our support and
funding for the 2015 NCAT/MnROAD pavement
preservation experiment. The 2015 cycle will include all
the treatments that were placed on Lee Road 159, along
with sections utilizing cold in-place recycling, hot in-place
recycling, and cold central plant recycling, for a total of
Each of the treatments will be placed in one-tenth
mile sections on U.S. 280 in Alabama, and U.S. 10 in
Minnesota, providing data for both warm and cold climate
performance of the treatments. Each of these pavements
has in excess of 16,000 ADT.
We are excited about the potential for this research as
well as the continued monitoring of Lee Road 159 in the
2015 cycle. By the time you read this, the contracts for the
placement will be completed on the Alabama sections,
and the Minnesota sections will follow. The 2012 cycle
was sponsored by seven states and FP2; as of writing,
there are 17 states joining with FP2 to sponsor the 2015
We thank the past FP2 supporters for this research. It
is not too late to be a supporter for the 2015 cycle. Please
contact Jim Moulthrop if you want to join our effort.
We continue to work very closely with our
consultant, Tracy Taylor of Williams & Jensen LLC, to
advocate for pavement preservation and additional
funding in the next surface transportation bill. The
current extension runs out at the end of May. At this
writing, it doesn't appear Congress will have a new,
comprehensive bill in place, but probably will extend
MAP-21 once again.
COMMUNICATE SOCIAL NEEDS
Which leads me to the point I want to emphasize: Are we
communicating our transportation needs properly?
At the PPRS meeting in Paris, several presentations by
speakers from all over the world focused on the Big Picture
of transportation needs, like the need for funding, making
transportation a social issue, and sustainability.
Engineering of pavements is relatively easy, but
marketing and communication are more important to our
future success. Favorable political will for policy support
and funding are the keys to the future of maintaining our
Our industry competes for budget dollars at every level
with other political priorities and social programs. Are we
selling the need for transportation and how it is funded?
Today, the average driver spends less than 50 cents a day
to travel the national highway system. Most highway
users visualize only the cost of fuel, easily overlooking the
contribution their gas taxes make to enable maintenance
and capacity of the system.
That's why if we want to garner public support, we
need to sell the social value of surface transportation, and
the value of maintaining our infrastructure properly.
Mobility for both autos and freight is fundamental to our
economy. Poor roads are an obstacle to our economy and
our road users.
The social impact of poor roads is significant. Poor roads
lead to congestion (lost time, operational costs, negative
environmental impacts and social health, not to mention
driver frustration due to delays). These all lead to loss of
time and expense to every driver. I encourage you to tell
the story of the needs for transportation funding and why
it is a social issue in our society.
Pavement preservation techniques not only preserve our
roads, but are fast operations compared to reconstruction,
thus minimizing traffic disruptions. It's no secret that
our transportation system in our country is drastically
underfunded. We need to change our approach as what
we are doing isn't working. It is up to us to do a better job
selling the need, financially and socially for enhanced
surface transportation funding.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2015
Pavement Preservation World Convenes at PPRS Paris 2015
PPRS Paris: ARRA, AEMA and ISSA Meet at Same Venue
Superior Program Earns FP2 Award for Charleston County
Focus on Preservation at NCAT Pavement Test Track Meeting
Preservation Paramount at Record World of Asphalt
Under Traffic, Rejuvenating Fog Seal Preserves I-475
New Cold Milling Rules will Reduce Respirable Silica
Revised Recycling Manual Now Available from ARRA
San Diego County Preservation Work Wins ISSA’s Top Award
Report: Enhancer Provides Antistrip Performance in Adverse Conditions
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2015