Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2017 - 9
BY ANDREW CROW
President, FP 2 Inc.
Full Speed Ahead for FP2!
here is perhaps no better time to highlight some of the
exciting work being done by FP2 than in this Summer
2017 issue. This summer, FP2 is moving full-speed
ahead, and you need to be part of it!
Whether you are a longtime supporter or an individual or company considering greater support for FP2, your commitment to our
organization is invaluable. I invite you to consider just a few of the
positive outcomes that have resulted from FP2's ongoing research
and advocacy efforts over the past 25 years.
RESEARCH ROLLS AHEAD
FP2 believes that funding for pavement preservation research
and testing has the potential to be one of the most powerful
forces at work in our industry. And we believe so strongly in this
potential that we continue to be a major contributor to the collaborative efforts of the National Center for Asphalt Technology
(NCAT) and MnROAD pavement preservation experiments since
2012. An increase in the national commercialization of pavement
preservation will be just one outcome of FP2's support for such
We applaud the seven southern and southeastern states that
participated in pavement preservation studies on the first NCAT
test track cycle in 2012. This research proved so valuable that
an additional 13 states in the Great Lakes region took part in
pavement preservation research on MnROAD's track that began
in 2015. We are seeing how impressively some of the NCAT
projects have performed, demonstrating to agencies across
the nation how effective a variety of pavement preservation
techniques can be.
FP2 is indebted to Mike O'Leary, Jim Moulthrop, Rod Birdsall,
Mike Buckingham, Buzz Powell, Mark Ishee, Tim Harrawood,
Everett Crews and many others for their tireless efforts in making
the NCAT and MnROAD projects a success. We will continue to
advocate for new support and funding for both test tracks so an
increasing portion of the nation can benefit from the cost-effective
solutions that result from this partnership.
FP2's leadership has been closely following the decisions of the
new administration in Washington, D.C., and will continue to
advocate for infrastructure funding, as well as the proper use and
dissemination of these funds nationally.
The signing of MAP-21 (2012) and the FAST Act (2015) authorized
eligibility for long-term funding streams for pavement preservation.
But authorization is just the first step. Getting this funding in the
federal budget is the next crucial step. Until Congress passes a new
federal budget, the pavement preservation community will continue to fall short. The money dedicated to pavement preservation
has remained flat for the last seven years, despite a five percent
increase mandated from MAP-21 to the FAST Act.
That's why advocacy for preservation is so important. I want to
emphasize just a few of the ways that FP2 can enable members to
engage in advocacy efforts.
First, our expert legal counsel, Tracy Taylor, principal at
Williams & Jensen, is hard at work advocating on behalf of FP2
and pavement preservation inside the Beltway.
She stands ready to facilitate pavement preservation delegate visits on Capitol Hill. A major event that just took place was
May's national Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In to
TCC is an alliance of 29 highway and construction organizations and organized labor unions that provides a unified voice
for the road industry. The annual TCC Fly-In allows hundreds of
delegates from member associations to descend on Capitol Hill to
voice road needs to their senators and congressmen on the same
day. For the May Fly-In, Tracy set up office visits for FP2 delegates
and other individuals in the pavement preservation industry. Watch
for coverage of this event in our fall issue.
Lobbying our congressional representatives doesn't stop with
FP2. The work of our individual supporters is essential. The act
of lobbying your local congressmen and women may seem like
a tiny ripple in the ocean of federal funding. But in reality, its
effects are far-reaching. Some of the most impactful activities
include contacting your senator or representative, visiting them
in person, or even inviting government officials to visit your plant
or facilities. If you have questions about how to initiate advocacy
efforts, Tracy is available to assist. Just contact our executive
director Jim Moulthrop for more information.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
What equipment or materials manufacturer wouldn't want
to be more involved in an organization that is enabling such
impactful work for pavement preservation across the U.S.?
Ingevity, my company, values the many benefits of FP2's research
and advocacy efforts. I encourage you or your organization to
join us and your colleagues in taking a more active role in the
advancement of pavement preservation by becoming a supporter
of FP2 today.
Summer 2017 | PAVEMENT PRESERVATION JOURNAL