Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2013 - (Page 7)
By Michael Buckingham
President, FP2 Inc.
Question: Just What is
ithout a doubt, pavement preservation, as our
daughters might put it, is “hot”!
By “hot” I mean it is popular, timely
and stands in the public spotlight. It shares
that spotlight with other exciting highway infrastructure
themes such as low-energy mixes like warm mix asphalts,
cold mix asphalts, and recycled materials like reclaimed
asphalt pavement (RAP) in pavements and recycled concrete
aggregate (RCA) in road structures.
Yet it is pavement preservation that seems to draw the
most attention. Wouldn’t you know that now everybody and
everything seems to want to jump on the bandwagon?
There was a time when the magazine you hold in your
hands was the only one that uttered the words “pavement
preservation” in its pages, and covered the technology in
detail. Now other worthy journals are saying “me too” and
we are finding that in an effort to cast a broad net, some
things are being called “pavement preservation” that don’t
adhere to the definition that was established when the
concept first came to the fore.
‘EXTEND SERVICE LIFE’
Every year FP2 Inc. honors the memory of one of pavement
preservation’s staunchest pioneers, FHWA’s Jim Sorenson,
with its James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement
Preservation. There was not a greater friend to pavement
preservation than Jim, who promoted the concept within the
Federal Highway Administration until it thrived there. From
FHWA the word was spread to the American Association of
State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), state
and local transportation agencies, and Jim was instrumental
in the founding of FP2’s predecessor organization.
Say what you will about the profligacy of federal
government, sometimes they get it right! Jim and the FHWA
knew that the concept would succeed only by narrowing its
focus, not by diluting the effort.
This was borne out in a Sept. 12, 2005 memo by David
Geiger, P.E., FHWA director of asset management, which put
the definition of pavement preservation succinctly: “For
a treatment to be considered pavement preservation, one
must consider its intended purpose . . . the distinctive
characteristics of pavement preservation activities are that
they restore the function of the existing system and extend
its service life, not increase its capacity or strength.” To
read the entire memo, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/
Nonetheless, just about any pavement maintenance,
rehabilitation or reconstruction process has tried to find its
way into the pavement preservation “tent” or toolbox. Like
the camel who first just puts its nose under the flap, then
its neck, then its rump . . . well, you know the story. Before
long everything is pavement preservation, and like the boy
in the movie The Incredibles says, when everyone is special,
nobody is special.
Well, we at FP2 aim to keep pavement preservation
special. That doesn’t mean that you won’t see processes
peripheral to pavement preservation in our pages.
Nor does it mean we are opposed to them. But we will
support exclusively the narrow definition of pavement
preservation, because that’s still the best one.
CLOSE WORK WITH FHWA
FP2 works closely with FHWA and other pavement
preservation stakeholders in other ways. For example, we
maintain a very strong alliance with FHWA through the
four regional pavement preservation partnerships that are
coordinated by our comrades at the National Center for
Pavement Preservation at Michigan State University.
Read about one of the participants in the Southeast
PPP—Richard Turner, pavement manager for Charleston
County—in the article on Charleston County, S.C., in this
issue. He’s also a participant in the Georgia-Carolina
Pavement Preservation Council. Other such councils are
in the works. They’re just one more way we all are helping
get the gospel of pavement preservation out to those who
can benefit from it.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2013
Preservation Ranks Highin GAO Cost: BeneȀ t Ratio
Geosynthetic-Reinforced DoubleChip Seal Tames Troubled Streets
Charleston County Melds Preservation with PMS
Recycling/Warm Mix Gains,New Spec for Quiet Bridge Decks
TPPC: High-Albedo PavementsMay Have Environmental Benefits
Preservation: Are ‘Public-Private Partnerships’ Cutting Costs?
FHWA Moves Forward with Management Road Map
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Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2013