Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2014 - (Page 9)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP 2 Inc.
FP2 Active Today...
he long-term strategies of FP2 Inc. are advocacy,
research and communication.
To these ends, this year we will continue to
focus on reauthorization of the federal surface
transportation program, ADA technical guidance, pavement
preservation research at NCAT, and membership support.
We are fortunate that the existing federal surface
transportation program, MAP-21, was extended through
May 2015, with some stop-gap funding added to
supplement the Highway Trust Fund deficit. We at FP2
continue to advocate the need for a long-term "highway bill"
with increased funding, so agencies and the industry can
have the space to wisely manage their assets, plan projects,
secure equipment and hire needed employees.
While our efforts in Washington are ongoing, at home
it's important that you talk to your legislators, and let them
know how preservation saves our highway network and
agency budget dollars by enabling them to manage their
assets more efficiently.
I would encourage you to go the extra steps of meeting
your legislators, inviting them to a facility or project, and
encouraging every employee to be an advocate for his
or her job. The best way to influence the future is to be
PERFORMANCE MEASURES PENDING
We also continue to wait for the Federal Highway
Administration's performance measures for pavements, as
mandated in MAP-21. The measures will be key to future
pavement management decisions. Once the measures are
released, we will review them and make any appropriate
comments and recommendations that we want considered.
We also continue to monitor the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) technical guidelines issue and how
it impacts our industry (see related article pp 11). While we
are supportive of the goals of ADA, we believe the recent
technical advisory inappropriately changed working
definitions of road maintenance and road rehabilitation to
the detriment of the public.
The definitions are not based on sound engineering data,
but rather on public perception (see related article, Summer
2014, pp 9-13). FP2 agrees with, and follows, the September
2005 FHWA definition of pavement preservation treatments,
which defines pavement preservation as treatments that
don't significantly increase structural capacity. This includes
minor rehabilitation, preventive maintenance and routine
maintenance, but excludes pavement rehabilitation that
adds structural enhancements.
We are awaiting surveys of agencies that will show
the financial impact of the current interpretation, which
requires curb modifications when certain preservation
treatments are employed. We will continue to advocate for
the previous interpretation, which has served the public
well for many years.
NCAT: ENCOURAGING RESULTS
We recently visited Lee Road and the NCAT Test Track
to review the performance of the preservation treatments
on both pavements. The results are looking very
encouraging for pavement preservation. But during the
NCAT visit, there was a lot of discussion about what will
be next. There certainly is the need to continue to monitor
and research the current 25 sections on Lee Road and the
track for performance.
There was also discussion of placing the same treatments
on a state highway to evaluate their performance on a
conventional highway pavement. In addition, with the
ongoing R26 Pavement Preservation on High Volume Roads
SHRP-2 initiative, there is an opportunity to include
pavement preservation treatments on Minnesota's MnRoad
test site, which would give cold climate performance data.
What an opportunity for our industry to prove its value
with the continued research at these two locations!
The current research at NCAT was funded by seven
states and FP2. With the potential to include MnRoad in the
next round of research we need to encourage other agencies
to get involved and become partners in this pavement
preservation initiative. I encourage everyone in the industry
to talk with agencies about what is happening in pavement
preservation research and data collection. What an
opportunity for agencies and our industry!
IN THE MEANTIME...
To make this happen, though, we need you. I encourage
anyone reading this essay who is not a financial supporter
of FP2 to become one, and get involved in our efforts. We
are putting together a membership drive to increase our
membership and financial support in order to grow our
pavement preservation efforts. It's an opportunity for you
to be part of the pavement preservation movement! For
more information, please contact executive director Jim
Moulthrop or me, and thanks.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2014
Fp2: Costs of Ada Unfunded Mandate Will Hammer Local Road Budgets
Analysis Reveals Benefits of Road Preservation Timing
NCAT Plans to Expand Preservation Research in 2015 Research Cycle
Selecting the Right Treatment for the Right Road at the Right Time
Cold in-Place Recycling Preserves County Road
CIR Solves West Virginia Pavement Predicament
PPRS Paris 2015: Time to Act Is Now
SAMI to Extend Life of U.s. 64 in N.c.
Texas Center Studies Accelerated Asphalt Sealant Curing Methods
Southeast Partnership Hears Ada Requirements
Index of Advertisers
‘Forecaster’ Guides Preservation Strategies
Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2014