Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2015 - (Page 11)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP2 Inc.
Contributors Make FP2
Research, Influence Possible
s this edition of Pavement Preservation Journal goes
to press, we are in the midst of the construction
season. This year in particular has been both
exciting and challenging for FP2, and for our
pavement preservation community.
FP2 continues to represent and work for our supporters
and the pavement preservation industry. For those who
read this magazine, and follow pavement preservation, you
are aware of the ongoing issues we face. In particular, our
key focus areas are the 2015 research cycle at the National
Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and the Minnesota
DOT's MnROAD Test Track, and the status of federal
surface transportation reauthorization.
I want to start with a BIG THANK YOU to the supporters
of FP2, and especially those who stepped up financially
to support FP2's efforts to be a full funding partner in the
2015 NCAT/MnRoad research experiment, along with the
17 state DOT agencies.
These supporters are recognized on Page 22 preceding
our quarterly NCAT update, and they clearly are
committed to pavement preservation and what FP2 does.
Please thank them for their support for this valuable
research. I obviously am biased, but I am amazed that
we do not have more support from the overall pavement
The pavement preservation industry has always talked
about the life extension value and cost effectiveness of
pavement preservation treatments. As professionals we
have made engineering estimates based on experience
rather than research data and facts.
The NCAT/MnROAD research is changing all that. I
want to commend the vision and work that the NCAT
staff - and the supporting state DOT partners - have done
on the track and Lee Road 159 to provide us with some key
While the monitoring of Lee Road 159 will continue
on for years, until the pavement conditions return to
pre-existing conditions, we already have seen some of the
treatment values. These include reduction in subgrade
moisture, and the evaluation of the various treatments.
Hopefully, the final life extension values will lie years in
the future, due to the success of the treatments.
The 2015 NCAT/MnROAD cycle is even more exciting, as
it moves treatments to higher-volume primary routes, and
in both warm and cold climates. The pavements selected in
both Alabama and Minnesota will have in excess of 16,000
ADT. There will be 38 treatments in both environments that
will include the 25 treatments from Lee Road 159, as well as
some additional ones (see NCAT update on Page 23).
Each treatment and control section will be 1/10 mile-long.
The NCAT sections are scheduled to be placed in August,
and the MnROAD treatments will be placed either in 2015 or
early 2016, depending on schedules.
It's been a great pleasure to work with the NCAT
and Minnesota DOT staffs and the supporting states in
developing this research project, and to see their excitement
and enthusiasm about pavement preservation. I would also
add that the states are also seeing the long-term value in
the pavement preservation research, as is evidenced by the
increased number of states funding the pooled fund.
Lastly I want to mention the status of surface
transportation reauthorization. As you can imagine, the
status of a new, long term bill is very dynamic, and changes
nearly every day. Executive director Jim Moulthrop
and I have made several trips, along with our counsel,
Tracy D. Taylor of Williams & Jensen, PLLC, to meet with
legislative staffs. See her update on Page 19.
Our goal and message is to keep pavement preservation
language in a new bill, and to impress on legislators the
importance to public and private sector stakeholders of a
long-term bill instead of another MAP-21 extension. We
are optimistic that we are being successful in delivering
this message. Time will tell. In the meantime, I encourage
everyone to voice his or her support for our efforts to your
senators and representative; visit http://www.fp2.org/
benefits-of-pavement-preservation/ for guidance on how
to contact them and what to say, so together we offer a
pavement preservation journal
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2015
Revived Expert Task Group Will Build on Successes
Next Year, Make it Nashville in October for National Conference
D.C. Update: ‘DRIVE’ to Long-Term Program
PPRA 2015 Fall Meeting Features International Focus
NCAT: 2015 Research Cycle Under Way
NCHRP: Consider Preservation in ME Pavement Design
LTPP Studies WMA Thin Overlays
Establish a Three-Dimensional Road Maintenance Policy
MnDOT taps ‘Buried Treasure’ Beneath Busy Urban Expressway
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2015