Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - 10
FP Marks Silver
P2 Inc. celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding this year, and
as it looks forward to the future,
it briefly takes a look back to see
how it developed in two and a half decades.
Established in 1992 as the Foundation for
Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance
Research (FPRMR), FP2 is committed to
the advancement of pavement preservation practice. To better serve its publics,
in July 1999 FPRMR underwent a name
change to FP2 Inc.
FP2 was formed by three national associations with major interests in pavement
rehabilitation, maintenance and preservation. These three charter founding associations-the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers
Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling
& Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and the
International Slurry Surfacing Association
(ISSA)-contribute financially along
with suppliers to the industry and contractors to support the promotion of
In 2009 FP2 underwent another change,
to an advocacy institution. Today, FP2 Inc.
is supported by the pavement preservation
industry, contractors, material suppliers
and equipment manufacturers, as a nonprofit trade association organized under the
Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)6.
FP2 supports the adoption of pavement
preservation at all levels of government, and
works to ensure that pavement preservation becomes a part of road programs from
coast-to-coast. FP2 is a political advocate for
pavement preservation at the state, county,
municipal and federal agency levels.
A major mission of FP2 Inc. is to educate
elected officials-and support legislative
efforts-regarding the benefits of pavement preservation. It also seeks to enhance
FHWA and state DOT abilities to fund these
programs at the national and state levels.
Inside the Beltway-with the support
of Williams & Jensen, PLLC, FP2's professional counsel-FP2 Inc. labored to make
sure pavement preservation was eligible for
federal funding in 2012's MAP-21 national
surface transportation program, and in its
2015 successor, the FAST Act.
It also supports valuable research in
It continues to work with FHWA, the
National Center for Pavement Preservation
(NCPP), and regional pavement preservation
partnerships and state-based pavement
preservation centers. In fact, FP2 was instrumental in launching the NCPP at Michigan
State University and helps underwrite its
activities, such as regional state pavement
preservation partnerships, including the
At a July 2, 1997 signing ceremony marking cooperation of FHWA with FP2 's predecessor the
Foundation for Pavement Rehabilitation and Maintenance Research, are, back row, Jim Moulthrop
(FPRMR), Jose Garci and Don Steinke (both FHWA), Mike Krissoff (representing AEMA and ARRA),
Jim Sorenson (FHWA), Bernie McCarthy (Asphalt Institute), Mary Hogan (FPRMR), Moges Ayele
(National Highway Institute), Byron Lord (FHWA), Angel Correa (FHWA), Barry Dunn (representing
ISSA), Larry Galehouse (AASHTO) and John Fiegel (FPRMR executive director). In front are FPRMR
president Bill Ballou and FHWA's executive director Tony Kane. This ceremony set the stage for
creation of FHWA's Pavement Preservation Expert Task Group, relaunched in 2016
Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Rocky
Mountain West Pavement Preservation
Partnerships, including all 50 states, Puerto
Rico, D.C., and four Canadian provinces.
FP2 supports fundamental research
in pavement preservation, for example,
through the ongoing preservation group
experiment at the National Center for
Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Alabama and
the Minnesota DOT's Road Research Facility
(MnROAD), as part of the NCAT Pavement
Preservation Effectiveness Study.
This research at NCAT and MnROAD is
underwritten by FP2 Inc. and its funding
partners from state DOTs, beginning with
Alabama in late 2012 and expanding to
Minnesota in 2015.
FP2 also sponsors key technology transfer
events, such as international and national
pavement preservation conferences. It supports distribution of promotional information to support pavement preservation, such
as brochures and the quarterly magazine,
Pavement Preservation Journal.
And FP2 Inc. continues its sponsorship of
the James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence
in Pavement Preservation. Jim Sorenson
(1949-2009) was senior construction and
system preservation engineer, FHWA Office
of Asset Management, and he was a great
champion of pavement preservation at the
BIRTH OF FPRMR
FPRMR was launched by ISSA. Before
FPRMR, research in pavement maintenance on a national level-prior to the
Strategic Highway Research Program-
was funded periodically by entities such
as American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials through the
National Cooperative Highway Research
Program (NCHRP), and the FHWA, recalls
current FP2 executive director Jim Moulthrop.
State DOTs, of course, funded projects
dealing with crack sealing and pothole
patching that suited their materials and
environment, but there was no real national
effort, he says.
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