Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - 17
HOW FP 2 WORKS FOR YOU
ARRA, FP2 Preservation
Proponents Assault Capitol Hill
BY TOM KUENNEN
ducating elected officials about
the economic and environmental benefits pavement preservation is one of the most important
missions of FP2 Inc., and during a sweltering week in May, delegates representing the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming
Association and FP2 Inc. carried the truth
about pavement preservation to elected
officials on Capitol Hill.
They joined hundreds of transportation
proponents from coast to coast during
the annual Transportation Construction
Coalition (TCC) annual Fly-In, May 17-18.
The TCC is a collection of 31 highway
and other construction organizations,
including organized labor. It provides a
unified voice "inside the Beltway" for the
road industry. The TCC is co-chaired by the
Associated General Contractors of America
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee chair John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
addresses TCC Fly-In plenary forum
Cam Madsen, legislative assistant to Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), hears about pavement preservation
and American Road & Transportation
FP2's founding associations the Asphalt
Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt
Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and
International Slurry Surfacing Association
are members of the TCC.
The benefit of the fly-in concept is the
impact that masses of transportation proponents have as they simultaneously hit
hundreds of legislative offices over two
days, all bearing the same message.
The pavement preservation visits were
set up and coordinated by Tracy D. Taylor,
principal at Williams & Jensen PLLC, FP2's
Washington D.C. legislative counsel.
"As advocacy is one of FP2's main missions-in major part resulting in pavement
preservation being eligible for federal
funding in both MAP-21 and today's
FAST Act-fly-ins are an essential part of
the mix," said FP2 executive director Jim
Moulthrop. "And the pavement preservation
industry was well represented thanks to
May was particularly important as the
Trump administration was planning what
is believed to be a $1 trillion infrastructure program that boost and direct federal
spending, increase private sector investment and cuts red tape.
"It's important that preservation eligibility for funding be part of this critical
national program, and it not be forgotten among the megaprojects that often
characterize these vital programs,"
Moulthrop said. "Our visits raise the profile of pavement preservation on Capitol
Hill and enlighten our representatives
and senators of the long-term cost benefits of pavement preservation, and its
environmental sustainability compared
to conventional practice."
PRESERVATION ON THE HILL
Although the fly-in lasted just two days-a
half-day Wednesday orientation with legislator presentations and Capitol Hill reception,
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