Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2014 - (Page 9)
By Rod Birdsall
President, FP2 Inc.
Ahead for FP2
ith the 2014 season over in most parts of
North America, now is the time to look
ahead to the opportunities and the exciting
times ahead for FP2 and the pavement
As we go to press, the 2012 cycle of the NCAT pavement
preservation treatments on the Test Track and Lee Road
151 are near the end of the cycle. The final report and
outcomes will be presented March 3-5, 2015 in Auburn, Ala.
I hope you can join us there; see more information in the
advertisement, p 36.
The initial performance of the treatments on the track
and Lee Road look very encouraging and will go a long
way in defining the life extension potential of pavement
preservation treatments. Monitoring of the current sections
will continue in the next cycle until the sections return to
their previous condition.
Planning for the 2015 NCAT cycle is well underway. We
may place many of the current treatments and additional
techniques on a higher volume Alabama DOT pavement.
These would be placed in one-tenth-mile sections rather
than the current 100 ft. sections on Lee Road. The details
are yet to be worked out, but FP2 is deeply involved and
will continue to support the research.
The other exciting ongoing discussion is the potential
collaboration of NCAT and MnRoad to do pavement
preservation on high volume roads in warm and cold
climates (see article pp. 10-13). MnRoad is administered by
Minnesota DOT in conjunction with other states through
pooled funds. At the recent Midwest PPP meeting and R26
workshop in Minneapolis, attendees had the opportunity
to visit the MnRoad facility (see article pp. 15-19). Needless
to say, it was very impressive, and practical as well.
MnRoad has a very impressive setup in that its facility
has two separate traffic testing facilities. One section is a
dual-lane pavement off of I-94 where all the northbound
interstate traffic (28,000 vpd) can be diverted onto sections
where various treatments have been placed. Placement of
the treatments is easily accomplished when traffic is placed
back on the main line. The second section is a closed loop
track representing low volume roads.
The benefit of the joint research from an industry
point of view is that the treatments will be placed in
entirely different environments and traffic conditions.
In addition, the MnRoad sections also evaluate
concrete surfaces and pavement noise. The current
sections at MnRoad include many of pavement
preservation treatments, including chip seals, micro
surfacing and thin overlays, and its research already
is underway. The next MnRoad cycle begins in 2016.
Right now the MnRoad and NCAT teams - with FP2's
input - are trying to work out the details of the partnership.
As the organizations, funding and objectives of MnRoad
and NCAT are different, there are many issues to be
resolved. There have been several initial discussions and
the joint collaboration seems doable.
That's not all that's exciting! The upcoming Pavement
Preservation & Recycling World Summit (PPRS Paris) will
be held in just a few months and will bring delegates
from around the world to France, where so many of our
advanced surface treatments have originated. We hope you
will join us there; find out more on p. 27.
As you likely know, our federal surface transportation
legislation, MAP-21, has been extended through May.
Working with our D.C. representatives, Williams & Jenson,
we continue to have a very active presence in Washington
to ensure pavement preservation is included in whatever
Lastly, I want to congratulate Charleston County,
S.C., as the 2014 winner of our James B Sorenson Award for
Excellence in Pavement Preservation. Via its very progressive
pavement management system, it's implemented a very
successful preservation program; read about one aspect of
it on pp. 25-29. The award will be presented at the Southeast
PPP meeting in Charleston this spring.
Be a part of the exciting times ahead! If your firm
is not a supporter of FP2, I encourage you to join the
blue-ribbon firms that contribute to make FP2 possible. See
our new contributor list on the preceding page for more
information, and thanks.
Jonna Rae Epps. Asphalt paving and pavement
preservation stakeholders are mourning the passing
of Jonna Rae "Jonni" Evans Epps, long-time spouse of
Dr. Jon Epps, P.E., who passed at her home in Cypress, Tex.,
Oct. 21. Dr. Epps, now associate administrative director
at Texas Transportation Institute, is renowned as one of
the magisterial figures of the asphalt industry, and as
one of the "fathers" of Superpave. Mrs. Epps was known
throughout the asphalt industry as well. We at FP2 Inc.
express our condolences to Dr. Epps and his family.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2014
NCAT, MnROAD Partnership - New Era in Preservation Study
R26 Workshop: Breakout for High Volume Highway Preservation
Penetrating Emulsion, Double Chip Seal Saves Unpaved Road
Open Graded Warm Mix Boosts County Dirt Roads
You’ll Benefit from PPRS Paris 2015
CIR, Thin Seal Work Wins Norjohn Ontario Green Award
Digging PCC ‘Buried Treasure’ Beneath Asphalt Overlays
Polymer-Based Materials for Unpaved Road Maintenance
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2014