Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2017 - 9
FP2 Advocacy Works for You!
BY ANDREW CROW
President, FP 2 Inc.
ne of FP2 Inc.'s most important missions is advocacy
for pavement preservation at the national level, and
that was the subject of the cover story in our previous
issue (see ARRA, FP2 Preservation Proponents Assault
Capitol Hill, Fall 2017, pp 17-21).
The article described the visits of six stakeholders and our
Washington, D.C. counsel, Tracy Taylor of Williams & Jensen
PLLC, to a host of representatives and senators during the May
Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.
And while FP2 executive director Jim Moulthrop and I were
unable to join them for the fly-in, the two of us followed shortly
thereafter on our own "inside the Beltway" legislative visits on
behalf of the pavement preservation community.
Under Tracy's guidance, Jim and I spent two days visiting
the offices of Reps. Mike Johnson (R-La.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.),
James Comer (R-Ky.) and John Faso (R-N.Y.). We also met with
Greg Cohen, American Highway Users Alliance, and Will Wilkins,
executive director of TRIP, a national transportation research
group, both groups supported in part by FP2. We rounded out
our trip with visits to Brittney Kohler and Carolyn Berndt,
infrastructure and environment directors of the National League
of Cities, and Ed Mortimer, vice president for transportation for
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Why should proponents of pavement preservation spend so much
time educating legislators on the benefits of preservation? Frankly,
it's because they need to know what pavement preservation is before
they can support it in federal surface transportation legislation.
We all know what pavement preservation is and why it saves
government agencies time and money. We also know it's the environmentally sustainable way to provide more and more miles, year
after year, of top-flight driving surfaces for the motoring public,
short of costly total reconstruction.
But what is obvious to us remains a mystery to many others.
Many highly placed individuals who have the ability to affirm
transportation policy may not know the difference between preservation and maintenance, or why a "worst first" approach is
the worst way to spend precious road dollars. They truly are
focused on policy.
On these visits we educate legislators and their staffs on the
benefits of pavement preservation, its many benefits, ranging
from environmental to costs savings, and why it's so important
to maintain eligibility of preservation for federal funding. Just as
necessary, we reach out to the House and Senate transportation
committee and subcommittee staffs to make sure they know the
value of pavement preservation, because that's where so much of
the legislation is framed. In addition, we coordinate with others
in the surface transportation community, expanding our reach
and voice in Washington on these issues.
That's why our work "inside the Beltway" is so important to
the growth of pavement preservation. Under Tracy's guidance, FP2
was instrumental in getting eligibility for pavement preservation
funding in both the MAP-21 legislation (2012-14) and in today's
FAST Act (2016-2020).
FP2 is committed to advocacy for pavement preservation. We
want preservation institutionalized at every level of government,
from the halls of Capitol Hill, to our 50 state capitals, to the counties and cities, to federal lands and Indian reservations. FP2 can
help you be an important part of this process.
FHWA TAKES INITIATIVE
In addition to Congress, the Federal Highway Administration has
a significant impact on pavement preservation.
Years ago at FHWA, the late senior construction and system
preservation engineer Jim Sorenson was a great champion
of pavement preservation at the national level. The pavement
preservation industry had no greater friend, and FP2 honors his
memory with the James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in
Today, pavement preservation is on FHWA's front burner. FHWA
executive director Butch Waidelich outlined FHWA's promotion of
pavement preservation under its Every Day Counts [EDC] program
in his keynote address to the 2nd National Pavement Preservation
Conference 2016 in Nashville, an event sponsored by FP2.
"Every Day Counts is part of the federal process to accelerate
deployment of new or underutilized technologies," Waidelich
said. "Pavement preservation techniques are being bundled into
one initiative that we will be promoting nationally through Every
Day Counts." Starting out with showcases to be held throughout
the country, pavement preservation techniques will be promoted
over a two-year period, he said.
EDC is an important mechanism that will increase understanding and acceptance of pavement preservation at the state and local
levels of government. Inside this issue we provide an overview of
FHWA's EDC initiative in pavement preservation; look for the article
on pp 16-17. We're proud to stand with FHWA at the forefront of
pavement preservation and hope you will support FP2 as we all
spread the word of pavement preservation to every corner of our
Winter 2017 | PAVEMENT PRESERVATION JOURNAL