Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2011 - (Page 7)
By J. Baxter Burns, II President, FP2, Inc.
2011 is Critical Year for Pavement Preservation
his new year is a critical year for pavement preservation, because never before have so many initiatives been underway, yet never before has the funding situation been more clouded. As you will read in these pages, a new statewide pavement preservation partnership — the Florida Pavement Preservation Council — has been launched in the Sunshine State. Under the leadership of the National Center for Pavement Preservation, it will provide Florida local government agencies with ongoing educational workshops through the NCPP, and much more. Florida joins the growing list of regional partnerships from coast-to-coast, including the new Rocky Mountain West Pavement Preservation Partnership. This revised group represents an expansion of the existing Rocky Mountain partnership to include the states of Nevada, California, Washington, Hawaii and Montana, bringing its total membership of states to 13. In addition, regional partnership meetings are scheduled for April in Oklahoma City, October for Bismarck and Reno, with the date and place for the Northeast meeting in the works. Also, the national Pavement Preservation Expert Task Group — which brings together some of the best minds of the industry and government, including the Federal Highway Administration — will meet this spring to continue its work on various issues relating to preservation, while the asphalt emulsion task group continues its work on emulsion specifications revises for various treatments. Right now, building on the success of the first International Conference on Pavement Preservation held last year in Newport Beach, planners are actively developing a new national conference on pavement preservation to be held in 2012 in Nashville. Organization, programming and logistics committees are being formed to make sure the meeting is a top-rate event. Technical sessions will be joined by demonstrations of preservation techniques in cooperation with Metro Nashville and the Tennessee DOT. Watch these pages for more information throughout 2011.
By the time you read this, the 90th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board will have taken place in Washington, D.C. TRB’s Pavement Preservation Committee met there to discuss needs in the research area, and to keep the preservation ball rolling in 2011. TRB technical sessions addressed issues ranging from optimum timing of treatments, to the value of pavement preservation. Professional networking also is a big part of what we call TRB. To this end, FP2, Inc. manned a booth in the exhibit area, and sponsored our annual hospitality suite, where we hosted visitors from among the more than 10,000 registrants from around the world. And there is more new for 2011. After more than a decade of working together, FP2 founding member associations Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and the International Slurry Surfacing Association have launched the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance. The PPRA will not be an organization, or a separate entity, and AEMA, ARRA and ISSA will continue to exist as they do today. Instead, PPRA is formal agreement to work cooperatively to represent and promote the technologies, processes and applications which were represented and promoted individually by AEMA, ARRA and ISSA, making limited dollars go farther. All this takes place against the threat of reduced dollars for pavements at the state and federal level. The year 2011 is a critical year for long-stalled federal surface transportation legislation. The outline of the successor act to SAFETEALU seems to change from month to month, and the federal government will be hard pressed to provide the funds that are needed to keep pavement conditions up while coming to an agreement on its basic structure. While we have been successful in some regions in spreading the word that reduced budgets demand pavement preservation, much still has to be done. That’s why it’s really important that FP2 continues its efforts on Capitol Hill to ensure that any new legislation recognizes the need for pavement preservation. We hope you will join us and help us meet our goals with your support and contributions.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2011
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2011
Constrained Budgets and Asset Management: Weathering the Storm
Florida Urban County Integrates Pavement Management, Preservation
Sales Tax Increase, PM Boost El Cerrito PCI
Kansas Extremes Call for ‘Flexible’ Micro Surfacing
NCPP Sparks Creation of New Florida Council
New Resources Support Asset Management
Artificial Neural Networks May Help Predict Roughness
FP2’s Sorenson Award to County of Rockland, N.Y.
Out-of-State PM Experts Review Texas Maintenance
The ‘New’ Rocky Mountain West PPP
Ultra Thin Wearing Course Serves California’s Silverado Trail
ACPA’s Burwell Honored by Groovers, Grinders
2012 National Conference on Pavement Preservation
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2011