Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012 - (Page 9)
By Michael Buckingham President, FP2 Inc.
New Year, New Leadership for FP2
t press time in late January we fi nd ourselves in a new year, with new horizons and new leadership for FP2, Inc. Even as uncertainty continues in 2012 about the future of the national surface transportation program, we know that the philosophy of pavement preservation — spurred by outreach from the Federal Highway Administration — is penetrating to state, county and municipal governments from coast-to-coast. It’s easy to see why, although the reasons for it are discouraging. Most road agencies simply no longer have the wherewithal to continue building or reconstructing pavements. Costs have risen, traffic has increased and pavements have aged, yet neither political leaders nor their constituencies have the will to raise the funds they need to bring their systems into top shape. Instead, pavement preservation practice gives those cash-strapped agencies the means to prolong the life and ride quality of existing pavements for years to come, at which time — at the end of their extended life cycles — owning agencies may have been able to program funds to reconstruct them. AT THE CENTER OF THE MOVEMENT We at FP2 are proud to be involved with this important movement. While FP2’s mission has changed a little since its founding — we now are active “inside the Beltway” as we attempt to influence policy makers there and make sure pavement preservation is part of the next surface transportation act — FP2 always has been at the center of the efforts to promote pavement preservation and get it accepted among all levels of government. In 2012 your association continues its mission in getting the word on pavement preservation to our representatives and senators in Congress. To this end we have continued to retain the lobbying fi rm Williams & Jensen PLLC to tell our story. The new Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Senate bill has been marked up and contains numerous references to pavement preservation, while the House bill was yet to be issued. We will continue to keenly follow the progress of surface transportation reauthorization in Congress.
We continue working with the National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) to bring to fruition the year’s biggest event in pavement preservation, the National Pavement Preservation Conference (NPPC) to be held Aug. 27-30 in Nashville. In addition to a stellar technical program, the NPPC will be enhanced by the co-location of meetings of major regional pavement preservation partnerships. The fi rst morning of the conference will feature four concurrent meetings of the Midwestern, Northeast, Rocky Mountain West, and Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnerships. The recent blossoming of these regional partnerships and state councils is making it easier to “spread the word” about pavement preservation even as they focus on technologies relevant to the geographical regions in which they exist. The NPPC also will be the site of the presentation of FP2’s most prestigious award, the James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation for 2011. It’s essential to recognize exemplary efforts and the Tennessee DOT will be so honored. I invite you to consider nominating a program worth recognizing; you’ll fi nd the details in a sidebar within this issue’s article on the NCCP (see p. 10). And FP2 has agreed to coordinate with its founding member associations — the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and International Slurry Surfacing Association — in holding the Second International Conference on Pavement Preservation in conjunction with their combined annual meetings in 2015 in Paris. None of this progress would have been possible without the leadership of Baxter Burns, our immediate past president. To him we owe a great debt and we know that the new board of directors and I will continue to rely on his leadership as the months unfold. Now I stand in his shoes, although I am glad to say that I’ve been active with FP2 for a long, long time, having been present at its birth in 1992. But that’s the past. It’s the future in which we should be most interested. I hope you will join me and your skilled board of directors in moving FP2 and pavement preservation forward in the exciting years ahead.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012
National Preservation Conference: Make Plans Now
Pavement Preservation is ‘Sustainable’ Choice
Deck Micro Surfacing Cuts Accidents, Wins Award
Enhanced Fog Seals Boost Chip Retention
Sophisticated ‘Seal Coats’ Enhance Texas DOT Pavement Preservation
Rejuvenating Treatment Preserves Runway, Grooving
Fine-Mill Pavements for Smooth Thin Overlays
Puerto Rico, Southeast States Focus on Preservation
Maryland Identifies Right Fix for Right Road, Right Time
‘Thin is In’ for New Texas Center Courses
Why to Cut Back on Cutback Asphalt
Test Sections Constructed at Virginia Smart Road
Ground Penetrating Radar Fills Gaps in PMS
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012