Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2010 - (Page 7)
By J. Baxter Burns, II President, FP2, Inc.
FP2 is Off and Running!
avement preservation are the new buzz words people in the surface transportation industry are hearing at every turn, and FP2, Inc., is off and running! From the growing, deep interest in our national meetings, to the success of the world class International Conference on Pavement Preservation held in California in April, to the growing emphasis on system preservation at the national and state levels, to the growing size of this journal each issue, never before has there been such excitement in pavement preservation. The year began with a bang with all the activity at FP2’s annual hospitality suite held during in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board meeting in January. FP2 has hosted this suite for many years now and it’s become a popular spot where friends of pavement preservation connect with each other. There, you could feel the intensity level increasing as more and more pavement preservation advocates stopped by to discuss the growing need to preserve our transportation systems, not only in this country, but from international attendees wanting to start the same in their countries. FP2, Inc. has rededicated its top award in pavement preservation to honor the late Jim Sorenson, long-time proponent of pavement preservation at the federal level (see Pavement Preservation Had No Greater Friend Than Jim Sorenson, Winter 2009, pp 12-15). The 2009 James B. Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation was presented to Shakir Shatnawi of the California Department of Transportation at the Rocky Mountain Pavement Preservation Partnership meeting in October in Salt Lake City, and a duplicate copy was presented to Jim’s family at the TRB suite. Nominations for the 2010 Sorenson Award are due July 1; please consider submitting your program or one that you know well. You’ll find more information on page 37. TRB was followed by FP2’s founding association members — the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers
Association, the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and the International Slurry Surfacing Association – moving boldly to support FP2 at a level unprecedented in previous years. AEMA, ARRA and ISSA in turn had a record turnout for their joint annual meeting (see related article this issue), where we participated on the program with a presentation entitled Advocating for Pavement Preservation. At press time we all were looking forward to the First International Conference on Pavement Preservation, slated for this spring in Newport Beach, Calif. The breadth and scope of its program is unprecedented. At press time in midMarch we had over 300 delegates from around the world registered for this event, and the exhibition room quickly was sold out. And the magazine you hold in your hands continues to grow. At 52 pages, our Spring 2010 issue was the largest ever, and our issues now consistently are twice the size they were when we first launched Pavement Preservation Journal in Winter 2007. On March 17, Congress passed H.R. 2847, known as the Hire Act, and it was quickly signed into law. Among its other features, the bill extends the expired SAFETEA-LU surface transportation program authorization through Dec. 31, 2010 at current funding levels. That stabilizes the federal highway program through the end of the year, but long-term reauthorization of the program is required before states can restart their project programming, contractors can add staff and preserve more pavements, and all of us can breathe easier. In the meantime, know that in its new incarnation, FP2 and its Beltway partners are in the thick of the scrum, fighting for pavement preservation to be part of the longterm reauthorization. But we can’t do it without you. When we call you for your financial support in this endeavor, we hope you will be able to join us in our important work on behalf of pavement preservation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2010
Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2010
Chip Seal Best Practices Pay Off for End Users
L.A. County Boosts Rubber Content in Chip Seals
Star ‘Techies’: Bold, New Horizons for Tech Transfer
Learn the Lexicon of Surface Treatments
AEMA, ARRA, ISSA Take ‘Road to Recovery’ at Seventh Joint Meeting
Las Vegas Slurry Work Wins National Award
Texas PPC, FP2 Host Hot In-Place Recycling Workshops
Summary of Bituminous Overlay Strategies for Preventive Maintenance
Educate Elected Officials on Benefits of Preservation
Calendar of Events
Submit Entries to Sorenson Award for Excellence in Pavement Preservation
Patch-and-Grind Serves Cook County Road Users
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
ARRA Activities: Outlook Never Been Brighter
Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2010