Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2012 - (Page 9)
By Michael Buckingham President, FP2 Inc.
MAP-21: Devil is in the Details
pavement life for road agencies that are strapped for cash, not provide a memorable driving experience. Soon the Federal Highway Administration will begin requesting public comment on performance measures, and FP2 plans to provide comments stating our position. We hope you will join us in defending pavement preservation “inside the Beltway” with your comments. Please contact me or your executive director Jim Moulthrop for more information on how to submit your comments—or with any questions you may have—and thanks in advance for your interest. CHALLENGE OF ADA LAW In the meantime, the metrics of pavement preservation performance measurement isn’t the only challenge facing the industry from Washington D.C. After years of exemption from a requirement of the Americans with Disability Act, which requires provision of accessibility for disabled persons for pedestrian facilities for any work taking place in the right-of-way, new proposed rulemaking appears to require any undefined alteration to a right-of-way—perhaps a chip seal—also to provide accessibility, such as curb cuts and the like. Needless to say, to do this would greatly inflate the cost of pavement preservation projects, with little-to-no public gain. FP2 has joined with its allies the American Concrete Pavement Association, International Grooving & Grinding Association, National Asphalt Pavement Association, and National Center for Pavement Preservation to point out that preservation treatments don’t “alter” the road, and ask that they be explicitly excluded from the definition. A finding has yet to be issued. While the time for public comment on ADA has passed, know that FP2 continues to work in Washington D.C. to defend pavement preservation and keep it working on behalf of state, city, town and county road agencies, and their taxpayers.
ow that the dust has settled after the enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation legislation, with the concepts of asset management and preservation incorporated into the bill, we have a clearer view of pavement preservation and MAP-21. In brief: Our work has just begun, and your input to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on preservation in MAP-21 will be needed very soon. An article in this month’s issue elaborates point-by-point the provisions included in MAP-21 that relate to pavement preservation. Provided by our “inside-the-Beltway” representative, Tracy Taylor of Williams & Jensen LLC, these points underscore the great progress we have made in codifying pavement preservation into federal law. Ms. Taylor will provide an analysis of MAP-21 and how the pavement preservation elements will be administered in our Spring 2012 issue. GETTING THE METRICS RIGHT But there is a hitch: We know now that an important theme of the new law is accountability for work undertaken under the legislation. The operative word here is “metrics” in measurement of progress toward established goals. Our work now is shifting from getting pavement preservation included in federal law, to making sure the “metrics” by which progress in preservation will be measured are appropriate for the techniques. At present, the most widely used metric for performance is pavement smoothness as measured by the International Roughness Index (IRI). While this is appropriate for new construction or standard overlays—nearly every survey shows ride quality is the No. 1 criterion of the public in judging consumer satisfaction—we need an additional metric such as a health index or remaining service life for preservation treatments, which are designed to prolong
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2012
Lee Road Preservation Study Unique to NCAT Research
San Antonio Condition Surveys
When Managing Pavements, Manage Friction As Well
Language Affecting Pavement Preservation in MAP-21 Will Benefit Preservation Community, Road Users
Lebanon, Ohio Uses FDR to Quell Refl ective Cracks
Texas DOT Develops Crack Sealing Field Manual
Implementation of International Road Management Systems
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2012