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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

TRB Week Puts
Infrastructure Plan in Focus
BY ANDREW CROW
President, FP 2 Inc.

hen the calendars change to a new year,
America's transportation stakeholders know it's
time for the annual Transportation Research Board
meeting in Washington, D.C. This event releases
new peer-reviewed research in multimodal transportation, with
more than 5,000 peer-reviewed technical papers presented, and
13,000-plus delegates in attendance. There's also a growing
three-day exposition.
But TRB is more than that. It's a time when movers and shakers
in the transportation community from across the United States
come together early in the year to reconnect with old comrades,
meet new ones, and gather new ideas for the coming year. They
return recharged and ready for the season ahead.
That's why "TRB Week"-this year Jan. 8-12-has become so
important to pavement preservation and FP2 Inc. We take the
opportunity to spread the gospel of pavement preservation to the
multitude of policy makers there. We meet with our comrades and
supporters in the preservation and maintenance committees and
subcommittees, where future research is planned.
During the three-day exhibition at TRB, we operate a stand
co-located with the National Center for Pavement Preservation,
which is supported in part financially by FP2. And for years we have
hosted our popular FP2 hospitality suite, permitting preservation
stakeholders to connect in a relaxed, casual setting.
Also during TRB Week, assisted by FP2's legislative counsel
Tracy D. Taylor of Williams & Jensen, we take the opportunity to
visit our senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to express to
them the powerful economic and environmental benefits of pavement preservation, and why it should continue to be eligible for
funding in federal surface transportation legislation like MAP-21
and its current successor, the FAST Act.
But this year during TRB, the nascent infrastructure plan proposed by the Trump administration was a major part of the conversation. Since TRB, the administration and Congress have begun
to make good on their promise of improving infrastructure by
including $20 billion in the 2018-19 budget passed by Congress
the first week of February. It's expected that $10 billion per year
will be included in the 2018 and 2019 appropriations bills, some
of which will likely be utilized for purposes of surface transportation, providing states the ability to let additional contracts.
The administration's infrastructure plan unveiled the second
week of February also allocates 25 percent of the $200 billion
for infrastructure for rural America. Additionally, much emphasis
on the plan is on speeding up implementation and projects by
decreasing or eliminating regulatory requirements. Lastly, while

not a part of the administration's infrastructure plan, transportation thought leaders in Congress-such as House Transformation
& Infrastructure Committee chair Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)-are
emphasizing the need and importance of finding a stable funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund, which will provide
funding stability to state and local agencies, thereby benefiting
pavement preservation.
One concern is that the plan might focus on major mega-projects,
rather than the nuts-and-bolts issues that are critical to surface transportation on the ground. This is a particular concern as funding of large projects might not properly emphasize
pavement preservation.
In this issue, counsel Taylor describes the bipartisan
Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus effort that took advantage
of TRB Week to release a blueprint for an infrastructure plan
(see p. 29). Surface transportation would be the major component-but not the only part-of that plan, which would be extended
to ports and waterways, aviation, water systems, and the like.
Also floated during TRB Week as a means of getting bipartisan support was revival of directed funding or "earmarks" in
transportation legislation. Once called "demonstration projects,"
earmarks provide a way for a legislator to insert his or her individual projects directly into legislation. Federal and State DOTs
are generally not advocates of earmarks as they take some of the
project programming process out of their hands. Earmarks also
give the press an opportunity to characterize surface transportation legislation as "pork barrel politics" instead on concentrating on the issues. Earmarks, which were less than 1 percent
of the federal budget, were banned in 2010, making passage
of transportation reauthorization bills such as MAP-21 and the
FAST Act more difficult. Growing numbers in Congress believe,
as elected officials, they should not cede their responsibility at
directing spending to federal and state bureaucrats, rather it is
their responsibility to "weigh-in" on the legislative priorities of
their constituents. Any change in this area would be accompanied by strict sunshine, and other rules, which would prevent
the abuses of the past that resulted in publicized examples of
"pork barrel" spending, and which ultimately led to the "earmark
ban." It is unlikely that a change would occur in the earmark
ban before next year.
All this is even more reason to support FP2 in its efforts to make
sure pavement preservation is known and understood by legislators. Advocacy is one of FP2's most important missions, and we
hope you will join us in our quest to keep preservation part of
national transportation legislation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018

President’s Message
New NCHRP Guidance Targets Pavement Preservation Performance
Florida Tackles Premature Failures of High Friction Surface Treatments
Oklahoma: High-Friction Surface Treatments Perform on Interstates
NCAT Track Conference Will Provide Look at Pavement Preservation Sections
FP2@TRB 2018
Bi-Partisan ‘problem Solvers Caucus’ Works to Move Infrastructure Reform
Research: Longitudinally Textured PCC Pavement Most Energy-Efficient Surface
Not Just Pavements: Micro Surfacing Right for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge
Profiles in Preservation: Crack Sealants
Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 3
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 4
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 6
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 7
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 8
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - New NCHRP Guidance Targets Pavement Preservation Performance
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 12
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 14
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Florida Tackles Premature Failures of High Friction Surface Treatments
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 16
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 18
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 20
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Oklahoma: High-Friction Surface Treatments Perform on Interstates
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 22
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 23
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - NCAT Track Conference Will Provide Look at Pavement Preservation Sections
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - FP2@TRB 2018
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 27
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 28
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Bi-Partisan ‘problem Solvers Caucus’ Works to Move Infrastructure Reform
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 30
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Research: Longitudinally Textured PCC Pavement Most Energy-Efficient Surface
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 32
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 33
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 34
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 35
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Not Just Pavements: Micro Surfacing Right for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 37
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 38
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Profiles in Preservation: Crack Sealants
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 40
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - Index of Advertisers
Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2018 - 42
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