Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2013 - (Page 7)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By Michael Buckingham President, FP2 Inc. Time for Preservation Community to ‘Play With the Big Boys’ W ith pavement preservation codified through the efforts of FP2 Inc. in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) bill, and field work is progressing on our new research program at the National Center for Asphalt Technology, it’s time to consider how pavement preservation has matured, and with that, how support for FP2—the voice of pavement preservation—will be structured in the future. As interest in pavement preservation skyrockets among state, municipal, township and county governments, the demands on national, supportive groups like FP2 Inc. and the National Center for Pavement Preservation are increasing. In action at another level are state-level preservation research and technology transfer entities, like the Texas Pavement Preservation Center in Austin (see page 34 in this issue), or the California Pavement Preservation Center at Chico. Similar efforts exist for recycling and reclaiming, which is a major component of the pavement preservation coalition, such as the Pavement Recycling and Reclaiming Center at Cal Poly Pomona, and the pooled-fund-supported Recycled Materials Resource Center at the University of WisconsinMadison. A different kind of statewide tech transfer effort in pavement preservation includes the new Florida Pavement Preservation Council, and the Georgia-Carolina Pavement Preservation Council, which focus on outreach to cities, counties and townships, as well as state DOT districts. On a broader scale their efforts are replicated by the regional preservation partnerships, such as the Rocky Mountain West Pavement Preservation Partnership spotlighted on pages 27-29. And the relatively new Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance (PPRA) is a partnership of FP2’s founding associations—the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA)—the goal of which is to advance sustainable, eco-efficient, and innovative pavement applications. Read about its upcoming, first-ever meeting and workshop this November on page 17. PRESERVATION NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE With the growth in pavement preservation—and in supporting entities—it seems to me that the entire industry needs to realize that pavement preservation is not what it used to be. Instead of being a mysterious and perhaps threatening new concept that somehow siphons state funds from capital improvement projects, pavement preservation should and will be a standard practice by agencies as they manage their roadway systems. Your FP2 has been very effective in changing the language about pavement preservation and management of roadway systems. Pavement preservation is now mainstream and it’s time for the preservation community to act like a major player, instead of the runt of the litter. Therefore to continue operating and being as effective as the demands require, I strongly feel it’s necessary to take another look at how FP2 is funded, and identify the sources of future funding. This will be necessary if we are to “play with the big boys.” We no longer are the practice that is funded only when there is enough money. Instead, we are the industry that fosters the systems and processes that allow an agency to effectively manage and optimize its pavement system for the benefit of taxpayers. IMPORTANT MEETING IN JUNE With this changed environment in mind, for FP2 to have to go to industry for funding needed activities on a program-by-program basis is undermining its ability to plan and be proactive in meeting the ever-increasing agency needs that are vital to its mission. The FP2 board of directors’ spring meeting will be held at NCAT in Alabama in early June, during a meeting of funding partners for the Preservation Group project launched last year (see page 21). Dr. Buzz Powell and his team will tour Lee Road 159 where the pavement preservation treatments were placed in 2012, and the project will be discussed intensively. From this a full report to all FP2 supporters will be developed. But while there your board will discuss how FP2 can respond to the leadership role that has been thrust on it by the growth in pavement preservation, and these discussions will lead to a significant fall strategic planning meeting on the future of FP2. We hope you will work with us toward that goal. Summer 2013 pavement preservation journal 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2013

President’s Message
‘Thinning Up’ Concrete Overlays for Pavement Preservation
IGGA: After Five Years, Colorado CPR Project Holds Strong
Joint Meeting Brings ARRA, ISSA, AEMA to California Desert
At NCAT Preservation Study, Performance Clues Emerge
Integrated System Keeps Fort Collins ‘Asset Smart’
New Alaska Database Aids Treatment Selection
GPR, FWD Analyze Airfi eld Pavements in South Carolina
TPPC: In Texas, Fog Seals Should Last 18 Months
Caution Due in Using MC-30 as Prime Coat
In Nevada, Cold Recycling Preserves I-80
Index of Advertisers

Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2013