Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2015 - (Page 11)

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Rod Birdsall President, FP2 Inc. A Contributors Make FP2 Research, Influence Possible s this edition of Pavement Preservation Journal goes to press, we are in the midst of the construction season. This year in particular has been both exciting and challenging for FP2, and for our pavement preservation community. FP2 continues to represent and work for our supporters and the pavement preservation industry. For those who read this magazine, and follow pavement preservation, you are aware of the ongoing issues we face. In particular, our key focus areas are the 2015 research cycle at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and the Minnesota DOT's MnROAD Test Track, and the status of federal surface transportation reauthorization. I want to start with a BIG THANK YOU to the supporters of FP2, and especially those who stepped up financially to support FP2's efforts to be a full funding partner in the 2015 NCAT/MnRoad research experiment, along with the 17 state DOT agencies. These supporters are recognized on Page 22 preceding our quarterly NCAT update, and they clearly are committed to pavement preservation and what FP2 does. Please thank them for their support for this valuable research. I obviously am biased, but I am amazed that we do not have more support from the overall pavement preservation industry. The pavement preservation industry has always talked about the life extension value and cost effectiveness of pavement preservation treatments. As professionals we have made engineering estimates based on experience rather than research data and facts. The NCAT/MnROAD research is changing all that. I want to commend the vision and work that the NCAT staff - and the supporting state DOT partners - have done on the track and Lee Road 159 to provide us with some key performance data. While the monitoring of Lee Road 159 will continue on for years, until the pavement conditions return to pre-existing conditions, we already have seen some of the treatment values. These include reduction in subgrade moisture, and the evaluation of the various treatments. Hopefully, the final life extension values will lie years in the future, due to the success of the treatments. The 2015 NCAT/MnROAD cycle is even more exciting, as it moves treatments to higher-volume primary routes, and in both warm and cold climates. The pavements selected in both Alabama and Minnesota will have in excess of 16,000 ADT. There will be 38 treatments in both environments that will include the 25 treatments from Lee Road 159, as well as some additional ones (see NCAT update on Page 23). Each treatment and control section will be 1/10 mile-long. The NCAT sections are scheduled to be placed in August, and the MnROAD treatments will be placed either in 2015 or early 2016, depending on schedules. It's been a great pleasure to work with the NCAT and Minnesota DOT staffs and the supporting states in developing this research project, and to see their excitement and enthusiasm about pavement preservation. I would also add that the states are also seeing the long-term value in the pavement preservation research, as is evidenced by the increased number of states funding the pooled fund. Lastly I want to mention the status of surface transportation reauthorization. As you can imagine, the status of a new, long term bill is very dynamic, and changes nearly every day. Executive director Jim Moulthrop and I have made several trips, along with our counsel, Tracy D. Taylor of Williams & Jensen, PLLC, to meet with legislative staffs. See her update on Page 19. Our goal and message is to keep pavement preservation language in a new bill, and to impress on legislators the importance to public and private sector stakeholders of a long-term bill instead of another MAP-21 extension. We are optimistic that we are being successful in delivering this message. Time will tell. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to voice his or her support for our efforts to your senators and representative; visit http://www.fp2.org/ benefits-of-pavement-preservation/ for guidance on how to contact them and what to say, so together we offer a consistent message. Fall 2015 pavement preservation journal 11 http://www.fp2.org/benefits-of-pavement-preservation/ http://www.fp2.org/benefits-of-pavement-preservation/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2015

President’s Message
Revived Expert Task Group Will Build on Successes
Next Year, Make it Nashville in October for National Conference
D.C. Update: ‘DRIVE’ to Long-Term Program
PPRA 2015 Fall Meeting Features International Focus
NCAT: 2015 Research Cycle Under Way
NCHRP: Consider Preservation in ME Pavement Design
LTPP Studies WMA Thin Overlays
Establish a Three-Dimensional Road Maintenance Policy
MnDOT taps ‘Buried Treasure’ Beneath Busy Urban Expressway
Index of Advertisers

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