Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2011 - (Page 7)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By J. Baxter Burns, II President, FP2, Inc. Powerful New Rationale for Pavement Preservation e in the pavement preservation community need no convincing of the benefits of asset management and preservation. We’ve built our careers around it, and our efforts are divided between applying pavement preservation principles in the field, improving preservation materials and techniques in the lab and test facility, and proselytizing others to adopt road preservation strategies. That’s why it was so rewarding in June 2011 to see new support for pavement preservation emerge “inside the Beltway”. Such support will be critical as FP2, Inc. forges ahead with its efforts to get pavement preservation included in the long-delayed surface transportation program reauthorization legislation now being debated on Capitol Hill. There we are finding support among legislators. For example, during the 10th Transportation Construction Coalition lobbying “fly-in” May 25, FP2 supporters had a total of 20 meetings with legislators and staff. Very positive feedback regarding pavement preservation was reported by the delegates. MORE POLICY RESOURCES That was May. On June 1, a report released by the groups Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense— Repair Priorities: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads—asserts that America’s road network is in a state of poor repair, and that states should invest more dollars in preservation and maintenance instead of expanding the highway system. “Rehabilitating a road that has deteriorated is substantially more expensive than keeping that road in good condition,” the report states. “Investing in repair and preservation does more than make headway on an inevitable problem; it actively reduces the scale of future costs … [p]rioritizing repair and preservation makes good fiscal sense and brings with it a host of additional benefits.” That’s what we’ve been saying all along! The report examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and recommends changes at the state and federal level that would benefit taxpayers while creating what it calls “a better transportation system.” The 47-page report from SGA and W TCS may be downloaded at www.smartgrowthamerica.org/ repair-priorities. Now “fix it first” always has been the mantra of those institutions which would block new highways and capacity improvements by shifting the focus from new construction to putting money in existing highways. It could be argued that such anti-highway groups are less interested in repairing roads than they are in suppressing new construction, so it’s important that preservation and maintenance not be used by obstructionists as a “red herring” that deflects funding from needed improvements. Still, this report is welcome. A reasonable position is that both system preservation and expansion should be facilitated by adequate funding. But in an era of declining funds, many road agencies have no choice but to put their limited funds in system preservation to tide them over until cash flow improves. PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT ROADMAP The case for a national approach to pavement preservation was bolstered earlier this year by the release of the Pavement Management Roadmap. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and authored by Kathryn A. Zimmerman, Linda M. Pierce and James Krstulovich of Applied Pavement Technology, Inc., the roadmap helps identify the steps needed to address current gaps in pavement management and to establish research and development initiatives and priorities. For more information, see our feature in this issue. Download your copy at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/asset/ hif11011/hif11011.pdf. But there’s more. At press time in June 2011, another report— Performance Driven: Achieving Wiser Investment in Transportation by the National Transportation Policy Project of the Bipartisan Policy Center—put the management and preservation of existing transportation system assets right near the top of a laundry list of key recommendations for the next national surface transportation program. Download the June report at http:/ /bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/performancedriven-achieving-wiser-investment-transportation. It’s clear that interest in pavement preservation at the local, state and national levels is growing from coast to coast. Please join us as we keep the ball rolling! Fall 2011 pavement preservation journal 7 http://www.fp2.org http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/ http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/asset/ http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/performance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2011

President’s Message
Preservation Treatments Are Environmentally Sustainable
Elevation, Deicer Impacts Crack Sealant Performance
In-Place Recycling Saves Energy, Cuts Emissions
Micro Surfacing Solves Hurricane-Induced Rutting
New ‘Roadmap’ to Guide Pavement Management Progress in United States
Congressman Visit to Repaver Plant Yields Big Dividends
Make Plans for ‘Music City’, 2012 Preservation Conference
Ninth Transportation Asset Management Conference Planned for San Diego
New Guidance for Preservation of High-Volume Pavements
News Briefs
Ontario’s Preservation Strategy is Environmentally Sustainable
Engineering Characteristics of Prime Coats on Granular Base
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers

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