Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009 - (Page 7)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FP2 By Bill O’Leary President Foundation for Pavement Preservation As Preservation Booms, FP2 Sets New Goals already have secured a Washington fi rm, Williams & Jensen, to represent the interests of pavement preservation in the combative Beltway arena. To support this effort we’ve developed materials on the benefits of pavement preservation for congressional meetings, and developed language for a separate pavement preservation program that can be included in the coming surface transportation reauthorization bill, whenever it comes. This is critical because every indication is that the next program reauthorization will be — in the words of the secretary of transportation, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works — a transformative or transformational bill, code words to describe a bill that will transform the federal surface transportation program to one that will vigorously support a environmentally sustainable transportation program. Against this backdrop we have to make sure that pavement preservation is seen as a major player in building that environmentally sustainable surface transportation system. In advance of this radical change, if it comes about at all, Congress and the administration are struggling with the long-term underfunding of surface transportation. Like the last reauthorization, which was passed after a record 12 funding extensions, extensions of the SAFETEA-LU, the current law, are under discussion. In the meantime, new revenue streams must be found to support the greatly increased funding levels that are necessary to bring our system up to par. Regardless of how these extensions shake out, and at what time the next surface transportation bill is passed into law, FP2 will be working hard on getting the proper language to support pavement preservation. This new FP2 is a membership organization. I hope everyone who is concerned with the preservation of our roads and highway will join us in supporting our efforts to increase awareness of the need to preserve our national infrastructure, especially as surface transportation reauthorization looms. preservation has made tremendous progress in recent years, and today with the lack of funding for highways and roads it is even more important. Only accepted preservation practices can prolong pavement life — keeping pavements usable — until the time that today’s funding crisis is resolved. Now, many agencies have adjusted their programs to focus on pavement and bridge preservation only, and have virtually no or very little money for additional capacity or rehabilitation. In these very difficult economic times, when almost every sector has seen sharp downturns in business, pavement preservation is thriving. From time to time, every enterprise must evaluate its goals and achievements. The Foundation for Pavement Preservation (FP2) — publisher of the magazine you hold in your hands, Pavement Preservation Journal — has gone through several such adjustments since its inception. Each time we’ve gone through this self-examination and redirection it’s come about because long-term goals were met. Today — with the National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) and California and Texas pavement preservation centers established, and the state partnerships on firm ground — we are moving on to our next big challenge. I am very pleased to announce FP2’s latest adjustment in addressing the needs of our industry, as it adopts a new corporate structure. The Foundation for Pavement Preservation is now FP2, Inc. Specifically we are changing from a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization to a 501 (c) 6 trade association. Jim Moulthrop has accepted the position of executive director of this new association, and a new board of directors will be elected very soon. We have a new mission statement: “Advocating national policies, promotional activities, and research programs that advance pavement preservation.” With this we have recognized that we need to concentrate on getting our message heard by the policy makers, as well as elected officials. We have commitments from our supporters that will likely more than double our annual revenue, and PAVEMENT Winter 2009 pavement preservation journal

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009
President’s Message
International Preservation Conference to Feature Flexible, Rigid Pavements
A Tribute to Jim Sorenson
Add Pavement Preservation to Boost Pavement Management
L.A. Street Preservation: It’s For, and About, the Public
StreetSaver Software Key to Bay Area Asset Management, Regional Fund Distribution
Integrating Pavement Preservation Practices
Revised Manual Provides Basics of Asphalt in Preservation
International Road Federation Hears from Lone Star State on Pavement Preservation
Iowa State Hosts Grad Course in System Asset Management
A New FP2 for Changing Times
Stimulus Package Boosts Preservation in Northeast
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers

Pavement Preservation Journal - Winter 2009