As road agencies that are strapped for cash look for ways to optimize their limited dollars, many are taking a much closer look at the practice of pavement preservation.

Pavement preservation techniques are being promoted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as cost-effective and environmentally sustainable strategies designed to extend the life of existing pavements before they deteriorate substantially.

Pavement preservation techniques include nonstructural preventive maintenance surface treatments such as slurry surfacings, crack sealing, chip sealing, micro surfacing, rejuvenation, hot and cold in-place recycling and thin-lift hot-mix asphalt paving; and structural preservation techniques used in concrete pavement restoration (CPR).

Pavement preservation methods prolong pavement life, avoiding high future costs of reconstruction or rehabilitation through the expenditure of lesser amounts of money at critical points in a pavement’s life. Pavement preservation pays off in both the short and long term. Experience shows that spending a dollar on pavement preservation can eliminate or delay spending $6 to $10 on future rehabilitation or reconstruction costs.

We at FP2 Inc. support the adoption of pavement preservation at all levels of government, and work to ensure pavement preservation becomes a part of road programs from coast-to-coast. We invite you to browse these pages to learn more about pavement preservation, and view our quarterly magazine, Pavement Preservation Journal.


The Damn Roads Still Need Fixing!

A stream of the April 23, 2020, live webinar, The Damn Roads Still Need Fixing — sponsored by FP2 Inc., the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) as the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance (PPRA) — now is available for viewing. This important presentation provides background for expressing road needs and is essential viewing during this year’s surface transportation reauthorization battle, especially in the context of a potential major infrastructure funding bill. See the one-hour presentation.

To follow up, FP2 has posted three documents that will support your outreach to elected officials to set up job site or manufacturing plant visits, or local or Washington D.C. office visits. We also provide Talking Points for communicating with legislators. Visit our Talking Points web page, download the files below, and let us know if you reach out to your legislators … we can help!

 

To view the *.doc templates, please download and extract the word file below:

FP2 Toolkit for Hosting Elected Officials

Template Letter to Your Member of Congress

Template for Congressional Site Visit Invitation

 

The links below can be used to find your Representative and Senators. The best way to contact them is through e-mail. District meeting or site visit requests are best scheduled through the closest in-state office. If you need help accessing that information, please let Jim Moulthrop (jimmoulthrop@gmail.com) or Tracy Taylor (tracy.taylor@align-strategies.com) know and we will be glad to help.

Find your U.S. Senators
https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Find your U.S. House Representative
https://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep


NEWS: NCAT, MnROAD Partnership

New Era in Preservation Study

A growing partnership between the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Alabama and the MnROAD research facility of the Minnesota DOT will advance research in preservation techniques for high-volume roadways.

It will do so by providing research in preservation techniques for both flexible [bituminous] and rigid [portland cement concrete] pavements, and supplying real world accelerated pavement preservation performance testing in both hot and cold climates.

And by leveraging economies of scale, it may deliver research products for a larger base of supportive agencies and private sector clients at lower buy-in costs. The partnership has the potential to play a much larger role in the national effort to validate pavement performance.

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