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.
Join FP2 in an Extraordinary Opportunity to Have Say
in New NCAT Pavement Preservation Research!
If you are a stakeholder in the pavement preservation community please join with FP2 in an extraordinary industry opportunity, as we underwrite new research on pavement preservation at the National Center for Asphalt Technology!
Pavement preservation research at NCAT began late in 2012. Click here for our quarterly update.
Nowhere is there a more respected testing facility for bituminous pavements than NCAT, the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. For over a quarter of a century, research at NCAT has blazed new trails in asphalt science and pavement performance.
Now – for the first time – pavement preservation techniques are having their day at the NCAT Pavement Test Track as FP2 and its partners document performance there of these techniques in the new NCAT Pavement Preservation Effectiveness Study, and we want you to be part of it!
NCAT has provided industry – through FP2 Inc. – an extraordinary opportunity to participate in this new study, which has the potential to scientifically quantify the life-extending benefits of pavement preservation for flexible pavements. It’s designed to evaluate the benefits of a comprehensive list of pavement preservation treatments, and the results of the study should provide highly valuable, measurable data that are not currently available.
The study was initiated – and is being sponsored – primarily by seven state DOTs, but the private sector can and must have a place at this table as well. But participation in this essential study of this scale is a tremendous financial undertaking, and FP2 needs your help to make industry participation a reality. Frankly, the project’s funding requirements are on a par with FP2 Inc.’s current project budget, so we are redoubling our efforts to meet our contribution goal.
Your pledged contribution to this effort is essential and will ensure that you and your business have a voice in the development and execution of this experiment. That’s because FP2 Inc. will be a full partner with funding state DOTs if our funding goal is met.
With full participation by FP2, your industry will be represented in all aspects of the testing, including conceptual development, application and data gathering methods. Industry also will be represented in the data review process prior to the study’s publication.
We need your help to make full private sector participation a reality. We are asking for your pledge and commitment to ensure our industry’s voice is heard and acted on in this study.
Your pledge goes farther because it also qualifies you for membership in FP2 if you are not now a member! You will be afforded membership to FP2 Inc. for a three-year period at the level corresponding to 1/3 of your total pledged contribution. You can contribute the entire amount at once, or in equal installments on the following dates: July 1, 2012, Oct. 1, 2012, and Oct. 1, 2013. Your full amount pledged is requested before the October 2013 deadline.
Your support is essential to this study’s success. We believe the results ultimately will boost your business by objectively quantifying the benefits of pavement preservation treatments in practical findings that will be implemented by state DOTs.
For more information please contact FP2 executive director Jim Moulthrop at 512.977.1854, email@example.com. And please accept our sincere “thanks” for considering participation in this important undertaking at the NCAT Pavement Test Track.
Mike Buckingham Jim Moulthrop
President, FP2 Inc. Executive Director, FP2 Inc.