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ARRA Members Promote Pavement Preservation and Recycling on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, May 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ali Mostardo

Joining more than 400 other transportation industry representatives, a group of ARRA member representatives and FP2 staff participated in the annual Transportation Construction Coalition’s (TCC) 2018 Legislative Fly-In this past May 15-16. Held once a year as part of "Infrastructure Week," the Fly-In focuses outreach on surface transportation legislative issues as citizens blitz their representatives and senators on the same days.


ARRA members Darren Coughlin, Coughlin Company; Jonathan Pease, Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation, Inc.; Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc.; and John Rathbun, Cutler Repaving, Inc., joined FP2 Executive Director Jim Moulthrop, FP2 legislative counsel Tracy Taylor, Williams & Jensen PLLC (who coordinated the meetings), and Pavement Preservation Journal editor Tom Kuennen for a full schedule of visits Monday through Thursday of that week with congressional and senatorial legislative staff.

    From left, Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc; John Rathbun, Cutler Repaving, Inc.; Tracy Taylor, Williams & Jensen PLLC; Jonathan Pease, Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation, Inc.; and Darren Coughlin, Coughlin Company meet with Emily Ackerman (far right), Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA). 

During the week the group visited 18 different offices, including meetings with staff from the offices of Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rep.  Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep.  Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep.  Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), Rep.  Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep.  Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and met directly with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS). 


Discussions with each representative included an explanation of what FP2 was and who FP2 represented including founding members Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA). The group shared with them what pavement preservation and pavement recycling was, its cost-saving and environmental benefits, and educated them on why it was important in terms of increasing the life cycle of the pavements. They also shared some success stories of various pavement preservation and pavement recycling jobs in in different parts of the nation. They stressed that pavement preservation need to remain eligible for funding in future federal surface transportation legislation – whether as part of program reauthorization or in the context of a new infrastructure program – and that the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) must be fixed and made sustainable and infrastructure investment be increased. 


One other meeting of note was the one with Chris Newman, PE, of FHWA, detailed to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, who is familiar from his FHWA career with pavement preservation and recycling, and offered encouraging words about spreading the message of alternative options to fix the HTF.


Rathbun, Coughlin, Taylor, and Metcalf meet with staff members Andrew Neely (3rd from right), Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, and Chance Costello (2nd from right), Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the offices of Sen. Thune (R-SD). Photos provided courtesy of FP2.

The visits were punctuated by a Fly-In legislative briefing that included Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways, who both pointed out the need to address the trust fund shortfall and urged action on it this year. Alex Hergott, White House Council on Environmental Quality, who spoke at the briefing also offered some encouragement to the group when he ran into them at a dinner meeting.


The TCC is a collection of 31 highway and other construction organizations with a direct interest in federal transportation programs. AEMA, ARRA, and ISSA are all members of TCC. The TCC focuses on the federal budget and surface transportation policy issues and is co-chaired by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of American. 

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