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Why You Should Consider Making Time for the TCC Fly-In

Monday, March 25, 2019  
Posted by: Kristi Olson

by John Rathbun, Cutler Repaving

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) annual fly-in is set for May 14-15 in Washington, D.C.  Darren Coughlin of the Coughlin Company and myself will both be in attendance as we continue to ask Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), allowing states and contractors to provide solutions to fix our roads.

    From left: Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions; John Rathbun, Cutler Repaving; Tracy Taylor, then with Williams & Jensen; Jonathan Pease, Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation; and Darren Coughlin, Coughlin Co., meet with Emily Ackerman, Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA), during the 2018 TCC Fly-In.

Between our two companies we touch 27 states with all four of the ARRA disciplines, CIR, FDR, Cold Milling, and HIR. Our message on Capitol Hill on behalf of all our members will be that ARRA contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers have cost effective and sustainable methods that solve our asphalt pavement problems.

As Darren and I continued to talk about how to further engage our members,  he reminded me of our annual meeting keynote speaker, JP Dinnell, the former Navy Seal, who recounted his team’s experiences rooting out enemy fighters in Iraq. 

On the last night of their very difficult deployment and on the heels of losing one of their most valuable team members, who had sacrificed his life to save others, they were asked to take on a most difficult assignment, even as they could see and smell home sweet home.

In answer to the question of whether they should undertake this assignment right before they were set to come home, the commander of the Seal team responded with a question of his own. 

"If not us, then who?"

He stated that they were uniquely positioned to undertake the mission as they had superior equipment, knowledge and training of the local area over their incoming replacements.  If not us, then who?  If not now, then when? 

The answer, of course, was to undertake the mission now when they held the advantage.  Under the cover of darkness, the mission was completed and it resulted in the capture of more than one terrorist leader and many more enemy fighters.

While our challenge on Capitol Hill is not the same, it is similar in that it involves commitment in order to succeed.        

If not us, then who?

If you cannot make it to the May Fly-in, make plans to participate April 25th in the PPRA and FP 2 Webinar, "Fix the Damn Roads: The Cost of Doing Nothing."

During this one-hour Webinar you’ll hear from experts from The Road Information Program, TRIP, on the needs facing our country as well as congressional staffers and leaders from the Highway Users Alliance on the latest solutions.  You’ll have a chance to ask a question and hear the latest discussion and direction for fixing our roads.

If you’d like to attend the TCC Fly-in, May 14-15, you can still register by accessing the Fly-in web site, While the Hyatt Regency is sold out there is a list of back up hotels available during the meeting.  Let Tracy Taylor ( or Kristi Olson ( know of your interest and Tracy can make the necessary appointments to see your Congressional representatives.  

By attending either event, you will have answered the question by your very participation. 

It’s you.  And united, we can make a difference.  

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