Federal agency is urged to study the use of geosynthetics in roads

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Editor’s note: A geosynthetics breakthrough at the federal level was accomplished Oct. 13 when a letter from Congressmen John Duncan and Frank LoBiondo was sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study to investigate “costs and benefits of incorporating innovative materials in pavements … such as the addition of geosynthetic materials in pavement systems.” This long-standing issue has been championed by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and its members.

Following is an Oct. 14 letter from GMA managing director, Andrew Aho.

–Ron Bygness

Dear GMA members,

We are pleased to announce that we have made significant progress on one of our key issues. As you know, we have been diligently working on getting a federal study completed on the cost benefits of geosynthetics in roadways. Yesterday, two members of the U.S. Congress asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct our study.

Please see official letter from Congressmen Duncan and LoBiondo.

This is a significant achievement for our government relations program. We believe the successful study will provide federal government validation of the benefits of geosynthetics in pavement systems.

Many GMA members have participated in this effort by providing resources and by attending the various lobby day activities in Washington, D.C. We want to thank the GMA membership for the support moving this issue forward.

Andrew Aho
Managing Director
Geosynthetic Materials Association

651 225 6907 office
651 485 4011 cell

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