With encouragement to “be bold” FHWA Pavement Design and Performance Team Leader LaToya Johnson set a positive and productive course for a 1-1/2 day “Concrete Pavement Strategic Planning Meeting” last week. Held  at ACPA headquarters in Rosemont, IL.

Meeting participants included officials from the FHWA, state DOT’s, academia, and industry (including Jerry Voigt of ACPA).

The first day of the meeting  was about equally divided between  discussions about current concerns and limitations of concrete pavement design and ways to evaluate long-life pavement strategies in spite of constraints and limitations.  The second day included breakout sessions and group reports on the benefits of and implementation of long-life pavement strategies.

Framing the discussions and break-out sessions were presentations on pavement design by Mark Snyder, President of Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants; Tom Yu,  FHWA Pavement Design Program Manager; Tom Van Dam, Principal Engineer, NCE.  Kurt Smith, Program Director, and Prashant Ram, Pavement Engineer, both with Applied Pavement Technology, facilitated the meeting.  

A key deliverable of the meeting will be a white paper that will capture key points from the stakeholders and which will be used for future planning. 

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