The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017-2018 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report. The 37-page report includes a summary of goals of the AID-PT program, along with casebook examples developed around sustainability, tech transfer, “back to basics” education, recycling/reuse, research initiatives, performance-engineered mixtures, and more.
The report also includes quotes from ACPA President/CEO Jerry Voigt, who says, “Dividends from the AID-PT investments can be seen in technology advancements such as performance-engineered concrete mixtures, which is a program striving to ensure that agencies can specify—and contractors can deliver—durable pavements every time.” He also cites a number of other benefits, including the FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Trailer.
The AID-PT program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21). This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.
Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015, again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.
Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.
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