The 2019 Arkansas Concrete Pavement Conference last week drew an estimated 175 professionals to Little Rock to learn about and discuss the latest innovations in concrete pavement design, construction and maintenance. 

Alan Meadors kicked off the formal program, which included opening remarks by Scott Bennett, Arkansas DOT Director and FHWA perspectives presented by. Angel Correa, and an overview of ACPA activities and inter-industry competition by Leif Wathne, ACPA.  Technical presentations included:

  • Achieving pavement smoothness by Luke Stovall of Weaver-Bailey Contractors;* 
  • Preserving concrete pavements: making the right choice by John Roberts of IGGA;
  • Concrete research activities by Dr. Micah Hale, University of Arkansas;
  • Transitioning from PI to IRI for compliance by John Donahue, of the Missouri DOT;
  • Precast panels for highway construction by Sam Tyson of FHWA; 
  • Performance and use of sealants on concrete pavements by Dr. Cameron Murray, University of Arkansas; and 
  • A National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Update by Dr. Peter Taylor of the CP Tech Center.

The conference also included a presentation of a $100,000 check from the Chapter to the University of Arkansas in support of concrete initiatives.  The contribution is part of a five-year commitment by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.  Another highlight of the annual conference were the refreshment breaks, where participants had the opportunity to visit with and see exhibits by sponsors. 
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* ACPA member company.