For over two decades, ACPA national staff and chapter executives have met with FHWA officials to discuss pavement-related issues and opportunities for working together to address concrete pavement-related issues.  

The most recent of these meetings was held last Friday at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TRFHRC) in McLean, VA.  The meeting was expanded to also include a broader discussion of pavement research and technology priorities for both concrete and asphalt pavements. 

The “FHWA -Pavement Industry Stakeholder Meeting” included staffs and membership representatives from both ACPA and NAPA for joint discussions and breakout sessions.  The meeting began with a welcome by Dr. Cheryl Richter, Director of the  Office of Infrastructure R&D, followed by an overview by Mark Swanlund, Research Program Manager.  

Leif Wathne presented ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative and focused on the need for current and future research, innovation, and technology deployment that will be vitally important to the Federal-aid highway system. 

Discussions revolved around various concrete pavement related topics, including concrete materials, processes, design innovations, and improved decision-making.  Industry priorities were emphasized, including performance engineered mixtures, early opening to traffic, fly ash considerations, and fundamental research around load transfer and impacts on long-term performance of pavements. 

Design and performance optimization using construction QC and QA information was also discussed. Discussions touched on decision making, including the use of remaining service life as an asset management tool, network-level pavement structural evaluation, asset management and new performance measures. Breakout sessions were used to discuss industry-specific research topics and opportunities for collaboration with FHWA, as well as stakeholder communications and interaction with the FHWA. 

The concrete pavement industry is optimistic that this meeting will be the start of an improved and more effective engagement in FHWA’s research and technology endeavors.  We are hopeful that a more formalized and regular mechanism for exchanging ideas and priorities will result in a more collaborative, cohesive national concrete pavement research and technology program.

Representing the concrete pavement industry at this meeting were: Mike Byers, Kevin McMullen, Larry Scofield, Ray Seipp, Gordon Smith, Mark Snyder, Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne. 

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