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ACPA Calls for Distinguished Service Award Nominations  

ACPA members and affiliates may submit nominations for ACPA’s 2019 distinguished service and recognition awards through August 2nd.  To submit a nomination, click the highlighted links below for each award:

Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award – Awarded annually since 1968. The award is presented to individuals or organizations for unparalleled, long-term commitment, dedication, participation, and leadership in the concrete pavement community. 

Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement – Awarded annually since 1998. The award is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements. 

Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award – Awarded selectively since 1998. The award is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions through promotional efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements.   

Lifetime Pavement Recognition Award (Highway) – Awarded annually since 1994. The award is presented to the agency owner of an in-service concrete pavement that has demonstrated exceptional performance and service to its local community, state, and users.  (This recognition rotates annually between market segments. This year, we will recognize an exceptional highway project.)

Sustainable Practices Recognition Award – Presented first in 2010, this award goes to an organization or team (owner and contractor) that demonstrates leadership by implementing design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental and economic factors.

The awards will be presented at the Association’s 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Submit all nominations by August 2nd.  To view past award recipients, please follow this link.

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Photo shows a recent Marlin J. Knutson award, one of five distinquished service and recognition awards that will be presented at ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting in December.

Final Days to Submit Excellence Awards

Friday, July 19th is the final day to submit “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” award project descriptions and photos.

As a reminder, projects must have been completed in the calendar year 2018. To submit your project for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here.

Before submitting an award, please click on the appropriate links to read more about “eligibility.” Also, be sure to review the new “Project Photograph” section, which appears as one of the links on the awards submittal page.  

Award recipients will receive an invite to attend the ACPA’s 30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 5th, at the New Orleans Marriott. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 56th Annual Meeting.

FHWA Report Details Interstate Precast Project

A 24-page report from the FHWA spotlights the use of precast concrete pavement along a section of I-90 near Issaquah, WA (about 20 miles east of downtown Seattle).  The project was made possible by an AID-PT* grant of $1,000,000 by FHWA to support the PCP test project. This case study report provides details of the PCP implementation by WSDOT to rehabilitate the distressed  pavement along the eastbound lanes of I-90 near Issaquah.

The report provides an overview of the project, details of the contracted work, and the requirements of the precast concrete pavement (PCP) panels. The illustrated report also describes the fabrication of the panels and the steps used to place the panels. 

The project was an important first step in the implementation of PCP by the Washington State DOT, the report says. To prepare for the project, the DOT participated in FHWA-sponsored workshops on PCP best practices, developed a provisional PCP spec, participated in an expert task group on PCP implementation, and along with the contractor and precaster staff, participated in just-in-time training. Click here to view/download the 24-page report. 

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Composite photo shows the location of the PCP project near Issaquah, WA, as well as the placement of the second panel.  (Photos:  Copyright property of Google® Earth™ and courtesy of Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., Advanced Concrete Pavement Consultancy LLC)

* The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision 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.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

News from Capitol Hill

ACPA is pleased to present just a few highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update by Rachel Derby, PCA Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Interested in seeing more?  Become an ACPA Advocacy Interest Member.* Advocacy Interest Members are eligible to participate in the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC). Click here to join!

  • Congress is set to begin week two of a four week work period before returning home for August Recess. This will be a busy stretch in Washington. At the top of the Congressional “to-do” list is addressing the looming debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling before leaving town at the end of the month. 
  • Before the break, the House will also seek to pass a bill to increase minimum wage, possibly continue to address immigration and potentially focus on Medicare through introduction of a prescription drug package. In the upper chamber, Majority Leader McConnell will continue to move forward on pending nominations, some tax treaties and possibly some healthcare related legislation.

In other news… 

  • The North American Concrete Alliance sent a letter to Senate leadership supporting Jeffrey Byard’s nomination to be the next administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His nomination has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and awaits consideration by the full Senate.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously supported Michelle Schultz’s nomination to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board.  The President has yet to nominate a candidate for the vacant Democratic position and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) wants a full Senate vote on Schultz’s nomination to be paired with another nominee to the STB.
  • The Senate EPW Committee held a hearing focused on the importance of passing a long-term reauthorization of the surface transportation program. As part of Chairman Barrasso’s (R-WY) remarks, he indicated the committee’s goal is to pass a bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill before the August recess. Witnesses from two state DOTs spoke about the importance of passing a long-term bill that ensures funding certainty to advancing projects.
  • The House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee held a hearing on the status of implementation and assessing future needs of a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Members of the subcommittee used the hearing to demonstrate their support for passage of a WRDA bill next year to continue to pass a bill every two years. WRDA bills authorize new Army Corps of Engineers which are cement intensive. Additionally, Chairman DeFazio (D-OR-04) spoke about his continued work to ensure the full resources of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) are invested annually, instead of sitting on a large balance. 
  • The House Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on the needs of a national surface transportation research agenda, which will be reauthorized as part of FAST Act reauthorization. Both members and witnesses highlighted the need to balance short and long term research needs. Research into improving the durability and lifespan of transportation projects was raised as a place to focus this research.
  • The Senate confirmed Peter Wright as Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) in a vote of 52-38. OLEM is responsible for Superfund, Brownfields, and Waste policy, including defining and regulating nonhazardous secondary materials (NHSMs) critical to cement industry efforts to increase the use of lower-carbon alternative fuels. Wright previously served as an attorney for Dow Chemical.

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* Advocacy Interest Membership is a special individual membership category. To be eligible for membership in this category, a member must be a stockholder, owner, director, or employee of a member admitted to any other class of membership (Article IV, Section a-i, and l). In addition, to become and remain eligible, individuals must affirm their Advocacy Interest Membership annually.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Take a Sneak Peek at the ACPA Annual Meeting

A fun-filled, information-packed annual meeting is in the works and ACPA is offering an early preview of the tentative agenda:  

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 – The meeting begins with the ACPA Chapter Committee Meeting, and meetings of the IGGA, RCC Pavement Council, and ACPA Emerging Leaders Group.  
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 – The day begins with breakfast and Task Force Meetings, followed by the Strategic Advisory Committee, Annual Meeting of the Members, Legislative Issues Committee and the Concrete Pavement University (CPU) opening session.  An early evening Mardi Gras reception will give attendees a relaxing and fun-filled opportunity to enjoy time networking and spending time with other meeting attendees.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 – The final day includes the ACPA Association Award breakfast, followed by our popular CPU tech transfer & educational events.  Eight CPU breakouts are divided into two concurrent tracks throughout the morning and afternoon.  The 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards” dinner closes out the evening and marks the end of the meeting.

With record attendance at the Mid-Year Meeting, and an all-time high number of ACPA contractor members (210 in all), we anticipate exceptional attendance, an information-packed meeting, and plenty of networking and fun! 

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’ ACPA is finalizing the draft agenda, which we plan to post soon.  Until then, save the dates and plan to join us in New Orleans. For a quick preview of our website, please visit: http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.

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