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ACPA Reports More Progress on Pavement Designer

Development efforts for the co-branded, web-based pavement design application being developed by ACPA, the NRMCA Research Foundation, and PCA are continuing at a brisk pace. Last month, ACPA reported that efforts led by ACPA’s Andy Gieraltowski and Eric Ferrebee have advanced to the point where many design modules are now ready for beta testing.   In the latest news, the project dashboard (saving, editing, copying, sharing projects) is being finished this week.

Internal beta-testing has been steadily progressing, and the team reports minor “bugs” are being worked out. Limited external beta-testing will begin within the next couple of weeks.  All modules are now complete. Two modules–intermodal/industrial and composite pavements with an asphalt surface–are complete on the back end and will be moved to the front end (i.e., the user interface) shortly.

Help screens and metric conversions also are on the “to do” list, and are expected to be completed before the end of August. The project is continuing to advance steadily and at a pace to be released in early fall.

Magazine Cites Federal Official’s Views on Pavement Competition

Editor’s Note:  Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same, and it’s for that reason we present this interesting bit of history, which we believe is as logical now as it was 96 years ago. An article in the July 1921 issue of “ARIZONA HIGHWAYS” magazine quoted federal official Thomas H. MacDonald, on his strong views about competition.  Mr. MacDonald served for 34 years as the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads, forerunner of today’s Federal Highway Administration.  The article is presented in its entirety.

“In a statement just issued [by] Thomas H. MacDonald Chief of the United States Bureau of Public Roads  deplores the tendency that has been developing in some States to pass legislation governing conditions of bond issues and specifying one type of material to be used in highway construction.

“Mr. MacDonald urges open competition and more careful consideration of cost and local conditions affecting construction before the type of pavement is determined upon.

Thomas H. McDonald, BPR Chief, from 1919 to 1953. (Photo: Federal Highway Administration.)

“‘Granting that the preparation of the roadbed has been properly done,’ says Mr. MacDonald, “Many kinds of road surfaces will give excellent service.  The element of time is important.  There are so many miles of roads to be constructed and their cost will be so enormous that the most careful and detailed study of each road project must be made to provide, at the lowest possible cost, roads which will give satisfactory service and which can be maintained without undue depreciation under the traffic which is to use them.  Many times the question has been asked the bureau: What type of road is best.  The answer is always the same: There is not one best kind of type of road surface.'”

ACPA to Lead Visioning Session for Concrete Pavements

The American Concrete Pavement Association is gathering a group of members and specifiers to envision the future of concrete pavements in the year 2040.  The visioning session, called Vision 2040, will take place after the fall meeting of National Concrete Consortium meeting, on September 21 in Minneapolis.  

Vision 2040 is being modeled after a similar visioning session  that took place 20 years ago. 

The previous initiative was called, “Creating a New Generation of Pavements,” and was initiated by ACPA in 1997.   The result was five goals and a series of prioritized research and development, technology transfer, and technology implementation needs intended to help the industry reach those goals.  The statements were referred to as a “blueprint,” and became the basis for the “Concrete Pavement Road Map” published in 2005.  ACPA estimates about 80% of the blueprint has come to fruition and been completed over the last 20 years.  

Vision 2040 will provide key stakeholders with the opportunity to look forward and revisit needs, discuss aspirations and set priorities for concrete paving.  For more information about Vision 2040, contact Leif Wathne at 202.638.2272 or

2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors

Special thanks go to the 2017/2018 sponsors for their generous support of the ACPA Annual Meeting.  

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Lehigh Hanson  Gold 
Rexcon, LLC  Gold 
Wirtgen America  Gold 
Continental Cement  Silver 
GCP Applied Technologies  Silver 
Ash Grove  Event 
Central Plains Cement Company  Event 
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FAA Announces Project Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $167.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 64 airports in 30 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), according to an August 7  press release.

“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said Secretary Chao.  “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,300 new grants to nearly 1,200 airports for a total of $2 billion.  These grants will provide funds for 546 runway projects and 459 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Click here to see the projects associated with this series of grants.

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