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ACPA Video Update Summarizes Recent Activities

ACPA’s video special report, “3 Minutes on Monday,” focuses on some of ACPA’s most recent activities.

In the video, ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt encourages calls for grassroots advocacy support; introduces a new COVID-19 Resource Center; and provides an update on the first in a series of webinars for members, agencies/owners and engineers. and other members of the concrete pavement community.  Click here to see the video.  

ACPA and Industry Allies Plan Work Zone Safety Campaign

ACPA and 19 other highway and transportation construction organizations* will join forces to build awareness of work zone safety during the week of April 20 through 24. 

The organizations will be using a campaign, “Watch for Us,” to draw attention to the more than 700 people killed in roadway work zones, according the the watchfor.us website. Their plan is to inform highway and roadway users of the dangers of distracted driving in and near construction work zones. The group will use social media and other communications, as well as a toolkit that includes infographics, social media tools, testimonials, and other resources.

“Roadway work zones use a variety of warning systems, barriers, and other traffic controls to make certain drivers and work zones stay separated, but it just takes a moment of distraction for an accident to happen and for lives to be changed forever.”

ACPA encourages all members, chapters and technology partners to join in the campaign.  Look for the hashtag #WatchforUs, and engage in the campaign by following ACPA on Twitter and Facebook during the week of April 20.

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* American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Highway Users Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Asphalt Institute, Asphalt Pavement Alliance, Associated Equipment Distributors, Associated General Contractors of America, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Green Building Initiative, Highway Materials Group, Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America, National Center for Asphalt Technology, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, State Asphalt Pavement Associations, The Road Information Program, and Women of Asphalt.

Update: COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has added additional resources to our COVID-19 resource center and streamlined the listings for easier navigation.

We also organized new and existing  resources into four categories:

  • ACPA Resources,
  • ACPA News Briefs,
  • Business & Economic Resources, and
  • Health & Human Safety Resources

Please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. To suggest additional resources, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

Support Grows for Infrastructure Funding

President Donald J. Trump and Congressional leaders have expressed strong support infrastructure investment as part of the proposed phase 4 emergency relief funding from the federal government.

In an evening post Tuesday on Twitter, the President wrote: “With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill. It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-1),  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also have expressed support for infrastructure investment.

Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) also tweeted Tuesday night, “In the Senate, we have a bipartisan bill that will invest billions in America’s highways and is ready to go. Our bill will cut red tape so projects can get done better, faster, cheaper, and smarter.”

Speaker Pelosi held a call yesterday with reporters (and industry officials, including Jerry Voigt) and outlined proposed funding for a phase 4 economic rescue package, which would include infrastructure construction, drinking water, energy and broadband Internet. House T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) expressed support for the President’s proposal and disappointment with Republican Senate and House leaders, who have suggested waiting to see what the CARES Act, signed into law last Friday.

“Rebuilding puts people and workers first,” Chairman DeFazio says. “We have to have a better system for the future. We need to be prepared for the next major threat – climate change. If we are going to rebuild, then let’s build it a way that is more resilient, with material that produces less carbon dioxide.”

Chairman DeFazio also comments, “We need to keep the construction workers going…don’t slow down the payroll.” He cites green transportation construction options, including concrete, reducing the footprint with new mixes, etc.

Speaker Pelosi says that although the CARES Act (signed into law last week) includes $25B for transportation, there is a need for more funding. “This is a bill that is a long time in coming,” she says, adding this is a bill “for the people.”  She also says the Buy America provision will be included in the bill.

According to a report in THE HILL today, there is no broad agreement among Democrats what the infrastructure funding would be, “But the still-evolving legislation will build on a $760 billion infrastructure proposal unveiled by the Democrats in January.”

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ACPA Creates COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has developed a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic resource page to help association members’ and chapters manage the current pandemic crisis. The resource center includes a growing list of resources, as well as links to recent calls to action and video special reports.

The resource center also includes information from Federal government agencies and other organizations. These include the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and more. We encourage all members and affiliates to use the resource center and to share it with colleagues and others who may need this important and timely information.

To see and download resources, please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. If you know about additional resources not on our lists, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

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