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OSHA Announces Three Month Delay on Silica Rule

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) today informed ACPA of a three-month delay in enforcement of the new crystalline silica standard for construction.

The final standard was first announced on March 24, 2016, with an expected enforcement date of June 23 of this year. The agency has determined that “additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the construction standard,” according to an OSHA news release.  Enforcement is now expected to begin September 23.

In response to the original announcement, ACPA prepared and distributed a technical bulletin called, “Understanding OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule.” Developed with input from ACPA contractors and equipment members, the publication provides information about the rule and its potential impact on the concrete pavement industry.

The agency is continuing to work on addressing questions about the standard and are developing additional guidance materials. 

To see the complete news release from OSHA, follow this link

ACPA Endorses Civil Engineers’ Grand Challenge

ACPA has formally endorsed the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE’s) Grand Challenge initiative. 

In a letter to ASCE, ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt commended ASCE Executive Director Thomas Smith and the ASCE for developing and implementing the Grand Challenge, which is aimed at reducing infrastructure life-cycle costs by 50 percent by 2025, while also fostering optimization of the nation’s infrastructure.  Click here to see the letter.

The initiative asks civil engineers from all backgrounds and at every career stage to implement performance-based standards, resilience, innovation, and life cycle cost analysis in all projects.   The program also encourages engineers to rethink and re-invent project delivery, share successes and lessons learned with others, and embrace their own unique leadership role in helping to transform the construction industry.  

As part of the Grand Challenge, ASCE is sponsoring an innovation contest. The 2017 contest has 5 topics, including innovative business models and technologies; the Internet of things, sustainable (green) engineering, resilience, and next-generation transportation.

ACPA is encouraging engineers to take the Grand Challenge and to enter the innovation contest.  Click here to read more and get involved. Click here for additional information about the innovation contest.

Campaign Takes Aim at Traffic Congestion

YouTube video takes a lighthearted look at the serious problem of congestion in the I-15 corridor.

A campaign called, “Flippin’ Traffic” takes a lighthearted look at a serious problem, the increasing traffic along the Utah’s I-15 tech corridor near Silicon Slopes.

The campaign caught our eye, thanks to Mitzi McIntyre, P.E., Executive Director of the Utah Chapter, who shared a link to a video used to call more attention to the issue.  At the core of the campaign is a website that provides more details about the problem, which is said to be impacting commuters and hindering economic growth.  

The website includes additional information, infographics, and frequently-asked questions to inform site visitors and encourage a call to action intended to secure bonding ahead of a 2020 time frame.  Although the campaign and video will have most relevance to Utahns, it’s worth a look by people in other areas.  Perhaps this might inspire similar campaigns in other states! 

Wikipave Post of the Month: Rained-On Concrete

Typical scaling of concrete pavement due to non-durable paste on surface.

This month’s very timely Wikipave post of the month covers rained on pavements.  Construction projects cannot be postponed until the most ideal weather conditions occur.

The looming specter of liquidated damages, penalties, and user costs to the traveling public are often the deciding factor in when to pave.

In day-to-day decisions, the issue of weather is a primary factor, and ACPA’s Wikipave listing, “Rained-On Concrete,” discusses ways to prevent rain damage, how to assess damage, and tips for making repairs.

About Wikipave
First introduced in February 2015, ACPA’s Wikipave is the largest-scale technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and educational initiative ever pursued by the Association.  Content is drawn from more than 50 years of technical bulletins, engineering bulletins, and other resources developed by the Association.  New content and updates are added frequently, and since its inception, the resource has nearly doubled in terms of amount of content.

The website is digital-device ‘friendly,’ which makes it an exceptional resource in the office or in the field.   To see the main site, visit http://wikipave.org.

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Wikipave is a trademark of the American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.

ACPA and Partners to Meet with County Officials

ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA, along with the Ohio Concrete Pavement Association and Ohio Concrete Association will once exhibit at the annual National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference.    

The event is scheduled for April 9 through 13 in Cincinnati, with the exhibit open on Sunday and Monday, April 9 and 10. The associations will also present a 20-minute showcase on concrete products and technologies, as well as design assistance.

The conference is a headline event for the cement and concrete industry partners to meet with county officials who participated in this well-attended meeting every year.

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