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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.

Make Plans to Attend TCC Fly-In

With the President’s infrastructure initiative being a top priority, this is one of the most important times in recent history to be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In.  ACPA is encouraging members and Chapter/State affiliates to participate in the event, which is scheduled for May 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C. 

Although the five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST Act, authorized funding levels for federal aid highway spending through FY 2020, additional revenue will be needed to support a growing program into the future. It is important that the Administration and Congress hear from industry that any infrastructure proposal must address the long term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. 

The TCC fly-in begins with a legislative briefing from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 17.   The briefing will include an update on policy funding proposals, as well as other timely information.   A Capitol Hill Reception will follow at 6:00 p.m., and this is a good opportunity to visit with legislators and staff members, as well as others in the industry who share the common interest in a strong, well-funded, and sustainable program.

On Thursday, May 18th, attendees are encouraged to start their day with a breakfast at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and then to visit Capitol Hill from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Participants will receive educational briefing materials on key industry priorities for use in meetings with their congressional delegation(s).

Now is the time to shape your future by participating in this event and using the Hill visits to convince elected officials of the importance and urgency of the nation’s federal-aid highway and airport programs. 

This year’s meeting will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.  For registrations, please call 1.888.421.1442 or 1.202.737.1234.   To register for the briefing, which also includes the reception and breakfast, please click here to visit the Blueskyz.com registration website.   The registration fee is $175. 

ACPA Hosts Road Construction Delegation

Leif Wathne, ACPA, presents an overview of the association and concrete pavement industry. (Photo: Tanner Johnson, International Trade Administration.)

ACPA hosted a delegation of approximately 20 mid- to senior-level industry professionals from Eurasia, as part of the International Trade Administration’s Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program.  

The focus of the event was road construction, and the delegates–who were screened and selected by the Commerce Department–began their three-week tour in Washington, D.C., where they met with government agencies and associations.  

The group then moved to other cities across the United States (including a visit to ConExpo-Con/Agg) to meet with companies, local government agencies, and other industry representatives.

In Washington, D.C., ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., provided an overview of the association and insights into key issues ACPA is addressing in the marketplace.  This marks the fifth time ACPA has hosted the SABIT delegation since 2007.

The International Trade Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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