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New York Meeting Centers on Competition

A meeting last week between the ACPA New York State Chapter and the New York State DOT’s Region 4 gave the stakeholders an opportunity to share perspectives about an upcoming project on I-390. The meeting went beyond project specifics as it drew attention to the larger issues of process, competition, and value.

Seven NY State DOT officials met with Bill Cuerdon and Heather Steffek of the NY State Chapter, along with several ACPA members and Leif Wathne, representing ACPA National.  ACPA members participating in the meeting included Frank Surianello, P.E., Surianello General Concrete Contractors, Inc.; Jeff Borden, P.E., Cold Spring Construction Company; Ryan Forrestel, Cold Spring Construction; Ken King, LafargeHolcim; Mike Alfieri, Lehigh Hanson; and Jeff Jones, CRH Americas.

The concrete pavement industry reps asked the DOT officials to revisit pavement selection on the I-390 project from exits 8 through 12, which was slated for cracking & seating, followed by an asphalt overlay.

“We were concerned they were not getting good prices on either treatment since asphalt prices were very high and there was no competition,” Bill says.

Although much of the meeting focused on specific details related to both initial and life-cycle costs and determination of those costs, the larger issues were “the need for having healthy industries to create better competition and lower prices, as well as current OMB guidance to determine discount rates,” Leif says. Bill referenced MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub research regarding the value of a diverse pavement portfolio to ensure the best investment of public funds.

Following a suggestion by Frank Surianello, there was agreement that the concrete pavement industry should have “a seat at the table” when the DOT is evaluating pavement type selection.

There were also other ideas presented, including the possible use of reinforced unbonded concrete overlays, use of a design/build, focus on Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM), and other ideas aimed at increasing the quality and speed of construction.

Noting the serious constraints many DOTs are facing, Leif suggested reviewing and revisiting pavement-type selection from a programmatic view, rather than by a project-by-project basis to better ensure that both paving industries are participating in the agency’s paving program so that the cost savings realized from inter-industry competition actually materialize, in turn allowing agencies to achieve greater return on investment in their paving program.

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ACPA and CP Tech Center Extend Webinar Series

ACPA and the CP Tech Center have announced plans to continue the popular webinar series beyond the summer.

Close to 9,000 people have participated in our webinar program or viewed them online after the live event, so plans are underway to schedule webinars through the end of the year.

Here’s a look at the one-hour webinars scheduled for the next two webinars, scheduled for September 22 and October 20.  Both programs begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) / Noon (CDT):

  • September 22—The topic for this webinar will be Resiliency/Resilient Pavement Systems.  This webinar will explore how resilience relates to pavements. The webinar will also describe how owners and contractors recover from disasters and the important role road design plays in recovery. The webinar will cover the need for resilient pavements; defining resilience, and improving pavement resilience. Our presenters are Jim Mack, Director – Infrastructure Market Development, CEMEX (and Past-Chairman, ACPA), and Dr. Tom Van Dam, Principal, NCE.
  • October 20—The topic for our newest webinar is Concrete Roundabout Design & Construction. With the increasing popularity and use of roundabouts, which are used to keep traffic flowing and improve safety. The webinar will cover current best practices in concrete roundabout design and construction.

Additional webinars will be added soon. Click here to register for the upcoming webinars.

ACPA Announces Resilience Awareness Campaign

September is often associated with the start of tropical storms and hurricanes, so ACPA is launching a social media campaign to share the benefits of concrete paving in the context of resilience planning and preparation.

Concrete pavements perform significantly better than other paving solutions, so when storms or other disasters strike, there is minimal downtime, and often no repairs, when concrete pavements are used. This enables first responders, medical and other teams to access the impacted areas immediately instead of waiting for the road to be repaired.

“You might ask yourself, ‘How can I help with this campaign?’” says Scott Mueller. “The best way to help ACPA is to comment on the post, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter, encourage your brethren to do the same. When we create momentum in social media, it helps strengthen our brand, which strengthens ACPA, which creates more business opportunities for our members.”

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Photo shows a view of US 10 in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  No repairs were needed to the pavement.

ACPA and CP Tech Center Extend Webinar Series

ACPA and the CP Tech Center have announced plans to continue the popular webinar series beyond the summer.

Close to 9,000 people have participated in our webinar program or viewed them online after the live event, so plans are underway to schedule webinars through the end of the year.

Here’s a look at the one-hour webinars scheduled for the next two webinars, scheduled for September 22 and October 20.  Both programs begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) / Noon (CDT):

  • September 22—The topic for this webinar will be Resiliency/Resilient Pavement Systems.  This webinar will explore how resilience relates to pavements. The webinar will also describe how owners and contractors recover from disasters and the important role road design plays in recovery. The webinar will cover the need for resilient pavements; defining resilience, and improving pavement resilience. Our presenters are Jim Mack, Director – Infrastructure Market Development, CEMEX (and Past-Chairman, ACPA), and Dr. Tom Van Dam, Principal, NCE.
  • October 20—The topic for our newest webinar is Concrete Roundabout Design & Construction. With the increasing popularity and use of roundabouts, which are used to keep traffic flowing and improve safety. The webinar will cover current best practices in concrete roundabout design and construction.

Additional webinars will be added soon. Click here to register for the upcoming webinars.

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