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ACPA Adds New Resources to COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has added additional resources to our COVID-19 resource center.

Additions include the latest “ACPA 3 Minutes on Monday” special report, along with a video on the prevention of COVID-19 and other pathogens in construction workzones. We’ve also added several new public policy and human health & safety resources, including updates (with the dates of the updates noted).

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RoadBotics Offers Web-Based Training

RoadBotics, an ACPA member, has launched an instructional and informational series called, “Remote with RoadBotics.” The series is comprised of web-based presentations and discussions that cover a wide range of topics for civil engineers and public works professionals. 

“COVID-19 presents immense challenges to both our work and personal lives. In the midst of these difficult times, we see a chance to build community and discover new ideas among our network of local government officials, public works professionals, civil engineers, and govtech enthusiasts,” says Ryan Gayman, RoadBotics’ VP of Growth. “We invite everyone who cares deeply about our world’s infrastructure to join us and add their voice to one of the many upcoming conversations.”

Upcoming web events, dates and times include:

  • Benefits and Unique Use Cases for Objective Road Assessments – Wed., April 15, 2 p.m. (EDT)
  • First 5 Miles Free – Thurs., April 16, 2 p.m. (EDT)
  • RoadBotics Live Demo – Tuesday, April 21, 2 p.m. (EDT)

New topics and discussions are added regularly. For more information and to register for the events, visit Roadbotics’ web events page.

RoadBotics automates inspections and generate actionable data about road networks. 

Association Leaders Discuss Pressing Issues

The CEOs of the five leading transportation construction materials trade associations met by conference call yesterday to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the surface transportation construction industry.

Jerry Voigt of ACPA; Audrey Copeland of NAPA; Mike Philips of NRMCA; Mike Johnson of NSSGA; and Mike Ireland of PCA discussed key priorities, with COVID-19 responses and economic impacts being the focal points. 

The CEOs expressed some optimism regarding relief funding. This optimism is based, in part, on an AASHTO request to Congressional leaders to enact a six-year, $800+ billion surface transportation reauthorization bill to “finally put us on the path to eliminate [the] longstanding investment backlog by the end of this decade while meeting arising asset condition and performance needs to support and sustain our multiyear economic recovery and growth.” AASHTO also presented an almost $50 billion “backstop” funding request to replace lost state revenues and for use to avoid disruptions in transportation systems.

On the subject of relief funding for surface transportation construction, the discussion centered on ensuring construction remains an “essential” activity and continuing this advocacy effort with state governors. A second key point is to advocate for transportation construction as an important element of economic recovery. The CEOs discussed key points in the area of stimulus, including:

  • Appropriate and respectful timing of advocacy efforts in relation to the many other pressing issues of the pandemic.
  • Securing the requisite federal funding to jump start the economy and address critical needs.
  • Removing the state match for a period of time to address lost state gas tax revenue and other tax revenue that supports state transportation funding.
  • Allowing states more flexibility to out-source design and have fewer permitting hurdles for highway projects so they can push out jobs and get people to work.
  • Safety for the men, women and companies working in the field and at manufacturing plants. “With regard to roadway paving, we need our state and federal partners to understand we are going to have added costs associated with ‘social distancing’ while continuing to deliver our work, Jerry says. 

The associations each have been working to address health & human safety issues for the industry and their respective organizations. This involves factoring the challenges contractors, cement and ready mixed concrete producers, mining companies and other members are facing with ensuring the safety and health of their employees in the workplace.

The CEOs also agreed that during the pandemic crisis and associated economic impact period, the industry should set aside certain lobbying efforts at both the national and local level.

The CEOs agreed to continue discussions, with the next conference call set for two weeks. 

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 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.

* 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.

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