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Webinar: All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction

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All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction 

Friday, September 19, 2014 
Noon to 2:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PACIFIC) 

Eric Ferrebee, EIT, Technical Engineer, American Concrete Pavement Association

Proper design and construction of joints are critical to both the short- and long-term quality.   With that in mind, ACPA presents this comprehensive Meganar™ to provide essential information about the design and layout of joints, as well as recommended best practices in joint construction.

The first part of our program begins with basic details about the reasons to joint concrete pavements, as well as joint-spacing principles.   The Meganar also will cover the basics of saw cutting; proper curing; types of joints; and examples of joint locations.   The program also will cover dowel bar and tie bar considerations; specialty joints; and the basics of sealing or not sealing joints.

Next, the program will cover details for construction, including placing steel; locating and identifying dowel locations; joint forming; saw cutting, cleaning, and recommended practices for final preparation of joints (whether sealed or not sealed).   The course also will include details on proper header construction (formed or sawed), along with other pertinent information.

During and after our web-based program, ACPA will provide details about several web-based resources that can be used during the joint design/layout and construction processes.   ACPA also will provide brief details about a draft pavement dowel bar location & alignment specification.  (This topic will also be covered in greater depth later this year.)

PDH Credits
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 2.5 professional development hours (PDH’s) to those wishing to complete an optional “evidence of learning exam” following the webinar.   Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province.   ACPA strongly recommends checking these requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
To register online for this event, please follow this link:   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.

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ACPA Issues Statement in Response to Highway Funding Extension

(August 9, 2014) – The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) acknowledges the work and efforts of the President and Congress in taking action on the Highway Trust Fund and the extension of the current highway and public transportation programs.

The President has signed into law a short-term measure that will transfer nearly $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund and extend the HTF and extend the highway and transit programs from September 30 until May 31, 2015.  

Although this, the fifth and latest temporary trust fund “patch” in seven years comes as a relief to the transportation-construction industry, ACPA continues to emphasize the need for longer-term solutions to meet the needs of the nation’s federal-aid highway system. 

The actions of the President, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, staved off depletion of the Highway Trust Fund and allowed the programs to continue at current levels.  Failure to take action, particularly on the HTF, would have required the U.S. Transportation Department to cut to funding for highway construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects.  Failure to act also would have put 700,000 jobs at risk, according to the Administration. 

“Although this measure avoids drastic cuts that would have adversely affected our industry, state agencies/owners, and others in the transportation-construction community, we remain very concerned about finding long-term solutions to address the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) issue and the critical needs of our nation’s highways,” said Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., ACPA President & CEO.    “We urge Congress and the Administration to work on addressing the HTF situation, as well as to support long term legislation that allows companies to invest in the future and agencies to adequately plan for the current and future needs of our highways. 

“Along with our other partners in the Highway Materials Group, we remain committed to a six-year surface transportation authorization to stabilize and grow the Highway Trust Fund, as well as the four reauthorization principles that have been circulated to all Members of Congress.”  

These principles include:

  • Increased investments needed to maintain and expand the highway system essential to meet the competitive demands of the global economy;
  • Fulfillment of the Constitutional responsibility as provided in Article 1, Section 8 to “establish Post Offices and post Roads,” which are the precursor of the National Highway System;
  • Retention of the user-fee based system that ensures all users of the highway system contribute toward its construction, maintenance and rehabilitation; and,
  • No more delays, which only makes the investments necessary to highways, roads, and bridges, more difficult and expensive.  

Voigt explained that more than a decade’s worth of short-term legislation and temporary fixes to the Highway Trust Fund have impeded the ability of many state agencies and private companies to make capital investments, to plan ahead, and to invest in the technologies necessary to remain competitive in the marketplace.

“Although the industry and agencies have adapted to austere budgets and anemic funding levels, the familiar guidance of ‘doing more with less’ has meant stagnation, lingering high unemployment, and an overall weakening of the highway and heavy construction industry, not to mention weakening our infrastructure.   Agencies have been increasingly forced to cover up real problems, instead of fixing them properly.    This is analogous to putting a paint job on rotten wooden siding,” he says.

ACPA Adds Projects to National Overlay Explorer

overlayACPA has updated its National Concrete Overlay Explorer, a web-based resource that allows contractors, agencies, consultants, and others to view a growing number of concrete overlay projects throughout North America.

Seventeen projects were added, raising the total from 1,190 to 1,207 project.  The new projects were added by the Illinois Chapter-ACPA and Ohio Concrete Construction Association.   

This searchable database allows users to sort and view project details by overlay type, application, State/Province, thickness, year constructed, and project size.  Site visitors also can view joint-spacing details, reinforcement materials, as well as photos and other details about concrete  overlays.   To view the projects, follow this link:

ACPA Completes Video, Photo Work for Training Modules

ACPA has completed the field interviews, as well as other video and photographic work for its upcoming stockpile management and smooth concrete pavement construction courses.   The two courses are being developed by ACPA and sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.  

ACPA is grateful to the Chapter/State associations and contractors who assisted as we worked through scheduling, which was complicated by severe weather conditions this season.  

ACPA also appreciates the support of the owners, principals, and other staff of Martin-Marietta; Milestone Contractors LP; the Trierweiler Construction & Supply Co., Inc., and the Zignego Company, Inc. for their generous support and assistance with our efforts.  

Thanks also to Mike Byers, P.E. (Indiana Chapter-ACPA), and Kevin McMullen and  Heath Schopf, P.E. (Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association) for their assistance with logistics and their on-site support with this program.

ACPA to Exhibit at Public Works Event

Continuing the practice of interacting with top public works officials throughout North America, ACPA will again exhibit at the annual APWA Congress & Exhibition, scheduled for August 17 through 20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Ontario.

As has been the practice for several years, local Chapter/State affiliates will represent the ACPA network, not  only in the booth, but also through outreach efforts during the conference and show.  

Representing the concrete pavement industry will be Chapter/State Committee Chairman Rico Fung, P.Eng., LEED®AP; Sherry Sullivan, P.Eng., LEED®AP, both of the Cement Association of Canada; Todd LaTorella, P.E. (Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA), and John Cunningham (Iowa Concrete Paving Association).

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