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Excellence Award Submittals Due Soon



The deadline for submitting project details and photos for the 27th annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award” program is rapidly approaching.

Projects must be submitted to ACPA on or prior to the close of business on Friday, July 15.   ACPA is encouraging those interested in submitting a project for award consideration to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements online.    All submittals must be for projects completed in the calendar year 2015.

There is some good news for many members who already submitted a 2015 project for a Chapter/State awards program, using the ACPA online system.  If the project won locally, the submittal will automatically be entered into our system for the National program.  Even so, the project may be edited up until the deadline.

ACPA will formally recognize award winners at the ACPA 53rd Annual Meeting Awards Banquet on the evening of Thursday, December 1st. The banquet will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas.

About the paving awards program

Each year for the past quarter century, the ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards have honored quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in every concrete pavement project and serves as a forum for sharing information about highly successful projects.

The awards program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers, and owners with a level of prestige that can help with the development of future projects.

ACPA Offers Comments on Transportation R&D Strategic Plan


ACPA has offered comments in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation request for information concerning the development of a five-year transportation research, development, and technology (RD&T) plan.

Key recommendations by ACPA include:

  • Responding to a question about research strategies and priorities, ACPA commented it’s important to focus a significant portion of RD&T efforts on ways to get the most from investment in roadway transportation infrastructure, specifically stewardship and economics; durability and longevity; and life cycle sustainability.
  • Responding to a question about emerging challenges or opportunities warranting additional RD&T efforts, ACPA said one of the main challenges is resource constraints. Using available resources as efficiently as possible can help, and ACPA added that free market dynamics can spur competition between paving industries.  ACPA also cited the need for performance measurement and asset management, noting that one approach that may improve network operational efficiency is the use of the FHWA’s remaining service interval (RSI) as the indicator to pavement performance. The Association also said longer life pavements will benefit public agencies by reducing expenditures and the motoring public by reducing user costs.
  • Responding to a question about current and planned activities that should be continued or revised, ACPA responded that RD&T efforts in the areas of long-life pavement performance; performance engineered concrete mixes; sustainable pavements and life cycle assessment; and concrete overlay implementation for long-life and for sustainable resurfacing should continue.
  • Regarding how the U.S. DOT can best coordinate RD&T activities with public and private stakeholders (including institutions and international partners), ACPA cited cooperative agreements with non-profit industry groups and university technology centers (e.g., the CP Tech Center).   ACPA also cited sponsorship of national, regional, and international conferences; international scan tours; and continued support of pooled-fund efforts, such as the National Concrete Consortium.   ACPA also encouraged the continuation of support for demonstration projects and open houses, as well as engaging with industry through participation in industry meetings and joint industry/agency task groups.

To see the complete recommendations, please follow this link.

The recently enacted FAST Act requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop the plan to guide future Federal transportation R&D activities.   The FAST Act requires the R&D to be focused on improving mobility of people and goods; reducing congestion; promoting safety; improving durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure; preserving the environment; and preserving the existing transportation system.


Workshop, Task Force Meetings Headline ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting is just over two weeks away.   With the meeting approaching rapidly, ACPA presents the following preview of the workshop and task force meetings planned for June 21st and 22nd. 

The meeting begins with the Asset Management Workshop and Task Force Meeting, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, June 21st.  As a reminder, the first part of the workshop (from 10 a.m. to noon), will include several Department of Transportation and other agency officials presenting an overview on Pavement Management Systems (PMS). During the afternoon portion (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), the following topics will be covered: 3D Automated Data Collection Systems, Processes for Developing PMS Models/Performance Curves for State Agencies, Analysis Types, and Survey Results of State Practices.

Here’s a snapshot of the scheduled Task Force meetings:

  • (Tues., June 21, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.) ACPA Asset Management Task Force – The inaugural task force meeting will focus on defining task force objectives, discussing future deliverables, and assigning work tasks.
  • (Tues., June 21, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.) ACPA Airport Task Force– Among the discussion topics will be an update on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) CQC manager language and Federal Aviation Administration and USACE specification issues.
  • (Wed., June 22, 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.) ACPA Pavement Design Task Force – Topics will include the proposed “goPave” Unified Design Software concept.   The meeting also will include presentations on understanding Pavement ME models and flooded pavement research.
  • (Wed., June 22, 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.) ACPA Roller Compacted Concrete Task Force – Among the discussion topics are the ACPA RCC Commendation program, proposed education & training events at World of Concrete, RCC Overlay testing under the ALF at FHWA, and RCC Rehabilitation and Repair.
  • (Wed., June 22, 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.) ACPA Smoothness Task Force– Discussion topics will include smoothness administration issues in Colorado and California, an update on the Colorado Smoothness Study, an Everyday Counts Proposal on ProVAL, an NCHRP study update on urban smoothness measurement, and a review of local road smoothness, and a review of the smoothness issues paper. 
  • (Wed., June 22, 10:15 am – Noon) ACPA Jointing Task Force Agenda – Following a technical presentation on an innovative joint system, the group will also hear an update from the Seal/No Seal Group. Other topics include:  a final review and discussion of the ACPA Dowel Alignment Guide Spec, a report on the NC2 Universal Dowel Specification Development, an update on the guide for double-diamond interchanges and complex joint layouts, an update on the ACPA jointing tech brief, and more.
  • (Wed., June 22, 10:15 am – Noon) ACPA Legislative Issues Task Force Agenda – Discussion topics will include a legislative briefing from PCA staff, discussion about the ACPA PAC, discussion about the future of highway funding, and FAA authorization.

Following the Task Force meetings, the Strategic Advisory Committee will meet from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   The meeting will include updates by the CP Tech Center, the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, and the RPG and Chapter/State funding status.   The GoPave unified design software also will be discussed.   Task force summaries will be presented, followed by discussions on Competition and Federal Highway Policy (by Edward Kussy, Nossaman, LLP).   ACPA staff will provide an update on ACPA’s position and related activities related to the OSHA Silica Rule.  There also will be a brief overview of the upcoming Visioning Session for Concrete Pavements.

Complete information, including details, schedules, and hotel registration information are available online at:

Open House to Highlight Durability of Thin Concrete Overlays

Placed in 1996, this test section helped set the Colorado DOT's current thin concrete overlay standards.

Placed in 1996, this test section helped set the Colorado DOT’s current thin concrete overlay standards.

The Colorado/Wyoming Chapter is hosting an open house on Monday, June 6th.   The event will allow visitors to review a 20-year-old test section, which helped set the Colorado DOT’s current thin concrete overlay standards.

The open house will be held from 10:30 a.m. to Noon (MDT) at Hwy 119 and Zlaten Drive in Longmont, Colo.  Attendance is free of charge, but guests are asked to register online by following this link.  

Parking will be available on Hwy 119 or parking lots in the area.   Attendees are asked to bring a safety vest.  In addition to the opportunity to see this important test section, there will be a drawing for a $50 gift card toward the end of the event.

About the Project

This project originally evaluated multiple different thicknesses from 4.5 inches to 6.0 inches, along with multiple jointing plans. The road will be completely closed, which will allow access to this research test site.   In 2002, Highway 119 was carrying approximately 20,000 AADT and 8% trucks.


Celebrating Texas’ Oldest Concrete Pavement

Don Taubert (L) and Jan Prusinski (R) unveil the Texas Historical Commission marker detailing important facts about Belknap Place.

Don Taubert (L) and Jan Prusinski (R) unveil the Texas Historical Commission marker detailing important facts about Belknap Place.

The Monte Vista Historical Association (MVHA) and the Cement Council of Texas recently co-hosted a centennial celebration for Belknap Place, the oldest concrete street in Texas.  The event culminated with the unveiling of a Texas Historical Commission marker.

Belknap Place was paved in 1914 using a patented process called “Granitoid,” a two-lift system with coarse aggregate in the lower lift and hard granite aggregate in the surface course.  Located in the Monte Vista historic district of San Antonio, the street has served motorists well for more than a century, with some natural cracking, but little faulting or deterioration.


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About the event

The commemoration event began with a reception at the home of Richard and Leith Negley.  The concrete home, built in 1929, was originally the historic estate of Charles Baumberger Jr., former president of the Alamo Cement Company, according to Leith Negley, who also serves on the MVHA.  

The celebration continued the following morning on the grounds of the Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.  It attracted approximately 125 guests, including industry officials, local residents, volunteer leaders from the MVHA, political leaders, and others. 

From the cement and concrete industries, Don Taubert, Director of Promotion for Capitol Cement (ret.), joined with Cement Council of Texas staff, as well as representatives of the American Concrete Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and Portland Cement Association to commemorate the century of service and the placement of the historic marker.  In addition to the MVHA and Cement Council of Texas, sponsors included the PCA, Alamo/Buzzi Cement, CEMEX, Texas Lehigh Cement, Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association, Texas Concrete Pavement Association, and Ann Van Pelt, a past-president of the MVHA.   


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More about Belknap Place
The surface aggregate and high quality of cement imparts excellent wearing characteristics, according to Jan Prusinski, P.E., Executive Director of the Cement Council of Texas.  Key to this durability is a dark igneous trap rock, according to Bill Ciggelakis, P.E., Professional Service Industries, Inc.  He said the stone is slowly cooled lava that is trapped beneath the surface of the earth.  It was likely railed in from Knippa, Tex., located about 75 miles west of San Antonio.   Several area residents remarked that the street is not only valued because of its historic significance, but also because of its low-maintenance longevity, progressing from horse and buggy traffic, to Model-Ts, to modern trucks and buses.

Prusinski and Ciggelakis presented information about the concrete pavement, the construction methods, and the rise of the cement industry in San Antonio and Texas.  San Antonio itself is known as cement’s birthplace West of the Mississippi River, with the second oldest plant in the U.S.  Prusinski said.  Alamo’s original 1880 kiln and quarry still exist as the Japanese Tea Garden, part of San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park. The cement for the Belknap Place concrete came from Alamo’s second plant, built in 1908.  Its smokestacks now serve as the centerpiece of the Quarry Market, an upscale mixed use retail, residential and golf community.

The street was paved in 210 placements of 40 ft by 20 ft. sections, which then were then brushed and hand-scored in 4 in. x 9 in. pattern to create a brick pattern that provided a foothold for the calks (toes or heels) of horseshoes.

Attendees also were treated to entertainment by a barbershop quartet and swing dancers.  Antique vehicles that lined Belknap Place, as well as food trucks and a tour of the 100 year-old neighboring church, were also highlights of the event.  

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