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Bike Event Takes a Creative Turn

An annual cycling event in Colorado was twice as nice this year as the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter staff and members drew attention to concrete pavements along the route. 

With the help of Tim Hogan, a project manager with Castle Rock Construction Company, signs were placed along US 287 from Springfield to Lamar, CO, to draw positive attention to concrete pavements along the tour route.  Orange cones and tie bars helped keep the signs in place!  Scott Mueller of ACPA supplied the special “Count on Concrete” racing jerseys.

The Pedal The Plains (PTP) event is sponsored by The Denver Post and the State of Colorado. The event celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Eastern Plains of Colorado. PTP is a three-day tour that averages 50 to 80 miles per day.  The route is unique every year, highlighting different communities, based on requests for proposal and an internal selection process.

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Composite photo shows (L-R) Angela Folkestad, CO/WY Chapter Executive Director, stopping along the PTP tour route to take a photo, as well as a view of one of the signs to draw attention to concrete pavements along the route.

Airport Pavement Technology Program Advances in Senate Approps Bill

The Airfield Pavement Technology Program (Section 744 of the FAA bill) was fully funded at $6 million per year in the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, also referred to as the THUD bill.  The bill passed out of committee last week.  The specific language in the bill follows below: 

Airport Technology.—The Committee recommends $39,224,000 for Airport Technology Research. This funding level is $6,000,000 more than the budget request and $6,014,000 more than the fiscal year 2019 level. Of this amount, $6,000,000 is for the airfield pavement technology program authorized under section 744 of Public Law 115–254, of which $3,000,000 is for concrete pavement research and $3,000,000 is for asphalt pavement research.

Click here to see the complete report, including the section above, which appears on page 43.  ACPA is very pleased to see the $6 million “plus-up” of the Airport Technology Research amount.  The THUD bill is expected to go to pre-conference with the House THUD bill that passed earlier this year.  Look for further developments to be reported in a future issue of ACPA TODAY. 

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Make Plans Now for Golf

Calling all golfers! ACPA is asking anyone interested in playing golf during the upcoming Annual Meeting to select the golf option on the event registration section of the annual meeting website.  The pro shop has asked that we provide an estimated number of golfers by next Tuesday, October 1. 

Golf is planned to begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at the nearby English Turn Golf Club. Transportation will be provided to and from the course.

Please help us plan ahead by selecting the golf option, and if you haven’t made your hotel and event registration plans yet, now is the perfect time to register for the annual meeting.  This will ensure you reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott and provide us with accurate counts for planning luncheons, receptions and other details of the meeting. 

To take advantage of the discounted hotel room rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website

For event registration, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

ACPA Leads Plant Training

With support from members Duit Construction Co.* and RexCon,* ACPA presented plant manager training for Duit personnel last week. Personnel from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) audited and provided feedback on the course. 

The training is part of a specification requirement for a project at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.  The course last week allowed Duit to meet the specification requirements several months before alternate training was available.

John Privrat of Duit Construction praised the team efforts led by Gary Mitchell. “The team ‘knocked it out of the park,’ especially since we had to put this whole class together in less than a month,” John says. “Gary did a great job anchoring most of the presentations, and we also had several other quality speakers. The feedback I received from our people, and from USACE and the Air Force was overwhelmingly positive. We sure appreciate the support from ACPA and all of the work Gary put into this. As always he did an outstanding job.”

Privrat, who serves as the ACPA Airports Task Force vice chair, adds that he hopes this training module will be included in future airfield pavement specifications.

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* ACPA member companies.

Pennsylvania Chapter Drives Competition Message

Chuck Niederriter, Golden Triangle Construction (and past-Chairman of both the ACPA Board and the Pennsylvania Chapter Board) presented formal remarks before the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee last week.  The focus of the meeting was a discussion about the usage of concrete and asphalt pavement with PennDOT and Turnpike. 

From the outset of his comments, Chuck emphasized the importance of competition, noting that inter-industry competition saves money for taxpayers and highway users in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania Chapter President John Becker provided supporting remarks during the meeting. 

The full hearing can be viewed at: http://www.pahousegop.com/Video/Transportation.  The concrete pavement portion is in the video link marked ‘September 17th’ and appears between markers 40 to 85.  

In related news, some members of the Transportation Committee were among the industry members and other invited guests to participate in a reception on Monday of this week at the Federal Tap House in Harrisburg.  Chapter members had the opportunity to speak one-on-one about the concrete pavement industry, transportation funding and their individual company’s interests with Commonwealth legislators representing each  side of the aisle from both the House and Senate.  Leif Wathne of ACPA participated in the event on behalf of ACPA.

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