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Highway Materials Group Urges Congressional Leaders to Take Action

In a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi earlier this month, the Highway Materials Group (HMG)* urged the Congressional leaders to take action by leading their colleagues in Congress to act now to fund America’s surface transportation infrastructure.  

ACPA is a founding member of the HMG, which also articulated in the letter four principles for Federal-aid surface transportation reauthorization.   These include:  

  • America’s Economic Prosperity/Global Competitiveness – America’s economic vitality depends on an

    Letter from the Highway Materials Group urges Congressional leaders to act now on highway funding.

    integrated national, intermodal surface transportation network that moves goods and people to maximize global competitiveness, quality of life, and economic prosperity for all citizens. Unfortunately, the investments needed to maintain and expand the highway system have been inadequate. As a result, America is ill-prepared to meet the competitive demands of the global economy.
  • Constitutional Responsibility – Maintaining a vital, national infrastructure has been a federal responsibility since the founding of the Republic. Congress is tasked with establishing “post roads,” pre-cursors of today’s national highway system, and regulating commerce among the states and with other nations. Commerce is the lifeblood of our nation’s economy, and America’s transportation infrastructure is its circulatory system. This network of roads and transportation structures – built by Americans employed in well-paying jobs that cannot be exported – is essential for the economic growth, safety, security, freedom of mobility, and quality of life benefiting every American. We oppose efforts to transfer this responsibility to the states as an unfunded federal mandate.
  • User-fee based – In order to overcome the highway funding gap, we support the adoption of any user-fee based funding options and innovative finance tools to provide federal and state transportation departments with the funding they need to make critical investments in our transportation infrastructure.
  • Timeliness/Long-term authorization – The longer Congress delays in making the investments necessary to our highways, roads and bridges, the more difficult and expensive it will be for our nation to finance this critical and necessary endeavor. At a time when cost is paramount, Congress must act now. Timely enactment of a six-year authorization bill is critical for state transportation departments to plan and budget for projects and for our industry to make critical business decisions.

Click  here to see the letter and here to see other legislative news and updates from ACPA.


* The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Associated Equipment Distributors, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, and the Portland Cement Association.

ACPA at World of Concrete

ACPA had a commanding presence at World of Concrete, Las Vegas, earlier this month.   ACPA Chairman Mike Lipps (Duit Construction Co., Inc.), as well as Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport (ACPA), Larry Scofield (IGGA/ACPA), and Steve Davis (Georgia Concrete Paving Association) were all on hand to discuss key issues and answer technical questions from more than 150 visitors and other guests who stopped by the ACPA/IGGA shared booth space.

ACPA also held a successful press conference to announce the new Wikipave application, as well as two new courses in the ACPA e-learning portal, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.  For details, be sure to see the related stories below.



ACPA On the Grade

This is a peak season for meetings, trade shows, conferences, and other industry events.   Here’s a snapshot view of where ACPA staff has participated in these events, as well as a preview of their participation in upcoming events. 

Iowa –  Leif Wathne presented an ACPA update at the contractor member meeting, and an opening general session at the workshop on the latest concrete pavement technologies and the future of concrete paving. … Eric Ferrebee presented on Concrete Pavement Joint Layout.  

Illinois – (Rosemont) ACPA’s Business Model Group will meet at ACPA headquarters next week…Jerry Voigt and Andy Gieraltowski will participate in this meeting, which will be led by ACPA Chairman Mike Lipps.

Indiana –  Eric Ferrebee will present on roundabout design and construction at the February 27 workshop.

Minnesota – Jerry Voigt will be presenting “National Industry Perspectives” at the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota’s 54th Annual Concrete Paving Workshop, scheduled for March 12 and 13  in Breezy Point, Minn.

Missouri –  Jerry Voigt will be presenting remarks at the Missouri/Kansas Chapter annual meeting on March 3….He also will be presenting the ACPA Lifetime Pavement Recognition Award during the 35th Annual PCC Pavement Conference, which is scheduled for March 3 through 5 …Eric Ferrebee presented proper jointing procedures at the recent Concrete Council’s Municipal Pavements Seminar in St. Louis…Ferebee also will present on concrete overlays at the Missouri Concrete Conference at Missouri University, in Rolla, on April 1. 

North Dakota – Gary Mitchell participated in an Airfield Pavement workshop with the North Dakota Chapter.

Nova Scotia –  Leif Wathne presents at the Concrete Overlay Workshop, cosponsored by National Concrete Pavement Association and the Cement Association of Canada on March 5th.   The event will be held in Enfield, NS, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (AST). 

Oklahoma – Leif Wathne presents an ACPA update and an update on competition at the March 23-24 Oklahoma workshop.  

Pennsylvania –  Jerry Voigt participates in the ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter’s Strategic Board Meeting in Harrisburg today… He also will present at the Pennsylvania Concrete Conference before heading to Washington, D.C., for meetings.

Washington, D.C. – Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne, along with Jim Duit, President of Duit Construction Co., Inc. (and 2001 ACPA Chairman) will be meeting with the Federal Highway Administration (including Acting Administrator Nadeau) regarding the AID-PT program…ACPA also will be participating in a Capitol Hill briefing, along with the National Asphalt Pavement Association.  The aim is to educate staff of both the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee  and the House Transportation & Infrastructure staff about the AID-PT program, including its successes and impacts.

West Virginia – Leif Wathne participates in the Feb. 18 Mid Atlantic strategic planning meeting.

Wisconsin – Jerry Voigt  participated in the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association workshop last week…Gary Mitchell spoke about airfield pavement smoothness, specification changes, jointing, optimized mixtures, and other topics at the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics Airport Engineer Workshop in Madison.


Feb2015-calendaricon Reminder! Check ACPA’s web calendar for information about upcoming workshops, meetings, conferences, and other events.

Wathne Named Executive Vice President

Leif Wathne, P.E., has been promoted to executive vice president, effective February 2015.   In this new position, Wathne will take on greater responsibilities across the Association and particularly with agency customers, according to Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., ACPA President & CEO.

Leif Wathne named ACPA Executive Vice President.

Leif Wathne named ACPA Executive Vice President.

“This promotion reflects the member confidence and positive results Leif has achieved during his 10 years with ACPA, including the successful implementation of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) Program,” Voigt said.  Voigt said this move also is result of ACPA’s recent strategic planning and business outlook for this year through 2017.

“Our plan underscores the importance of meeting the needs of association members, affiliated Chapter/State paving associations, and agency customers” he said, adding, “Leif Wathne has proven himself to be an excellent communicator and leader, and this role will allow him to concentrate on developing and implementing plans and ongoing activities with our agency  customers and others in the public sector.  “At the same time, the change will allow me to concentrate on developing and implementing new plans involving our members, prospective members, and affiliates,” he said.  

Wathne previously served as Vice President – Highways and Federal Affairs with ACPA, a position he held since 2009.   He joined ACPA in May 2005 as Director of Highways.

Chapter Names Folkestad Executive Director

Angela Folkestad joins Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA as Executive Director.

Angela Folkestad joins Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA as Executive Director.

Angela Folkestad, P.E., will join the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA as Executive Director, effective March 1, according to an announcement by Joe Finnegan,  GCC of America (Chapter President), and Greg Scott, Interstate Highway Construction (Chapter Vice President).

Folkestad has nearly 18 years of engineering experience, 11 of which have been spent in the aviation engineering field. She comes to the chapter from Jviation, and prior to that, was with Burgess, as well as Carter & Burgess (and later, Jacobs, which acquired the firm in 2007).

She brings an extensive background and history with pavement materials, and a solid working relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration. Folkestad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered professional engineer.  Additionally, She has in-depth knowledge of the best practices and design for pavement construction, as well as promotion and advocacy through her involvement with the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, where she worked closely with and under the direction of Ron Youngman, P.E., the Chapter’s outgoing Executive Director.

With Youngman’s support and guidance, the Chapter plans to transition the responsibility of running the Chapter to Folkestad during the month of March.   The Chapter’s leadership credited Youngman for dedicating 28 years to the concrete pavement industry and to the association’s membership. 

“This is an exciting new chapter in the future of our association,” they stated in a letter to members.  They also invite well-wishers to welcome and offer support to Folkestad, while also expressing best wishes to Youngman.

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