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Highlights of the TCC Fly-In, TRIP Meeting

Peter Deem (ACPA Past Chairman-2006 and Honorary Life Member) represented ACPA members at two recent advocacy events in Washington, D.C. 

Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In

Deem reported the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In last month was well attended … and had a consistent theme throughout.    “The speakers all emphasized that although we have a long-term, five-year highway bill, we do not have a sustainable funding mechanism to keep the highway trust fund solvent moving forward,” he said.  

“They emphasized the need to continue to urge Congress to identify, support and enact a sustainable source of funding,” he said, adding, “We cannot let up with our Congressional delegates.”

At the invitation of Leif Wathne on behalf of the Highway Materials Group, Jack Basso, Chairman of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance in Washington, D.C., spoke about vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) fees as a means of supporting transportation construction.   Basso said there is a concern among some that their movements would be tracked.  

He also said VMT- based revenue systems would likely be about 15% more costly to administer than the current motor-fuel (gas) tax because it would require the development of an entirely new system to administer it, and the points of collection would increase from about 850 (refineries and fuel distribution centers), to about 250 million (registered motor vehicles).  Even so, he added that the State of Oregon has taken the lead with VMT, and that Colorado has applied to be a pilot state. 

“We need to solve the funding issue or we could inadvertently destroy our surface transportation system and our commerce and economy with it,” Basso said.

The Road Information Program Meeting

At a meeting of The Road Information Program (TRIP), three speakers representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce nationally, regionally, and among municipal chamber offices, the message was the same as we heard during the fly-in, Deem said, adding,  that board members said we have to remain laser-focused on identifying and championing a sustainable revenue mechanism for our surface transportation system.  

TRIP has been successful with media work and outreach, Deem said.   The efforts have helped influence lawmakers, Deem said, and “we’ve seen increases in transportation-focused gas tax and sales tax increases in 29 states since 2013,   including in conservative states.”

Chapter/State Execs Meeting Highlights


ACPA-affiliated Chapter/States, along with ACPA staff and volunteer leaders gathered for the semi-annual Chapter/State Executives’ (CSEs’) meeting following the NC2 meeting in Columbus in late April. 

Greg Colvin, Executive Director of Ohio Concrete, welcomed participants to Ohio and thanked ACPA for its ongoing help and support, including with Ohio DOT pavement selection policies.

Steve Jackson, Cedar Valley Corp., LLC (2016 ACPA Chairman of the Board), Lori Tiefenthaler, Lehigh Hanson (1st Vice Chair), and Jim Mack, CEMEX (3rd Vice Chair) participated in the discussions.   Jackson provided an update on exciting developments at ACPA, including new members in the cement, contractor, and materials categories.  He also described new resources being developed, as well as progress ACPA has made with the military and Federal Aviation Administration.

ACPA’s Jerry Voigt also provided an overview of recent activities, including the historic concrete explorer, the chapter/state best practices guide, the Count on Concrete campaign, and other programs and projects.   ACPA’s Andy Gieraltowski provided an update on the unified pavement design software initiative (GoPave).

Discussion topics among the CSE’s included design/build and public/private partnerships (PPP’s), which present opportunities and challenges.  CSE’s also discussed the funding issues; the future of ACPA Chapter/States; asset management; maintenance of traffic; the Athena pavement Life-Cycle Assessment software; ACPA web-based training; FAA P-501 pavement specifications and other current and emerging promotion/technical topics.

The annual CSE meetings provide an on-going opportunity for state and regional paving association executives to discuss issues in common; identify support needs from ACPA national; and provide feedback on national and local issues.

ACPA Participates in NC2 Meeting


The National Concrete Consortium (NC2) met for 2-½ days in Columbus, Ohio, in late April.   ACPA’s Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne, and Eric Ferrebee participated in the meeting.   

In addition to presentations on projects across the country, state DOT attendees discussed priorities for future products plus plans for the national CP Road Map.

Just a few of the presentation topics included:

  • Performance-Engineered Concrete Mixtures by Gina Ahlstrom, FHWA; PRS Pavement Specifications by Richard Duval, FHWA, and an overview of the FHWA Mobile Concrete Lab by Mike Praul, FHWA.
  • A new bridge-deck curing material made from recycled paper, presented by Tyler Ley, Ph.D., P.E., Oklahoma State University.  
  • An update on internal curing for bridges to mitigate cracking and improve durability, presented by The Indiana DOT; Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Oregon State University; and the Illinois Tollway.
  • The latest results of accelerated load facility testing of roller compacted concrete by Tyson Rupnow, Ph.D., P.E., Louisiana DOTD’s Transportation Research Center.

Participants also had the opportunity to participate in a site visit to the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.   Currently under construction, it is Ohio’s tallest bridge.  It allows for future expansion with an additional lane in each direction, according to the “National Concrete Pavement Technology Center’s Resources” newsletter.

The CP Tech Center has gathered other meeting highlights online and has posted presentations from the meeting.

ACPA Participates in PCA Fly-In

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addresses the Portland Cement Association's 2016 DC Fly-In during a dinner at the Hays Adams Hotel in Washington Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addresses the PCA’s 2016 DC Fly-In during a dinner at the Hays Adams Hotel in Washington.

ACPA recently participated in the Portland Cement Association’s Washington, D.C. fly-in. ACPA’s Leif Wathne represented ACPA at the event.

During the two-day advocacy event, participants met with 50 Congressional offices, according to PCA. Participants addressed five major policy issues during those meeting, including FAA Authorization, the Water Resources Development Act, Ozone, Fly-Ash and the Waters of the United States Rule.

“The event was well organized and featured some excellent speakers,” Wathne said, noting that in addition to the formal program and visits to the Hill, an evening reception also offered the opportunity to meet informally with Members of Congress and legislative staff.

Sen. Bill Nelson places his hand in a   casting that recognizes him as a "cement champion" as PCA President/CEO Jim Toscas looks on.

Sen. Bill Nelson places his hand in a casting that recognizes him as a “cement champion” as PCA President/CEO Jim Toscas looks on.

U.S. Representatives Charlie Dent (R-Pa.-15), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.-10), and John Shimkus (R-Ill.-15) addressed the participants during the fly-in. Also, Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) attended the event.

Participants also heard from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe.

PCA also honored Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) with the 2016 Cement Champion Awards.

County Engineers Recognize ACPA

Bob Pipinich (third from left) accepts a 20-year recognition plaque from NACE.  (Photo courtesy of NACE.)

Bob Pipinich (third from left) accepts a 20-year recognition plaque from NACE. (Photo courtesy of NACE.)

The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) recently recognized ACPA recently for being a 20-year sponsor of the county engineers’ annual meeting and conference. 

Special thanks go to Bob Pipinich, Gary Merlino Construction Co. (and Chairman of the Northwest Chapter-ACPA) for accepting the recognition on behalf of ACPA.   ACPA was one of five corporate sponsors recognized at NACE’s 60th annual meeting.  

The 2016 NACE Annual Meeting and Management/Conference was held in Tacoma, Wash.

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