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Associations Unite Around “Competition Paves“ Theme at AASHTO Meeting

ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA joined forces at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 100th annual meeting competition-badge newsletterin Charlotte last week to deliver key messages about the opportunities and benefits of competition in the highway paving marketplace.

The groups developed a “Competition Paves” theme for the shared exhibit space, which was organized under the banner of an industry alliance called the Alliance for Pavement Competition.  The goals of the group’s advocacy and outreach efforts are to communicate the benefits of competition in constructing, preserving, and rehabilitating the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.   

The Competition Paves booth, and its associated website ( demonstrate the enhanced cost-savings and improved value to agencies/owners, taxpayers, and the traveling public.   ACPA encourages members to visit the website, and click on the “read more” tab to view the presentation materials and other literature that support this effort.

ACPA Continues AID-PT Implementation

In the year ahead, arguably the most important goals of ACPA’s Legislative Issues Task Force (LITF) include the continued push for passage of a highway bill; a durable solution to the Highway Trust Fund issue; and the continuation of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technology (AID-PT) provision with the next highway authorization.

In addition, the LITF has been working on a number of key issues, including:

  • Performance measurement/ asset management rulemaking
  • Broadening LITF participation
  • Developing a strategy and plan for expanding the ACPA PAC (contributions and disbursements)

These topics, as well as other program and project details will be discussed at the next Legislative Issues Task Force meeting, scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, at ACPA’s 51st annual meeting.  The LITF is led by Chairman Peter Deem (ACPA Honorary Life Member); Vice Chairman Gerry Krozel (Prairie Materials); Staff Liaison Leif Wathne; and ACPA PAC treasurer Bill Davenport.

FHWA Sustainable Pavements Group on Track to Deliver Important Resource

ACPA’s Leif Wathne recently participated in the FHWA’s Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group (SP TWG), which met recently to discuss life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the LCA framework for highway project delivery.

Wathne noted that this was the eighth meeting of the SP TWG, whose major deliverable is a guide for sustainable pavements reference.   He said the guide is on track for publication in early 2015.

During the meeting, Wathne also provided an update and perspectives on environmental product declarations (EPD’s) and product category rules (PCR’s) as they pertain to the concrete pavement industry.  

ACPA Presents Competition Strategies to PCA Leadership

ACPA, along with other industry allies and the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) recently provided a program update to the Portland Cement Association’s Executive Committee.

The goal was to provide an update on ongoing work of the CS Hub, as well as strategies for implementation.   The CS Hub’s efforts are organized into two phases, the first being development of tangible research and models, and the second being continuation of research & modeling, as well as implementation of results by industry partners.

The presentation was championed by PCA Vice-Chairman Karl Watson, Jr. (CEMEX), who was on hand for the CS Hub Research Training event held August 27 in Rosemont, Ill. 

The group presentation was introduced by Julia Garbini, Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation.   Jeremy Gregory (MIT) provided an update on current and planned activities at the CSHub, and highlighted a number of recent implementation and communication efforts the CSHub has been engaged in with various local promotion groups and state agencies.  

Glenn Ochsenreiter of NRMCA, Jim Mack of CEMEX, and ACPA’s Leif Wathne made presentations focused primarily on competition.   Wathne emphasized how competition in the pavement marketplace can and should be viewed as an opportunity for highway agencies looking to extend the purchasing power of their highway dollar.  Ochsenreiter spoke about effecting policy changes in the streets & roads market, and Mack presented information about unifying the industry’s messaging, and a framework for implementation of CS Hub’s results and tools. 

Pavement Smoothness Task Force Update

The ACPA Smoothness Task Force is focused on smoothness specifications, guides to constructing smooth concrete pavements, and other recommended practices and quality initiatives.

During 2014, ACPA drew on the experience and expertise of the task force and other association members to develop the ‘best practices for smooth concrete pavement construction program.’  This is one of two learning management system modules sponsored by the FHWA and produced by the association.  (See related story, “ACPA Education & Training Highlights.”)

The task force and ACPA staff also completed preliminary background work to complete technical information and other details about constructing smooth concrete pavements for the ACPA wiki, scheduled to be launched in 2015.

Looking to the future, the task force will continue to generate improved consistency or reciprocity in smoothness specs across state lines in the highway market.  Also, in the airport market, ACPA is working to replace the current California Profilograph specification, which is being misused as a surrogate test for quality construction.  (See related story, “Airport Task Force Focuses on Specifications.”)

There are a number of additional initiatives underway.   Updates on these and other task force activities will be discussed at the next task force meeting, scheduled for 3 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, at ACPA’s 51st annual meeting.   The Smoothness Task Force is led by Chairman Dan Rozycki, The Transtec Group; Vice Chairman Steve Forrestel, Cold Springs Construction; and Staff Liaisons Jerry Voigt and Larry Scofield.

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