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ACPA, PCA Offer Policy Recommendations to T&I Leadership

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)  and the Portland Cement Association (PCA) penned a joint letter to the Leadership of the House Transportation Committee, reaffirming the associations’ interest in working closely with the Committee to advance legislation to make needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

The letter emphasized said, “An efficient and well-functioning transportation network is essential to meeting the needs of the 21st century, and for positioning the U.S. economy for robust growth.”

The letter also included specific recommendations to inform policy discussions regarding improving and restoring America’s infrastructure.  They included:  greater investment; investing wisely (with an emphasis on competition, life-cycle cost assesment and resilience); and the need for research and technology deployment.

The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

The program has resulted in funding and major initiatives being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

ACPA also led advocacy efforts for a similar research provision was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Sec. 744, “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.”

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Steffek Joins New York Chapter

Heather Steffek has joined the ACPA-New York State Chapter as Director of Operations.  “I started my career in the concrete industry as a union carpenter’s apprentice on concrete bridge and highway structures,” she says, adding, “I then tested concrete during college, and spent the following 10 years working for the Northeast Cement Shippers Association in various capacities.”

More recently, she served as a Market Manager for LafargeHolcim, an ACPA member, in Hudson, NY. At LafargeHolcim, her responsibilities included developing, maintaining, and strengthening customer relationships and protecting market share. She also forecasted and budgeted across customer portfolio within 90% accuracy.

At the PCA Northeast Region formerly the Northeast Cement Shippers’ Association, she served as Interim Executive Director, providing strong support to cement companies and collaborating on promotion, business continuity and government relations to further industry goals. She also was responsible for membership outreach, recruitment and retention and partnering with other organizations to advance the use of portland cement in roadways, ready mixed concrete, concrete masonry, precast/prestressed concrete, and other applications. Prior to that, she served as the organization’s Road Recycling Specialist, and in that role, promoted use of portland cement, working with key decision makers and influencers including the New York State DOT, engineers, township and county highway officials and contractors.  She also served the association in a marketing role, providing strong support in marketing, promotional, and communications. 

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York.  Her digital contact information is 518.527.1547 and

Jonas Joins Missouri/Kansas Chapter

Jesse A. Jonas, P.E., has joined the Missouri/Kansas Chapter as a Promotion Engineer.

Prior to joining the Chapter, he was a Business Unit Leader-Construction Services for Horner & Shifrin. He also served as Chief Materials Engineer with the Saint Louis County Dept. of Transportation & Public Works in Missouri. Prior to that, he was a Supervisor of Project Managers, also for the St Louis County DOT & Public Works.

Jesse also served as the Resident Engineer/Manager for the Missouri DOT (South & West St. Louis County). While with the DOT, he was part of the I-64 Design-Build Team. His professional experience with MoDOT also includes experience as a Construction Project Manager for the Fenton Project Office and St. Louis City Office.

Jesse is a licensed, registered professional engineer in Missouri, and is also a certified ADA coordinator. He also has served on a number of professional associations.  His contact information is: 7751 Carondelet Ave., Unit 805, St. Louis, MO 63105. Email: | 314.575.1586 (mobile).


Anticipation Builds for ACPA Meeting in June

Anticipation is building and registrations continue to climb as ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting approaches.  With only five weeks unitl the meeting, ACPA staff is reminding members and others to finalize hotel and event registrations as soon as possible.  

As reported previously, the setting for our meeting is the Hyatt Place in the Charleston, SC, historic district, which is widely known as a popular destination for business and leisure travel alike.  ACPA is advising those who still need hotel registrations that there are rooms available at the Hyatt Place, but standard rates apply.

Highlights of the meeting are shown by date below:

Tuesday, June 11

  • ACPA’s “Change Management Seminar” is both timely and important because we are approaching a different business climate in the concrete pavement industry. This seminar will provide insights into embracing technology advancements, changes in project requirements, new approaches, new people, new models, and new measures.
  • Our “VISION2040 Action Plan Forum,” is the next step in our VISION2040 initiative and is aimed at evolving from a vision to a tangible plan that will allow our industry to seize opportunities and address challenges now and for the future.
  • Next up is a reception at the Pour Taproom. There will be plenty of drinks, appetizers, lively conversations and fun with friends and colleagues.

Wednesday, June 12

  • The line-up includes task force and committee meetings, where we talk about current and emerging opportunities and issues.  We also provide updates on current programs and plans.  These meetings also give you the opportunity to shape our 2020 plans and programs.
  • After our meetings, it’ll be time to relax at our evening reception, which will be held at the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. This is the perfect backdrop to network, relax, and enjoy refreshments with members.

Please finalize your plans as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you at the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting!  For complete details, visit our Mid-Year Meeting event website.

* Our invitation-only Board Meeting and Emerging Leaders Group will meet on Thursday, June 13.


ACPA Encourages Members to Participate in TCC Fly-In

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Annual Fly-In will be held in conjunction with the ARTBA Federal Issues Program from Monday, May 13, through Wednesday, May 15, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  The hotel is located at 1000 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC.

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack of CEMEX, and Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, are planning to attend the fly-in ahead of next week’s ACPA Chapter meeting.

For those interested in participating, please click here to reserve hotel rooms and register for the event.  Click here for additional  details, including the program schedule.  For any questions regarding the conference please contact Ed Tarrant at

In related news, the TCC has unveiled a new website, which includes information about its mission, history, current advocacy initiatives, and more.  Click here to see the website. ACPA is a long-standing member of TCC, which includes 31 members.  

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