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Utah Team Receives Sustainable Practices Recognition Award 

IMG958610ACPA has presented its  Sustainable Practices Recognition Award to the Utah DOT Region 2; Geneva Rock Products, Inc., and Holcim (US) for their work on the Interstate-80 reconstruction project from Silver Creek Junction to Wanship, Utah. This award recognizes the leadership of these companies/organizations and the individuals involved in the project, specifically in the area of pavement sustainability.  The award also pays appropriate tribute to the teamwork and leadership in conceiving and executing the I-80 project.

This project is believed to be include the first ever partial depth reclamation of only 4 inches of existing asphalt with cement, as well as the first large scale paving project using Envirocore cement.  The combined efforts have resulted in the attainment of the “triple bottom-line” of societal, environmental, and economic factors. This project has made the Utah DOT and others in the concrete pavement industry more aware of what can be done in applying sustainable practices without impacting cost, schedule, or the traveling public.

The ACPA’s Sustainable Practices Recognition Award is a national award presented to an organization or team (owner and contractor) that demonstrates leadership by implementing sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental and economic factors.

Begun in 2010, the ACPA Sustainable Practices Recognition Award  is presented to an organization or team (owner and contractor) that demonstrates leadership by implementing sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental, and economic factors.

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Engbrecht Receives Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award 

DSC08950The 2015 ACPA Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award was presented to Larry Engbrecht, South Dakota Chapter – ACPA, for his professional approach and honorable, straightforward nature as Executive Director of the South

Dakota Chapter-ACPA. These qualities have built a trustful environment where the South Dakota DOT and industry partner together to find mutually beneficial solutions using concrete pavements. This has led to a stable market for concrete paving and the introduction of concrete overlays as a tool in the DOT’s toolbox.

The ACPA Outstanding Pavement Promotion Award has been awarded selectively since 1998.  It is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions through promotion efforts or programs to advance the awareness, specification, and/or placement of concrete pavements.   The recipient must be an employee of an ACPA member-company, ACPA national staff, or staff of a local chapter/state association affiliated with ACPA.

 

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Update on the Highway Bill Extension

November 4, 2015 –  As ACPA reported last week, the President signed another short term extension (H.R. 3819) into law after both Chambers passed the measure. 

The short-term extension provides an additional three weeks of funding for surface transportation programs and extends FHWA’s operating authority through November 20.  The extension does not include additional revenue to the Highway Trust Fund, which is estimated to have sufficient funding to continue normal agency operations and reimbursements to States throughout the extension period.

This week, the House has been busy preparing to bring the “long-term” highway bill to the floor, with the Rules committee establishing the framework under which amendments (numbering in the hundreds) will be considered (i.e. deciding which amendments will be considered and which will not). 

In very broad strokes, said ACPA Executive Vice President Leif G. Wathne, the House is going to debate what is billed as a six year highway bill, but with only three years of payfors (much of which is uncertain), and at flat spending levels (current levels plus inflation, essentially).    It is important to note that the ACPA-advocated AID-PT program is included in this House bill (and in the Senate bill), thanks in large part to the excellent work by our lobbyists and industry partners (including PCA and NAPA).

Although this is not the kind of well-funded, long-term highway bill we all are looking for and deserve, it is better than month-to-month uncertainty and extensions.  ACPA, in conjunction with our partners in the Highway Materials Group have been busy urging members of congress and leadership to pass a multiyear highway bill that can be signed into law before the current short-term extension expires in 16 days.  Click here to view a letter we sent to members of Congress on Monday.  

In that letter, we make the point that status quo funding levels for surface transportation are inadequate, and  that Federal-aid Highway Program investment levels should be based on improving pavement and bridge conditions and performance, and the best way to fund the program is with an increase in the excise motor fuels tax combined with annual indexing. 

We also make the point that flat funding levels does not provide the long term certainty required for adequate planning and cost efficient resource investment, although this multi-year highway bill is an improvement over the recent short-term extensions.  In the final analysis, it is our opinion that this legislation is an important step in resolving the funding dilemma that has been crippling recent efforts to invest properly in America’s highways, roads and bridges. 

In other words, it is a step in the right direction, but we are not done!

 

U.S. House Passes Multi-Year Highway Bill

November 5, 2011 –The House overwhelmingly passed the multi-year highway bill.  The final vote was 363 to 64. 

ACPA Executive Vice President Leif G. Wathne, P.E., notes that  the bill is a six year authorization with only three years of funding.   

Next, the bill moves to conference, where differences between the House and Senate passed versions will be reconciled.  House and Senate leadership are optimistic that they will be able to work through this process by the time the current extension expires on November 20th, but acknowledge that another short expansion may be necessary to button things up. 

As soon as we have a copy of the final House bill from the committee we will share it with you.   ACPA thanks members of the association’s Legislative Issues Task Force who reached out to Congress urging their support for this multi-year highway bill!

All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction Workshop Photos – p. 3

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Photos from ACPA's Jointing Design & Construction Workshop, October 2015.

Photos from ACPA’s Jointing Design & Construction Workshop, October 2015.

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Photos from ACPA's Joint Design & Construction Workshop, October 2015.

Photos from ACPA’s Joint Design & Construction Workshop, October 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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