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In Search of Gold

Fans of the History Channel’s popular show, “Lost Gold of World War II,” may have noticed a familiar face on episode 6, “Nazi Concrete,” which first aired on Tuesday, April 23.

Gerard Moulzolf, PG, Vice President and Petrographics Manager with American Engineering Testing*, was featured on the show.  In episode 6, the team sets out to prove whether a tunnel exists behind a rock formation believed to be a secret entrance into the mountain. Battling a typhoon and possible Nazi concrete, the team ultimately finds proof of a void 40-feet below.

Subscribers to the History Channel can click here to view episode 6 online.  Alternatively, check your local listings for encore presentations of this exciting episode. 

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Join the Discussion!

ACPA is encouraging members, chapter/states, and our technology partners to join the discussion on both the need and the urgency of investing in our nation’s surface transporation infrastructure, and in particular, highways and bridges.  ACPA has initiated a social media campaign in direct support of The Road Information Program (TRIP). 

We invite you to use these messages in your own social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).  Special thanks to Will Wilkins and Lisa Templeton at TRIP for supplying the reports and fact sheets ACPA staff used to create these messages.  Feel free to use the photos and the corresonding messages, or alternatively, customize the messages if you’d like. In our cust0mization of the messages, we’ve added “Now is the Time” to the graphics to emphasize the urgency and to tie into upcoming meetings and ongoing discussions in Washington, DC.

Last, but not least, for those of you familiar with social media, be sure to “tag” both ACPA and TRIP so we can keep the momentum going!  

  • ACPA – Twitter: @PaveConcrete | Facebook: @paveconcrete63  
  • TRIP –  Twitter: @TRIP_Inc

 

Investment messages (right click images to download).  Messages are paired with the image appearing directly below the lines of text.

#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the short time, investment in our highways and bridges creates well-paying jobs in #construction and related fields.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the long-term, investments enhance economic competitiveness & improve quality of life by reducing travel delays & transportation costs, improving access & mobility, improving safety, and sustaining job growth.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is #infrastructure investment so important? One reason is 72% of the $16.8 trillion of goods shipped in the U.S. is carried in trucks on #highways, says .@TRIP_Inc. An additional 14% travels by rail, water, #USPS or couriers, which use multiple modes, including highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway and Bridge Condition messages

Road conditions are another reason we need #infrastructure investment now. According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway accessibility was ranked the #1 one site selection factor in a 2017 survey of corporate executives by AREA DEVELOPMENT magazine. Labor costs & skilled labor availability (both impacted by site accessibility), were rated 2nd & 3rd, respectively, according to @TRIP_Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty-five percent of America’s major urban Interstates experience congestion during peak hours, acccording to .@TRIP_Inc . Traffic congestion costs American motorists $170 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Messages

Forty-five percent of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $131 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $616 per motorist, according to .@TRIP_Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 37,133 traffic fatalities in 2017 in the US, according to .@TRIP_Inc. Roadway features are likely a contributing factor in about 1/3 of traffic fatalities.  Between 2013 and 2017, 175,080 people died on U.S. highways. The time is now to #invest in our #infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crashes in which roadway design was likely a contributing factor cost U.S. motorists $102.4B/year year in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays workplace costs, insurance costs and legal costs, according to .@TRIP_Inc.  The time for #infrastructure #investment is now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, $100 million spent on highway safety improvements will save 145 lives over a 10-year period, according to .@TRIP_Inc. The time for #infrastructure #investment is now. 

 

MIT Research Project Advances

 

ACPA is encouraging members, chapters, and technology partners to participate in an MIT pilot research project that uses smartphone technology and crowdsourcing to assess and report road conditions.  MIT researchers have developed a method to assess road roughness properties using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle. This method can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption and other factors. 

ACPA is joining MIT in encouraging participation in the research project. To begin, download MIT’s CARBIN app, which is available in both the Apple Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones.  Please note: MIT will not collect your personnel information; the app “sees” each phone only as an anonymous, randomly assigned number that cannot be linked to any personal data. 

The next step is to activate the app by pressing “start” as you begin driving, then “end” at the end of your trip.  The data are then automatically sent to MIT for processing. Note: Please see special usage information below.*  

CARBIN will use your smartphone’s internal GPS and accelerometers to measure the road roughness as you drive your vehicle. The app will then convert the measurements to International Roughness Index (IRI) data, which are further calculated to show excess fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.  The data are mapped and visible on a special website, https://fixmyroad.us/, which shows road conditions and where repairs are needed. Currently, the view is only from data gathered around Boston, but as additional data are collected from across the country, the map will start to fill in.  In addition to viewing the results on the website, users eventually will be able to get personalized reports of IRI and excess fuel consumption on roads traveled.  

To learn more about the app, please view the video created from a recent MIT webinar, which previewed the app.  The video can be viewed at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfrVlUnyWoM&feature=youtu.be or in ACPA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConcretePavements.  Much of the webinar covers the underlying technology of the app, so to watch specific information about CARBIN, skip to time marker 19:10 and start from there.

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For the CARBIN app to work properly, there are a couple of things to know.  First, the screen of phone always needs to be on. If the screen turns off, turn it back on to allow the CARBIN App to start collecting data again. The second issue is that the phone either needs to be in a holder or on the floor. It cannot be loose on the dash because the phone can slide around and move, which will alter the readings.  Likewise, the phone cannot be placed on a seat, which would act as a secondary suspension system because of the cushioning.  This could mask or hide the bumps/road roughness.

Finalize Your Plans for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

The final registration deadline for  the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting is rapidly approaching, so ACPA staff is urging members and others to complete hotel and event registration soon. Discounted hotel rooms are still available at the special rate of $195/night, but are expected to sell out before the Monday, May 13, deadline. 

The setting for our meeting is the Hyatt Place in the Charleston, SC, historic district, which offers exceptional dining, nightlife, and of course, historic sites to see.  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.

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

 

Democratic Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure with President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure, according to a story in POLITICO this morning.  

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., the story reported, citing a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi is said to have requested the meeting during a phone conversation with the President on April 4.  

The transportation-construction industry, along with many others, will be eager to learn the outcome of the meeting, which if newsworthy, will be reported to ACPA members. Also today, ACPA and other transportation-construction industry leaders are particularly active on social media, calling for infrastructure investment and underscoring the urgent need to focus on highways, bridges and other surface transportation infrastructure. 

Click here to read the full story by POLITICO.

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Photo credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo for POLITICO.

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