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Airport Expands Tarmac with Concrete Pavement

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, NC, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the expansion and completion of improvements to the airport apron, says Greg Dean, Executive Director of the Carolinas Concrete Pavement Association.

Construction of the $5.5 million apron expansion  project began back in October and was completed last week.  Andrew Shorter, Airport Director, in an interview with WITN-TV news, says, “By expanding this, we’ve added about 50%.

“We went from about 4 acres of tarmac to 6 acres of tarmac and while we did that, we changed it from asphalt to concrete, which is capable of handling heavier and larger airplanes,” he adds.

Along with Greg, Steve Swan, of Summers Concrete Construction (the paving contractor) and other officials were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Click here to see the complete news report.


ACPA Presents Concrete Benefits to County Officials

ACPA chapters had the opportunity to discuss the features and benefits of concrete pavements with county officials this week during the National Association of County Engineers’ Annual Meeting/Management and Technical Conference. 

Held in Wichita, KS, the annual event is a prime opportunity to meet with county officials responsible for infrastructure policy administration, funding and construction.  Discussion topics included concrete overlays and, the cement and concrete industries concrete pavement thickness design platform.

Todd LaTorella and Ken Liescheidt of the Missouri-Kansas Chapter and Alan Meadors Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter represent ACPA for the two days of the exhibitor program, one of the highlights of the annual meeting and conference. 

FHWA Takes Aim at Workforce Challenges

The Federal Highway Administration is working to address workforce shortages and other challenges. In December, the Office of Innovative Program Delivery completed the evaluation phase of the two-year Highway Construction Workforce Pilot program, according to Tom Deitering, FHWA Project Delivery Team Leader.

The pilot program, involving AGC, ARTBA, AASHTO and the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, is now transitioning to the Highway Construction Workforce Partnership (HWCP).

With the evolution of the program, the FHWA has released a HCWP Playbook which provides a concise set of approaches or plays to help States, Tribal transportation authorities and local areas form partnerships to help fill highway construction jobs.

The playbook includes best practices for organizing state, local, or tribal stakeholders; success stories from multiple pilot locations; complete, and “game-ready” programs that can be implemented immediately. The resource also includes observations about issues others have faced in identifying, training and placing workers in highway construction jobs. The resources also include a web resources (including a main website at and other support activity.


NCE to Open Las Vegas Office

NCE, an ACPA member, announced it has opened a southern Nevada office in Las Vegas.  Tom Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E.,  is the Principal managing the office.  Michael Dunning, Ph.D., P.E., also will be serving clients as an Associate.

Established as Nichols Consulting Engineers, Chtd. in 1990, NCE is a client-focused consulting engineering, planning, environmental, and construction services firm that specializes in the innovative design and construction of infrastructure. NCE provides services to a wide variety of government agencies, municipalities, institutions, and developers.

Ohio to Host Next SPS-2 Tech Day Event

The next SPS-2 Tech Day in the 2019 series will be held on Thursday, May 22, in Delaware, OH.  There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required.

Mark Pardi, ACPA Ohio Chapter Representative, is the primary point of contact, so please contact him as soon as possible if you would like to attend.  Mark can be reached at  614.891.0210 or 

Click here for a flyer with details about the event, including registration information.  To see presentations from prior events, please visit our dedicated page for the 2019 SPS-2 program.  

The Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States.  To read more about this important study, please click here. Also, click here to see our complete SPS-2 Resource Center.  

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