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Perspectives on Recycled Concrete Aggregates

ACPA has released a new two-page document covering recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) and their use within new pavement structures. The document is part of the Association’s ‘Perspectives’ series, which inform the concrete pavement community about policies, practices and positions on key topics.

Eric Ferrebee developed the document to provide insights into what is now a standard and essential practice by the concrete pavement industry because of RCA’s numerous sustainability (economic, environmental and societal) benefits.

The two-page document explains RCA has been used successfully, is supported by the FHWA, and is specified in paving concrete pavement applications in over 40 states across the country.

The document also conveys both the primary application (for base/subbase layers), as well as secondary applications. Click here to download a copy of the document, which is included in ACPA’s ‘Perspectives’ library.

Update: COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has added additional resources to our COVID-19 resource center and streamlined the listings for easier navigation.

We also organized new and existing  resources into four categories:

  • ACPA Resources,
  • ACPA News Briefs,
  • Business & Economic Resources, and
  • Health & Human Safety Resources

Please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. To suggest additional resources, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

Support Grows for Infrastructure Funding

President Donald J. Trump and Congressional leaders have expressed strong support infrastructure investment as part of the proposed phase 4 emergency relief funding from the federal government.

In an evening post Tuesday on Twitter, the President wrote: “With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill. It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-1),  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also have expressed support for infrastructure investment.

Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) also tweeted Tuesday night, “In the Senate, we have a bipartisan bill that will invest billions in America’s highways and is ready to go. Our bill will cut red tape so projects can get done better, faster, cheaper, and smarter.”

Speaker Pelosi held a call yesterday with reporters (and industry officials, including Jerry Voigt) and outlined proposed funding for a phase 4 economic rescue package, which would include infrastructure construction, drinking water, energy and broadband Internet. House T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) expressed support for the President’s proposal and disappointment with Republican Senate and House leaders, who have suggested waiting to see what the CARES Act, signed into law last Friday.

“Rebuilding puts people and workers first,” Chairman DeFazio says. “We have to have a better system for the future. We need to be prepared for the next major threat – climate change. If we are going to rebuild, then let’s build it a way that is more resilient, with material that produces less carbon dioxide.”

Chairman DeFazio also comments, “We need to keep the construction workers going…don’t slow down the payroll.” He cites green transportation construction options, including concrete, reducing the footprint with new mixes, etc.

Speaker Pelosi says that although the CARES Act (signed into law last week) includes $25B for transportation, there is a need for more funding. “This is a bill that is a long time in coming,” she says, adding this is a bill “for the people.”  She also says the Buy America provision will be included in the bill.

According to a report in THE HILL today, there is no broad agreement among Democrats what the infrastructure funding would be, “But the still-evolving legislation will build on a $760 billion infrastructure proposal unveiled by the Democrats in January.”

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ACPA Creates COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has developed a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic resource page to help association members’ and chapters manage the current pandemic crisis. The resource center includes a growing list of resources, as well as links to recent calls to action and video special reports.

The resource center also includes information from Federal government agencies and other organizations. These include the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and more. We encourage all members and affiliates to use the resource center and to share it with colleagues and others who may need this important and timely information.

To see and download resources, please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. If you know about additional resources not on our lists, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

Industry Rallies to Provide Remote Training

During a web conference among ACPA staff, affiliated chapters, and the CP Tech Center last Friday, the group agreed to provide web-based training for outreach and training to agencies, contractors, engineers and other industry representatives who may be under shelter-in-place orders.

The first such event will be a 90-minute webinar on concrete overlays presented by the CP Tech Center on Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. (CDT) | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EDT). The webinar is free of charge and will offer participants the option of earning 1.5 PDHs. Click here to register for the event. 

ACPA is also reviewing it’s library of past recorded webinars to offer as remote training. Look for additional topics to be announced soon. 

In the spirit of assisting the industry and public sector officials during these challenging times, Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University is also offering assistance in the form of recorded educational information which is available through YouTube.  Click here to see the full array of topics from Dr. Ley. 

 

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