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FHWA Concrete Clips: Internal Curing

The FHWA’s video, “Internal Curing,” describes this method of water curing concrete.  Unlike conventional curing that supplies water from the surface of concrete, internal curing provides the curing water from the porous aggregates that are mixed into the concrete mixture.

The 9-minute video explains how this curing methodology has evolved from bridge-deck paving applications to other concrete pavement types and applications. The video credits the Illinois Tollway as being one of the agencies leading the paradigm shift.

The video explains how prewetted, expanded lightweight aggregates and sand are used to provide hydration in the internal curing process. The video also illustrates how the water promotes more complete hydration of the concrete, noting that this method is particularly beneficial with low water-cementious ratio concrete mixtures.

The video also describes the method for measuring and controlling the moisture in the lightweight aggregates. It also describes how internal curing contributes to greater durability, less shrinkage and curling, tighter (better controlled) cracks and other benefits in concrete pavements. In the few years since this video was produced, the acceptance and use of internal curing has increased for bridge deck and some highway applications.

Click here to view the video. You can also view the video through ACPA’s YouTube channel at

ACPA Rapidly Mobilizes Advocacy Efforts

As federal and state government officials declared war on the pandemic sweeping the world, they moved quickly to isolate and contain the spread of the virus, introducing terms such as lockdowns, shelter-in-place and other terms that have are impacting personal mobility, business and industry and our whole way of life.

Starting last week, ACPA was assembling resources and launching a broad and comprehensive information and advocacy campaign to inform and influence public officials of the urgent need to classify infrastructure construction as an essential activity. This effort also was aimed  at informing members, customers and others that in spite of working remotely, ACPA national and chapter affiliates stand ready to serve association members and agencies and other customers.

“This was not about business as usual,” says Jerry Voigt. “It’s about continuing our business in the face of adversity during these very challenging times.”

In the ensuing hours and days ACPA, working in partnership with our NACA allies, launched a grass-roots advocacy effort to enlist the aid of members to join in the initiative to classify our business as essential. ACPA also produced and released the first in a series of video special reports aimed at informing members of our actions, and where appropriate, asking them to engage in calls to action.

ACPA, along with PCA, NRMCA, and NSSGA launched a second grass-roots effort today, urging industry representatives to send preformatted (or customized) letters to state governors. 

These are among ACPA’s highest priority activities that have the aim of supporting and advancing our industry through the current challenges.  As Jerry explains, ACPA has refocused priorities to address the current crisis situation, while also keeping our business moving ahead. It’s the right thing to do; we are fully committed to the effort; and we remain confident that a bright future lies ahead.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

ACPA Responds to FHWA Outreach

When the FHWA reached out to industry last week, officials were looking for input about things the agency could be doing to help reduce the impacts on our industry during these unprecedented times.

Leif Wathne responded with a request that FHWA issue guidance that designates highway construction workers as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” under the auspices of the directive by the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Click here to see the CISA directive.

“Maintaining the transportation construction sector is vital to our nation’s ability to continue delivering needed medical supplies, food and goods, clean water and energy to the American people as we address this pandemic,” he explains. “Collectively, hundreds of thousands of highway workers are already going to great lengths and following the recommended public health guidance to ensure the infrastructure needs of our country continue to be met. Shutting down their ability to do so will not only impact the economic viability of our member firms, but also the entire nation.” 

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Group Calls for Infrastructure Construction Exemption

ACPA and an ad hoc group of 23 trade associations* sent a letter to key federal and state government officials urging their support for considering infrastructure construction as an essential service.

Following a suggestion of the US Chamber of Commerce, the group encouraged the “federal government to recommend exemptions for ‘essential infrastructure’ that allows individuals to leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of  public works construction, airport operations, roads and highways, etc.”

The letter was sent Friday to President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Acting Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and all state governors. In making the request, the group cited and expressed appreciation for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

Also in support of the industries that build, design and maintain our nation’s infrastructure, the group cited those who “provide the essential labor, materials, and support for the construction industry through roadway safety devices and equipment distribution and maintenance.”

The letter continued with a statement that “(p)ublic works construction, roads and highways, transportation infrastructure, and the materials used for these projects are critical to our nation’s ability to deliver medical supplies and services, food and goods, and clean water and energy to the American people, especially as we address this pandemic.” Click here for a copy of the letter.

* The following organizations were signatories of the letter: American Coal Ash Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Electrical Contractors Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Portland Cement Association, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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Coalition Urges Support for Airport Activities

ACPA and 21 other organizations of the Beyond the Runway Coalition* last week sent a letter to Congress requesting immediate federal assistance in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. The coalition noted the pandemic is leading individuals, businesses, and governments to cut budgets, reduce expenses, and defer capital projects.

The letter emphasized that airports “have been acutely impacted by the economic shutdown, as operational costs increase and important infrastructure projects are put on hold. As public institutions, airports are seen as economic drivers in their communities and are doing their part to remain critical lifelines in responding to this crisis. To assist in this time of national emergency, the coalition recommends “an immediate infusion of capital into the airports to address their most pressing needs, such as airport operations, airport infrastructure maintenance, cleaning activities, and bond payments.”

The letter was sent Friday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Click here to download the letter.

* The Airport Council International’s Beyond the Runway Coalition is comprised of a wide range of aviation industry stakeholders seeking to ensure that airports remain strong economic engines and job centers in their local communities.  The 77 member organizations are aligned in support of modernizing airport infrastructure financing to ensure airports in the United States have the resources they need to remain competitive, thriving hubs of economic opportunity.

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