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Coalition Advances Safety Amendment for Next Highway Bill

An ad hoc group of transportation construction associations and labor organizations are advancing a proposed highway bill amendment that would provide funding for safety innovations in highway construction work zones.

ACPA strongly supports the proposal, which would provide funding for work zone safety, an important priority for the concrete pavement industry.

The group notes that Title 23 U.S. Code §120, (c)(3)(B) provides several examples of Innovative Project Delivery, including those that use innovative procurement and contracting procedures, and which provide for an increased federal share payable up to 100 percent for innovative projects.

The group is proposing an amendment that would add, “…contractual provisions that provide safety contingency funds to incorporate safety enhancements to work zones prior to or during roadway construction and maintenance activities.” Click here to see the proposal.

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Ad Campaign Urges Transportation Investment

A new ad campaign urges Congress and the Trump administration to develop and pass this year a robust transportation infrastructure investment package and implement a permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

The campaign, “Congress: Fix Our Infrastructure Problem Now,” was developed by the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM).

The campaign began Monday with an opinion piece in POLITICO asking the Nation’s leaders for a renewed commitment to “invest financially in America’s transportation infrastructure.” The piece also features digital ads that connect to the TCC’s website. To call attention to America’s transportation challenges, the opinion piece includes examples of deteriorating bridges and roadways that were forced to close recently in northern California, outside Boston and in downtown Chicago. 

The two-month campaign will culminate in a 30-second television spot (“Stuck”) that begins airing in May in Washington, D.C., in the run up to the TCC’s Washington fly-in and National Infrastructure Week.

The digital and TV ads outline the groups’ top two priorities:

  • Priority 1: Provide an expanded and sustainable way to pay for future HTF-supported investments that keep pace with our Nation’s growing infrastructure.
  • Priority 2: Expand HTF resources for projects that ease traffic congestion, improve safety and support long-term economic growth.

The opinion piece concludes: “A generational opportunity to turn blueprints and big thinking into a 21st century infrastructure network stands before us. Congress and the President need to get moving.”

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Minnich Manufacturing Announces Special Drawing

Minnich Manufacturing* has announced a special drawing open to contractors. The person whose name is drawn will receive a Stinger electric flex-shaft concrete vibrator.  The drawing runs from March 26 through April 23, 2019, and is open to contractors over the age of 18 living in the United States. Each participant is allowed one entry and no purchase is necessary to enter or win.

The Stinger was formally introduced at World of Concrete in January. The concrete vibrator features a 14.5-lb., double-insulated universal motor that can drive the full line of Minnich vibrator shafts and heads from 0.75 in. to 2.50 in. 

Available in a 15-amp (115-volt) version, it offers a speed range of 11,000 to 13,000 vibrations per minute to meet today’s concrete placement challenges. The unit comes standard with a quick disconnect that adapts to the vibrator shafts and heads of many other manufacturers. The Stinger also provides quiet operation, which meets OSHA’s A 29 CFR 1910.95 standards. Its double-insulated motor also runs safely when grounded systems are compromised.

“We are excited to give concrete contractors a chance to own the Stinger and increase productivity on the job site,” says Rob Minnich, President/CMO for Minnich Manufacturing. “As a lightweight, durable and versatile flex-shaft concrete vibrator, the Stinger offers many user-friendly features to benefit today’s contractors.”

To enter online, visit www.minnich-mfg.com/forms/stinger-giveaway. To enter via mail, contractors must hand-print their first and last name, street address, city, state, ZIP code, daytime phone number and email on a postcard, which should be mailed to: Minnich Manufacturing, Inc., Attn: Sweepstakes Entry, 1444 State Route 42, Mansfield, OH 44903. The winner will be drawn and announced on April 26 on Minnich’s social media channels.  To see the Stinger in action, click here

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* An ACPA member.

 

Symposium to Focus on Life Cycle Assessment

The International Symposium on Pavement, Roadway, and Bridge Life Cycle Assessment will be held in Sacramento, CA, on June 3 through 6, 2020. The event will be held downtown Sacramento next to the California State Capitol. 

The symposium sponsors are accepting abstracts through May 1, 2019. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. To submit an abstract, please visit https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lca2020. First-time visitors should click “create an account” to get started. 

The LCA2020 Instructions for Authors provides step-by-step directions for submitting abstracts. The sponsors advise that it is only necessary to indicate the first author with the submission of your abstract. Additional authors and other changes may be made through the website later. Click here for more information about the symposium.

Reminder: Reserve Hotel Rooms for ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to register for hotel rooms for our upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District in Charleston, SC, from June 11 through 12.* 

ACPA encourages guests to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible using our meeting website.  Early registration locks in the special rate and helps avoid the inconvenience of booking at a different hotel if the Hyatt Place sells out.

ACPA staff members are currently working on agendas, which along with other details, will be added to the meeting website soon. 

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting has become increasingly popular and well attended in the past few years. Since 2017, ACPA Mid-Year Meetings have been moved to different venues (most recently Pittsburgh and Denver).  This new approach has been very popular and has offered plenty of area attractions and activities for meeting attendees.  

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* The event also includes the invitation-only ACPA Board of Directors meeting, which is scheduled for June 13.

 

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