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Letters Convey Appreciation for Research Funding

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Portland Cement Association (PCA) have sent letters to U.S. House and Senate Appropriation Committee leaders to express appreciation for inclusion of funding for increased airfield pavement research in S. 2520 and H.R. 3055 (Division E) appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. 

Gerald Voigt, P.E. (ACPA), Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. (NAPA), and Michael Ireland (PCA) co-signed the letters to the Senate and House Committees’ transportation subcommittee leaders. The letters went to House subcommittee Chair David Price and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balar and Senate  subcommittee Chair Susan Collins and Ranking Member Jack Reed.  

The research funding, if approved in the final appropriations bill, would be used to support a research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.” The provision is similar to the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), creating both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology. 

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Register Early for World of Concrete

Register for World of Concrete using our unique registration link, which appears below. With this unique code, you’ll save a minimum of $55 per registration! Be sure to visit the American Concrete Pavement Association in booth C4326 (Central Hall).

Don’t miss the industry training we’re offering at WOC2020! Click here to see the industry training options. Be sure to register early for these informative industry training courses led by ACPA:

  • Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements [Look for course ACPAMO]
    Monday, February 3, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • ACPA Proper Joint Design, Construction & Sealing [Look for course ACPAWE]
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon
  • (NEW!) ACPA Techniques to Repair/Preserve Concrete Pavements [Look for course ACPATH]
    Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon

Receive even more discounts when you register for these special training packages! Be sure to select your options below by December 10 to take advantage of special pricing applies; higher rates go into effect after December 11.

  • 3-hour Seminars = $150
  • 90-minute Seminars = $105
  • 4-hour Certifications = $210
  • Super Pass 1 & 2 = $480
  • Super Pass 3 & Residential = $580

To register with the discount code (A14), please click in the section marked, “Click here for discount training,” or follow this link

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* Some restrictions may apply. The $25 exhibits-only admission is for online registrants only through January 17, 2020. Registrations are $80 at the show with a printed buyer invite or $105 without.  

Countdown Continues to AM 56

With only about a month to go before online registration closes, ACPA is urging members and affiliates to complete hotel and event registrations as soon as possible for our 56th Annual Meeting.

The time to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott will expire on Monday, November 11 (or until the room block is sold out).  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website

For event registration, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

Have You Registered for ACPA’s Airport Workshop?

There are still seats available for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop, but ACPA is urging those interested in the three-day training event to reserve seats and hotel rooms quickly. 

The workshop this year will be held at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale (FL) from Oct. 22 through 24. Please click here to visit our one-stop website, which includes a registration link, hotel registration link, and updated agenda.

One of the popular highlights of the workshop is straightforward, often spirited discussions about concrete pavement specifications for airports, notably the FAA’s P-501 spec and the UFGS 32 13 14.13 spec used for US Army Corps of Engineers and other Tri-Services projects. 

TRIP Report Focuses on Freight Transportation Issues

The Road Information Program (TRIP) today released a report called America’s Rolling Warehouses: Opportunities and Challenges with the Nation’s Freight Delivery System.” 

The report examines the ability of the nation’s freight transportation system to accommodate the growing demand for freight movement efficiently and safely in spite of significant issues. Some of the top issues include inadequate transportation capacity, a lack of funding for needed improvements to the freight network, a shortage of drivers, and consumer demands for faster delivery.

The report ranks the states with the greatest amount of freight shipped to or from sites in their state, states with the highest share of Interstate vehicle miles of travel by combination trucks, states with the largest average annual number of large truck fatalities, and states with the largest projected increase in freight movement between 2016 and 2045.

TRIP’s report also identifies the nation’s 20 worst freight highway bottlenecks and concludes with a series of recommendations to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.  TRIP released the report this morning and is supporting the public affairs initiative with national and state media work. Click here to download a copy.

TRIP Executive Director Will Wilkins will be addressing this and other issues at ACPA’s upcoming 56th Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for December 3 through 5, in New Orleans. TRIP is a national transportation research nonprofit, based in Washington, DC.  

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