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Missouri/Kansas Appoints Shelton as Field Engineer

The Missouri/Kansas Chapter has appointed Mark Shelton, P.E., as Missouri Field Engineer, according to Todd LaTorella, P.E., Chapter Executive.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mark as our field engineer in Missouri,” Todd says. “His experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to the chapter and the ACPA network.”

Mark has more than 34 years of experience with the Missouri DOT, where he served for 14 years as Southeast District Engineer and 20 years in Construction and Materials in the St. Louis, Central, and Southwest districts and also Central Office in Jefferson City.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri.

Mark’s contact information is and 573.837.6171 (cell).

Don’t Miss These Timely Webinars

An ACPA/CP Tech Center webinar scheduled for September 22 coincides with our social media campaign on the resilience of concrete pavements.

Here’s a description of the webinar, scheduled for September 22 at noon (Central).

  • Resiliency/Resilient Pavement Systems.  This webinar will explore how resilience relates to pavements. The webinar will also describe how owners and contractors recover from disasters and the important role road design plays in recovery. The webinar will cover the need for resilient pavements; defining resilience, and improving pavement resilience. Our presenters are Jim Mack, Director – Infrastructure Market Development, CEMEX (and Past-Chairman, ACPA), and Dr. Tom Van Dam, Principal, NCE.

The next webinar in the series will be held on October 20, also at noon (Central).

  • Concrete Roundabout Design & Construction. With the increasing popularity and use of roundabouts, which are used to keep traffic flowing and improve safety. The webinar will cover current best practices in concrete roundabout design and construction.

Close to 9,000 people have participated in our webinar program or viewed them online after the live event, so plans are underway to schedule additional events through the end of the year.

Additional webinars will be added soon. Click here to register for the upcoming webinars.

ACPA Announces ‘Excellence’ Award Recipients

ACPA announced today the recipients of the 31st Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards. Click here to see the overall award recipients. In keeping with tradition, the announcement of the “Gold” and “Silver” award level will remain a secret until the award presentation ceremony during the annual meeting.

This year, the association recognizes 28 award-winning projects, along with the hard work, outstanding quality, and creative approaches to problem solving demonstrated by contractors, agencies, and engineers. In all, ACPA recognizes 23 unique contractors, whose exceptional projects span 12 affiliated chapter/state association areas.

ACPA also expresses thanks and appreciation to 56 professionals who served as judges of the award submittals, reviewing nomination forms, project details, and photos depicting the projects.

Award winners will be recognized during the Annual Excellence in Concrete Paving Awards Program held on Thursday, December 3rd during ACPA’s 57th Annual Meeting.

Deadline Approaches for Airport & Highway Pavements Conference

The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) announced that September 8th is the final deadline for presentation abstracts for their 2021 Airport & Highway Pavements Conference.

The conference, which is scheduled to be held in Austin, TX, on June 6 through 9, 2021, represents an opportunity to interact and exchange information with worldwide leaders in the fields of highway and airport pavements, as well as airport safety technologies.

Conference organizers say the event brings together designers, project/construction managers, academics, and contractors from around the world to discuss the state-of-the-art implementation, construction, design, in airfield and highway pavements.

Papers covering concrete pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation topics are encouraged, as are presentations covering materials, testing, project stories/case histories, and more. For a detailed list of topics and to submit an abstract, please click here to visit the abstract submittal page. Please click here for general information about the conference.

The Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) is a specialty membership organization organized under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is focused on transportation and development professionals and their industry.  Leif Wathne represents ACPA on the International Airfield & Highway Pavements Conference Steering Committee.

New York Meeting Centers on Competition

A meeting last week between the ACPA New York State Chapter and the New York State DOT’s Region 4 gave the stakeholders an opportunity to share perspectives about an upcoming project on I-390. The meeting went beyond project specifics as it drew attention to the larger issues of process, competition, and value.

Seven NY State DOT officials met with Bill Cuerdon and Heather Steffek of the NY State Chapter, along with several ACPA members and Leif Wathne, representing ACPA National.  ACPA members participating in the meeting included Frank Surianello, P.E., Surianello General Concrete Contractors, Inc.; Jeff Borden, P.E., Cold Spring Construction Company; Ryan Forrestel, Cold Spring Construction; Ken King, LafargeHolcim; Mike Alfieri, Lehigh Hanson; and Jeff Jones, CRH Americas.

The concrete pavement industry reps asked the DOT officials to revisit pavement selection on the I-390 project from exits 8 through 12, which was slated for cracking & seating, followed by an asphalt overlay.

“We were concerned they were not getting good prices on either treatment since asphalt prices were very high and there was no competition,” Bill says.

Although much of the meeting focused on specific details related to both initial and life-cycle costs and determination of those costs, the larger issues were “the need for having healthy industries to create better competition and lower prices, as well as current OMB guidance to determine discount rates,” Leif says. Bill referenced MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub research regarding the value of a diverse pavement portfolio to ensure the best investment of public funds.

Following a suggestion by Frank Surianello, there was agreement that the concrete pavement industry should have “a seat at the table” when the DOT is evaluating pavement type selection.

There were also other ideas presented, including the possible use of reinforced unbonded concrete overlays, use of a design/build, focus on Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM), and other ideas aimed at increasing the quality and speed of construction.

Noting the serious constraints many DOTs are facing, Leif suggested reviewing and revisiting pavement-type selection from a programmatic view, rather than by a project-by-project basis to better ensure that both paving industries are participating in the agency’s paving program so that the cost savings realized from inter-industry competition actually materialize, in turn allowing agencies to achieve greater return on investment in their paving program.

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