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Illinois Chapter Meeting Brings Present, Future into Focus

The Illinois Chapter’s recent annual meeting drew an estimated 90 professionals and featured a solid line-up of transportation officials representing the Illinois DOT, the concrete pavement industry and the academic/research community. 

Dr. Michael Ayers, Illinois Chapter Executive Director, and Rick Sniegowski, Illinois Chapter Chairman, began the meeting with opening remarks. 

IL DOT Deputy Secretary Douglas House presented the status of the state’s capital improvement program and fielded questions regarding the new capital bill and future work projections. 

Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO, presented an industry update, an overview of current initiatives and an overview of ACPA’s VISION2040 program. Jim Randolph, Executive Director, Illinois Ready Mix Concrete Association, presented on partnering, funding, executing a long-term plan and designing with concrete.

Technical presentations included:

  • The transition to the International Roughness Index, from research to the new specification by Dr. Bill Vavrik, VP and Principal Engineer of Applied Research Associates.
  • Enhancing concrete pavement durability and sustainability by Mark Chew, VP Sales & Marketing US and Canada, ICC Distribution Group. 
  • Electronic record keeping for construction inspection in Louisiana by Dr. Tyson Rupnow, Associate Director, Research, Louisiana Transportation Research Center.
  • Performance engineered mixes (PEM) by Dr. Hamed Sadati, Assistant Scientist IV, CP Tech Center. 

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Photo:  IL DOT Deputy Secretary Douglas House discusses the state’s capital improvement program.

AHUA Committee Discusses Legislative Priorities

The American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) Highway Users’ Policy and Government Affairs Committee met recently to discuss top legislative priorities for the advocacy organization.

The discussion focused on the transportation authorization and the AHUA’s policy priorities that were submitted to the US House T&I Committee and the Senate’s EPW Committee in the Spring of 2019. Highway funding, road safety, streamlining and efficiency were all discussed. Other topics included autonomous vehicles legislation, preserving the 5.9 GHz safety spectrum and modernization of NEPA regulations.

Leif Wathne co-chairs the committee with Ashley Jackson of NAPA.

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NHI Announces Concrete Pavement Preservation Courses

For a limited time, the National Highway Institute (NHI) is offering a free, five-part distance learning program, “Constructing Quality PCC Pavement Preservation Treatments.” The comprehensive program was developed under the auspices of the NHI through a cooperative agreement between the FHWA and the CP Tech Center. 

ACPA and IGGA were instrumental in providing content for the courses, and we invested significant time and resources, providing information, images, and other support for the project. The online courses include the following topics:

  • How to Construct Durable Full-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207A)
  • How to Construct Durable Partial-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207B)
  • Proper Diamond Grinding Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207C)
  • Proper Construction Techniques for Dowel Bar Retrofit (DBR) and Cross-Stitching (FHWA-NHI-134207D)
  • Proper Joint Sealing Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207E)

The program provides a total of 13.5 hours of online learning of pavement preservation methods and technologies. Courses are also available in English and Spanish. Click here to view the course selection and register. 

AASHTO Campaign Underscores Transportation Benefits

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today launched a public outreach campaign called “The Benefits of Transportation: The Solutions State DOTs Bring to People & Their Communities.”

The purpose of the campaign, says Jim Tymon AASHTO executive director, “is to help citizens understand the important connection between transportation investment and the benefits we experience today and into the future.”

A website (https://benefits.transportation.org), supports the campaign with end-user perspectives, as well as an interactive map that allows visitors learn more about transportation projects that are reducing travel times, improving safety, protecting the environment, and boosting the economy. The campaign is also supported with a 12-page report that includes project profiles from across the country. 

Tymon emphasizes the urgency of the campaign. “This year will be pivotal for transportation because Congress must pass a new surface transportation bill before the current law expires at the end of September,” he says. He adds the FHWA estimates that for every dollar spent on road, highway, and bridge improvements, there is an average benefit of $5.20. 

This monetized benefit can be seen in many forms, including reduced vehicle maintenance costs, fewer delays, and lower fuel consumption. He adds the benefit can also be seen in improved safety, reduced road and bridge maintenance costs, and reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow.

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Photo shows I-40 Crosstown and Oklahoma City Blvd., an example of business growth and economic development from AASHTO’s “Benefits of Transportation” website.

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