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ACPA Supports Interstate Renewal Plan

The ACPA Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the recently released consensus report titled, “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.”  

The report and plan within were the result of language in the FAST Act, which called for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to conduct a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Interstate and Defense Highway System. 

From the study, an action plan was developed that includes 10 key recommendations to Congress, including innovative concepts and actionable measures that are favorable to state transportation agencies, taxpayers, highway users, and the transportation-construction industry.

One of the key points of the study suggests current spending levels are much too low, and that $45 to $70 billion are needed annually over the next 20 years to undertake the long-deferred rebuilding of pavements and bridges, as well as to accommodate and manage growing user demand. This figure applies to Interstate highways only and not the full Federal-aid highway system or other highways.  

The plan is seen as especially credible and valuable because of TRB’s world-class reputation in transportation research.  TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The oversight committee also adds credibility because it was led by 14 prominent professionals representing the public and private sectors and academia, including the Honorable Norman Mineta (former U.S Representative and Secretary of Transportation).

ACPA is hopeful that this well-crafted plan (in whole or in part) will inform the next transportation reauthorization legislation. Click here to see the ACPA resolution in support of this plan.

Plan Now for Our Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to make plans to attend the Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District in Charleston, SC, from June 11 through 12.*  

The website currently allows site visitors to reserve hotel rooms at the special ACPA rate.  ACPA also confirmed two social events: a reception at the Pour Taproom on the rooftop of the Hyatt (Tues., June 11), and a special reception at The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (Wed. June 12). 

 Agendas, event registration details and other information will be added soon and will be announced in ACPA TODAY and by blast email.

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. 

This year’s meeting will include committee and task force meetings, as well as tech transfer opportunities, networking, and social activities.  In addition to being a good forum for members to discuss timely issues and share in peer exchanges, the Mid-Year Meeting  allows attendees to learn about and participate in current ACPA programs and activities.  The meeting also represents one of the first steps in our annual planning process for the following year.  

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

 

Finalize Plans for this Important Industry Event

The third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in is now only less than four weeks away.  

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

Elected officials on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate are increasingly voicing support for infrastructure investment, so the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. The most powerful voices and most convincing arguments will come from people directly affected by the next highway bill, so be a  part of this important and timely event!

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see NACA fly-in information page, which includes links event and hotel registration details, the agenda, and other information.

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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

 

Don’t Miss the Next SPS-2 Tech Day Event

SPS-2 Tech Day participants view the pavement in California yesterday.

The next SPS-2 Tech Day in the 2019 series will be held March 19 in Little Rock, AR.  Alan Meadors of the OK/AR Chapter is the primary point of contact, so please contact him as soon as possible if you would like to attend.  Click here for a flyer with details about the event, including Alan’s contact information.

To see presentations from the first event on March 2 in Stockton or to see presentations for other events as they are completed, please visit our dedicated page for the 2019 SPS-2 program.  

There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required.  Be sure to click on the link to open a digital flyer (PDF).  The flyer will contain specific details, including the email address of the person to contact for registration.

The Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States.  To read more about this important study, please click here. Also, click here to see our complete SPS-2 Resource Center.  

ACPA Continues PavementDesigner Outreach

In our continuing quest to inform and educate the engineering community about PavementDesigner.org, Eric Ferrebee’s latest stop was Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he provided training at the 105th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference & Expo last week.

Eric followed Mike Byers of the Indiana Chapter and David Holtz of the Indiana DOT after there presentation on thin concrete overlays. Eric presented on how to use the concrete industry’s pavement thickness design platform for parking lots, streets & roads, and overlays.  

 

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