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Deadline Approaches for Excellence Awards

July 12th is the deadline for submitting project details and photos for ACPA’s 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” award program. 

Projects must have been completed in the calendar year 2018. To submit your project for award consideration or to view complete program details, including eligibility requirements, please click here. To read more about the awards program, please click here.

If you are submitting an award, please click on the appropriate links to read more about “eligibility.” Please review the complete eligibility requirements by selecting the ‘Eligibility’ link. We also urge everyone submitting a project for judging to review the updated “Project Photograph” sections, which appear under several links on the awards submittal page.  

Award winners will receive an invite to attend the 30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 5th, at the New Orleans Marriott. The banquet will be held during the ACPA 56th Annual Meeting.

Make Plans for ACPA’s Airport Workshop

Seats are going quickly for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop.  Because of the high demand, ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to register for the event and hotel as soon as possible. 

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.   Seats are going quickly, so don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this popular training and tech transfer event!

CP Tech Center Releases RCA Report

The CP Tech Center has released a report summarizing key findings of a research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of where and how extensively concrete pavement recycling and recycled concrete aggregates (RCAs) are being used in the United States.  

“Recycled Concrete Aggregate Usage in the US” is a 38-page report that describes the two-phase benchmarking research project, origins of concrete pavement recycling and factors driving the need to recycle and reuse RCAs. 

The four-color publication begins with an introduction and background information, details about the opportunities for sustainable material practices in concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation, and details from the survey on RCA use in roadway applications. The report also includes conclusions and recommendations, as well as details about ACPA’s plans for tracking data and working to train members (and support the FHWA and state DOTs) in specification and policy development focusing on the beneficial use of existing concrete pavements. 

Although the survey was not funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the results have helped guide the work on technology transfer under one of their cooperative agreements. The results have been made fully available to support the FHWA’s goals of supporting more sustainable pavement technical solutions.  ACPA member contractors were among those who assisted the research by participating in surveys presented by ACPA.

Click here to see the report.

Road Gang Meeting Report

The recent Road Gang luncheon featured a conversation with Ed Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

Ed talked about the Chamber’s support for a 25-cent motor-fuels tax increase and how the Chamber arrived at the point of supporting a fuel tax increase. He also spoke about the Chamber’s efforts to keep up the momentum and ensure optimism that Congress will take action this cycle.  

He also described how U.S. House T&I Committee Chairman Peter DaFazio (D-OR-04) and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01) have engaged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) to encourage meeting with President Trump to restart conversations about an infrastructure bill.  Mortimer also says Chamber members have stated clearly their goal of pushing for an infrastructure bill. 

Ed also spoke about a new ad campaign launched last week by the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition.  The campaign is aimed at persuading Congress and the Trump Administration to act this year in support of a permanent Highway Trust Fund (HTF) fix and a new transportation infrastructure package.

A social media campaign, which uses “Conversation Cards,” targets the messaging to the Twitter followers of dozens of key members of the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees.  The effort is complemented by digital and Twitter ads aimed at members of Congress, their staffs and other D.C. policymakers.  The campaign is also supported by an opinion editorial in POLITICO.

Leif Wathne represents ACPA on the Road Gang and participated in the luncheon.  In related news, Katy Hartnett, PCA Director of Government Affairs has been accepted as a member of the Road Gang, following a nomination by Leif.

The Road Gang is an informal group of business and government executives, highway engineers and consultants, press and public relations specialists, company representatives and trade association officials from the highway transportation industry in the Washington, D.C. area. The Road Gang serves the dual purpose of promoting fellowship and providing for the interchange of ideas among “Washington’s Transportation Fraternity.”

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

TRIP Seeks Executive Director

Following the announcement of retirement plans by Will Wilkins, Executive Director of The Road Information Program, Inc. (TRIP), the organization is now seeking an Executive Director.

The position description follows: TRIP is seeking an executive director to manage all operations of this reputable national transportation research nonprofit established in 1971. Qualified candidates should possess nonprofit/association management and fundraising/membership development experience.

Proven oral and written communications skills required and a public relations/communications background desirable. Knowledge of the surface transportation industry is helpful. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in confidence to chairman@tripnet.org.

TRIP’s mission is to be a credible source of data and information for a diverse group of transportation stakeholders; deliver news and social media coverage of transportation issues and messages; and, inform and promote discussion of policies that improve the movement of goods and people, make surface travel safer, and enhance economic development and productivity.

 

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