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ACPA Comments on FHWA Pavement Policy and Guidance

ACPA 2019 Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA EVP Leif Wathne participated in a pavement design policy and guidance listening session at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC, last Friday.

“The listening session was the result of many years of our industry advocating for the use of life cycle cost analysis, asset management, competition, and other considerations as important stewardship tools,” Mack says. “In addition to providing this information, we also have been sharing and using the information MIT has been developing to support our positions.”

“The concrete pavement industry believes the FHWA pavement policy, as written, is clear and states concisely what key factors need to be considered; however, we do not believe the policy is being clearly and uniformly interpreted and communicated by FHWA division offices and agencies,” Wathne says.

In addition to addressing the pavement policy, the listening session was an opportunity for the concrete pavement industry to submit comments regarding both the policy’s non-regulatory supplement on Pavement Design Considerations and the supporting Technical Advisory T5040.39 on Alternate Design/Alternate Bid.  “The supplement needs to be sorely updated,” Wathne says, noting, “The technical advisory on alternate design/alternate bidding is very well written and provides sound guidance that is consistent with good stewardship principles.”

ACPA was one of several transportation-construction industry groups invited to participate in the session. One of the other groups involved, NRMCA, also provided comments.  Wathne said the views expressed by Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA were complementary and supportive of ACPA’s views, indicating continued strong alignment between the associations’ priorities in this area.  

The listening session Friday is one of several planned for highway stakeholders to present views. The Friday session focused on industry opinions centered on: what’s working with the current policy and technical guidance; what’s not working; what’s needed to address challenges/concerns; what’s missing or needs to be updated; and what else does the FHWA need to be aware of or add to pavement design issues.

As a follow-up to the listening session, ACPA plans to submit formal written comments detailing the concrete pavement industry’s views on these matters.  

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Overlay Summit Reviews Issues and Opportunities

The CP Tech Center and ACPA welcomed concrete pavement professionals from across the United States for the annual concrete overlay summit.

Organized by the CP Tech Center and held at ACPA’s Rosemont headquarters, the two-day meeting gave ACPA National staff, the CP Tech Center and state/regional promotion groups the opportunity to compare notes and discuss timely topics.

At press time, more than a dozen states and regions were represented in the meeting, which began yesterday with discussions about design, construction and performance reports, followed by a summary of recently-completed technical documents. Additional reports covered successes, overlay performance, optimized joint spacing, research, internal curing, and other topics.

Today’s session was expected to include an open discussion about topics such as research, field trials, tech transfer & implementation, and performance, followed by a discussion about promotion and other topics.

ACPA Participates in Conference Planning

ACPA participated in a conference steering committee meeting last week to assist with planning for the 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference of ASCE’s Transportation & Development Institute. 

The conference, scheduled for July 21 through 24 in Chicago, will focus on “Efficient and Sustainable Pavements.” 

Leif Wathne serves on the steering committee, which is responsible for conference planning and review of papers. 

The international conference provides opportunities for interaction and information exchange with leaders around the world in the fields of highway and airport pavements, as well as airport safety technologies. The conference venue is the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, located at 350 W Mart Center Dr.


NPCA Offers Jointed Precast Tech Manual

The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) has posted its Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement (3rd ed.). 

This comprehensive technical manual describes jointed precast concrete pavement systems in detail and presents a step-by-step guide that can be used by contractors, agencies/owners,  system designers, precast concrete manufacturers, contractors and inspectors. 

The manual includes dozens of technical illustrations, charts and photographs and is available as a complete PDF or as chapter-by-chapter PDFs, all on NPCA’s website.

Published by NPCA in conjunction with the NPCA Precast Concrete Paving Slabs Product Committee, the manual was written by Peter Smith, P.E. The Fort Miller Group*, and Mark B. Snyder, Ph.D., P.E., Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants, LLC*.  

* Denotes ACPA member.

ACPA Presents Top Honors to Don Detwiler

Don Detwiler, Chairman of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. was named the recipient of the 2018 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan (HHE) Award, one of the American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA’s) highest and most coveted awards.

The award recognized Detwiler’s long-standing commitment to advancing technology, and in turn producing high quality of concrete pavements. The award also recognized Detwiler’s distinguished career and lifelong service to ACPA and the concrete pavement industry. The award was presented by Chuck Niederriter, 2018 Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors (and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.)

“Don Detwiler served and led the industry nationally and locally in Pennsylvania with class and vision,” said “He led the way in getting our first chapter off the ground in the northeastern U.S. He also assisted the industry through challenging times as ACPA’s chairman in 1979,” Niederriter said, adding, “In that role, he led the change of our name from the American Concrete Paving Association to American Concrete Pavement Association. The simple act of changing our association’s name actually inspired a new vision and a renewed focus on our mission to support our members and chapters, something that is more important than ever today!”

Niederriter also recounted a few of Detwiler’s many career highlights, beginning with his early years with New Enterprise Stone & Lime.

“Don graduated from Juniata College in 1964 and joined the family business at a time when New Enterprise began paving concrete roadways,” Niederriter said. “This was the start of 50-plus years of concrete paving excellence in building highways such as Interstate 80, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 22, Route 220 and the Bud Shuster Highway.

“Under his guidance, New Enterprise achieved the Mile-a-Day Club [recognition by ACPA] on a few occasions, paved over a million square yard in one season, and we estimate that Don was involved with over 14 million square yards of concrete paving. I think it is safe to say that he has built more concrete roads in Pennsylvania than any other company,” he added.

Niederriter spoke about influence, and said, “(Don) has been very influential to both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which led to many projects throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

“Influence can occur in many different ways,” Niederriter said, adding. “Don’s influence is borne of his integrity and quality of work.”

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