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FAA Announces More than $1 Billion in AIP Grants

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced today that the FAA will award $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants, according to an FAA press release.

The total includes $731 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants and an additional $455 million in Supplemental Discretionary grants.

The money will be available for 100 percent of the eligible costs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the FAA says

“This Federal investment of over $1 billion represents the Department’s continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of our nation’s airports for the traveling public,” Secretary Chao says.

complete listing of grants and an interactive map of airports receiving funding are available on the FAA website.

The grants will fund a wide variety of projects, including repair and construction of runways and taxiways and installation of aircraft lighting and signage. Other possible uses include conducting airport master plan studies, installing airport perimeter fencing, and purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment. 

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Weather Channel Spotlights Pavement Resilience Remarks by Jim Mack

In an interview on the Weather Channel last Friday, Jim Mack presented some balanced perspectives on pavement resilience. Jim is Director of Market Development at CEMEX* and past Chairman of the ACPA Board.

“For the most part, both asphalt and concrete roadways can be made more resilient and flood resistant,” he tells host Weather Underground Mark Elliott and other staff meteorologists.

“But concrete, just by its very nature, is a little bit more naturally flood resistant just by the stiffness of the system,” he continues.

Jim describes two types of flooding damage. “Washout is where running water comes along and washes out the ground,” he says, adding that both rigid and flexible pavements are both susceptible to this damage.

He also describes inundation as “the silent killer,” adding that this is where rising waters, as are often seen in aerial views, soak the base and the ground under the pavement.

“This can lead to the long-term deterioration of a pavement that’s not as stiff as other pavements, such as concrete,” he says.

The almost 3-1/2 minute interview included other facts and examples, as well as video footage of flooded pavements. Click here to see the complete interview.

 * An ACPA member.

Webinar Activity Soars Again

Participation in the concrete overlay program broke another record this week, topping more than 2,500 on Tuesday.

Leveraging the success of the overlay series, the program is expanding with webinars on ADA considerations in project design and construction.

The fourth webinar in the current series, “Concrete Overlay Plans, Maintenance of Traffic & Construction,” had a final registration count of 764 professionals from the public and private sectors. The five-part concrete overlay program concludes next Tuesday with “Concrete Overlay Maintenance and Available Resources.”

The webinar program is the result of teamwork among the CP Tech Center, the Chapter network of promoters, and ACPA staff, as well as cross-promotion by other national association partners. 

The webinar program continues with a two-part series covering ADA considerations in construction of pavements and other facilities. The program will include:

  • May 12, Noon (Central)– ADA Guidelines for DOT and Municipal Project Planning & Design (Understanding PROWAG) by Jesse Jonas, Director of Engineering for the Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA. 
  • May 19, Noon (Central) – How States are Implementing PROWAG for ADA Compliance in Project Design and Construction (with examples) by Jackie Spoor, Pavement Engineer, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.

Click here for a program flyer and here for registration information for the ADA webinars. ACPA has fine-tuned the registration process, making it faster and easier, says Scott Mueller. He and Chrissy Mysko have been working with chapters and the CP Tech Center to drive registration directly to customers.

The revised system now generates a confirmation email immediately after registration. Scott has also been working with Chapters to increase survey responses with the aim of further developing topics and improving the educational experience for participants.

Photo: Video capture shows Jesse Jonas demonstrating the importance of ADA considerations in the design and construction of pavements and other facilities.

ACPA Supports Tweetstorm

Capping off the House T&I Committee’s “tweetstorm” last week, officials released a post-event video recognizing the effort and thanking essential workers in every field, including those in our industry. Click here to see the tribute video.

As we reported last week, ACPA supported this campaign, as well as two campaigns that informed social media followers about National Work Zone Safety Awareness week and ways to keep workers, motorists and pedestrians safe around construction work zones.

We also participated in a fourth campaign that celebrated Earth Day. It was a perfect opportunity to present facts and photos highlighting concrete pavements and materials. Our contributions centered on pavement longevity, sustainability, resilience and other environmental features and benefits. 

ACPA members, chapters and industry allies also supported our efforts and posted some inspiring messages and images, creating a very strong and compelling set of facts and images that give the cement and concrete industry a commanding presence. We thank all the members, chapters, and allies who supported these important and timely communications campaigns

TCC Urges Congressional Leaders to Support Relief and Rebuilding Efforts

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) sent a letter to Congressional Leaders last week expressing appreciation for the Administration’s continued efforts to address the unprecedented impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the American people and the U.S. economy.

The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the TCC also urged Congress to “provide state DOTs with at least a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to ensure improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure move forward and to mitigate potential job losses in the transportation construction industry.”

“This infusion of federal funding should be complemented with a bipartisan, robust reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs,” the TCC member organizations wrote. Click here to read the letter.

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