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Visit Us at ConExpo-Con/Agg

As you plan your visit to ConExpo-Con/Agg, be sure to visit ACPA in the Grand Lobby in booth GL32208. ACPA staff will be on hand during the week of March 10 through 14 to discuss programs and services, and of course, all aspects of concrete pavement research, design, construction and rehab.

The Grand Lobby is the area between the North and Central Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ConExpo-Con/Agg, is North America’s largest construction trade show. Held every three years in Las Vegas, the event features the latest equipment advances and newest technology applications in every aspect of construction. Show management expects 2,000 exhibitors. Click here to see a graphic that depicts the interior exhibit areas.

You still have time to register for the show.  Click here to see current registration rates and other details.

Iowa DOT Appoints Director

Scott Marler has been appointed as Director at the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). His appointment was effective Monday, February 17.

“Scott will do an outstanding job leading the Iowa Department of Transportation because of his depth of experience and effective management style,” says Iowa Governor Kay Reynolds. “Iowa DOT plays an instrumental role in the safe transportation of goods, services, and people across our state and we know he will do an incredible job.”

“I’m tremendously humbled and honored to be chosen by Governor Reynolds to join her team as Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation,” Marler says. “I look forward to serving the citizens of our great state with the incredibly talented team at the Iowa DOT and to work with our partners and stakeholders to meet our common goal of making Iowa the safest and most efficient transportation system in the country.”

Interim Director Stuart Anderson will return to his role as Director of the Planning, Programming & Modal Division. 

Marler previously served as Director of the Operations Division at the Iowa Department of Transportation. He is active with AASHTO and TRB. He also has served on a national technical committee for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an expert panel for TRB, and a course development committee for the National Highway Institute. He has been with the Iowa DOT for 22 years, with experience in traffic operations, highway project development, regulatory compliance, and the natural environment. 

Photo credit:  Iowa DOT on Twitter.

Coalition Urges Action on Infrastructure Investment

A coalition of 41 transportation associations (including ACPA), labor unions and highway user organizations* asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to consider acting further on legislation to reauthorize Federal surface transportation programs, which are set to expire September 30.

The group commended the Senate EPW Committee for taking the critical step of unanimously approving the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA) last summer, and noted the action was well ahead of the expiry date. Citing the work of Senate committees of jurisdiction to develop reauthorization proposals and to provide the necessary revenue to support the programs, the groups asked the Leaders to take up legislation to reauthorize the federal surface transportation programs as soon as possible.

They also cautioned that, “history has demonstrated that delaying action on such legislation leads to two negative outcomes: stifling economic development and construction workers not on job sites.” Click here to read/download the complete letter.

* The group included the: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Highway Users Alliance, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Moving & Storage Association, American Public Transportation Association, American Public Works Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Associated Equipment Manufacturers, Associated General Contractors of America, Auto Care Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance, Equipment Dealers Association, FMI-The Food Industry Association, Governors Highway Safety Association, Industrial Minerals Association—North America, International Union of Operating Engineers, International Warehouse Logistics Association, Laborers International Union of North America, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Association of Chemical Distributors, National Association of Counties, National Association of County Engineers, National Association of Truckstop Operators, National Electrical Contractors Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Steel Bridge Alliance, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, National Tank Carriers, Inc., North America’s Building Trades Unions, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Transport Workers Union of America, Transportation Intermediaries Association, Transportation Trades Department-AFL-CIO, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

Membership Survey Provides Valuable Feedback

ACPA emailed its annual Benchmark Opinion Survey yesterday (Feb. 18). If you received the survey, you have until Thursday, Feb. 27 to respond.

We use this annual survey to help us evaluate the strength and value of our programs and activities, as well as areas where we can make improvements. The survey goes to one representative from each member company, so if you received the survey, please take a few minutes (about 4 to 7) to let us know your thoughts.  

On two occasions prior to the deadline, ACPA will re-send the survey to those members who have not opened the email or completed the survey. 

Wisconsin Workshop Reaches New Heights

By all accounts, the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association’s (WCPA’s) annual concrete pavement conference last week was a great success. 

“We had 318 registered attendees, our second highest attendance in our history,” says Kevin McMullen, WCPA President, adding that the attendees and presenters represented, “19 major cities and 36 consulting engineering firms.” There were also 35 WisDOT officials, along with an excellent line-up of presenters.

WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson kicked off the meeting, with what Kevin described as a “positive message,” noting that the DOT is working to get the agency’s highway program back up and running after the previous administration halted projects and engineering studies. Kevin says the Secretary commented that the agency both enjoys and encourages the partnership with industry, adding that this partnership includes some proactive participation in training and committee work, including the WisDOT Concrete Pavement Technical Committee. 

Other presenters included Dr. Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University, who spoke about research on performance-engineered mixtures (PEM) and the Super Air Meter (SAM) in Wisconsin; Leif Wathne, who spoke about ACPA National Initiatives (including inter-industry competition); and a great line-up of professionals representing the FHWA and WisDOT, industry, and academia.

Commenting further on the WCPA conference program, Kevin says, “There was a lot of PEM, as this is a priority with the DOT. In fact we might be the first DOT in the country to use the SAM for payment and acceptance.” Real-time materials testing on the grade is considered a key to successful implementation of PEM, and the SAM is considered by many to both a quick and reliable test that aids in freeze-thaw durability, reduction of air loss, and the increase of strength over time. The SAM is currently used by 37 states and 5 countries, according to the Super Air Meter website.

The workshop also included breakout sessions on construction and design & research, an awards program, an exhibitor’s workshop, and hospitality and social activities.

Photo montage depicts WCPA award recipients, the WCPA crew (and friend), Leif Wathne speaking on competition, and a near record number of attendees.

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