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Village of Kimberly Earns Presidential Award

The Village of Kimberly, WI, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Harold J. Halm Presidential Award.     

ACPA recognized the Village for achieving the remarkable milestone of 100% concrete roads. 

This achievement reflects the Village administration’s long-standing policy to build streets and roads to last, and to pass along these benefits to the taxpayers through quality pavements, lower street maintenance costs and a better quality of life through other village services.

“This policy represents a very responsible approach to governing the Village’s infrastructure, finances and an ideal to which large and small cities across the United States can look to as a positive example of how to be a responsible steward of the public’s resources and trust,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.

“It is particularly fitting that this award be presented during this, the year in which the Village achieved 100 percent concrete pavement streets,” Voigt said, adding, “This is a remarkable milestone of national significance to the concrete pavement industry.”

This is only the 13th time the award has been presented since 1994.  

Special Event Reveals Transportation Grants

A special event with US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday served a forum to discuss the Trump Administration’s commitment to infrastructure, as well as to announce major investments across America.

Held at the US DOT headquarters in Washington, DC, the centerpin of the event was the announcement of projects and funding levels under the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation discretionary grants program.

In all, $1.5 billion in grant funding will go to 91 projects in 49 states and DC. Click here to see list of the projects and grant funding.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this Administrations/ commitment to Americas infrastructure,” according to US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

In addition to Secretary Chao, US DOT Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) also participated in the special event. Other participants included Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Rep. David Price (D-NC-04), and Mayor Jamael Brown (D), Youngstown, OH.

Leif Wathne attended the event on behalf of ACPA members. Demand for BUILD grants far exceeded available funds, according to a US DOT press release. Some 851 eligible applications from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, and DC were submitted–a figure almost double the number of applications received in 2017.

 

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Jason Weiss Named MJK Award Recipient

ACPA presented the 2018 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement to Jason Weiss, Ph.D., P.E., Head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University.

Weiss was recognized for fundamental advancement of concrete pavement durability through applied research, including application of the ring and dual-ring tests; resistivity test, and most notably the “formation factor.”

Some of his notable technical achievements are important components of the “Performance Engineered Mixtures” program, and are enabling the FHWA, state DOTs, and industry to work collaboratively to develop the next generation specification for concrete pavement quality assurance.

ACPA Names Lifetime Pavement Award Recipients

Two exceptional concrete pavements have been recognized with ACPA’s Lifetime Pavement Award.

The City of Boulder, CO, was recognized with an award for a four-block section of Mapleton Avenue, a location of great importance to a vibrant city. Built in 1927, and with minimal maintenance since, the concrete pavement stands as an exceptional and durable example of concrete put to the test.

This historic section of pavement has contributed to economic development, including mining camps, the discovery of gold, and the growth of the University of Colorado.

Also recognized with an ACPA Pavement Longevity Award is Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, Fla. Presented to the Florida DOT, District 5, the concrete pavement designated as US 17/92 and Woodland Boulevard, extends the entire north-south length of the city.  The concrete is in excellent condition as it approaches eight decades of service. 

Built in 1939 and dedicated in 1940, the jointed-reinforced concrete pavement serves Stetson University and Florida DOT’s District 5 Headquarters, along with many other businesses in the city. This storied pavement plays an important role in the community, as the site of many parades and civic celebrations.

Florida Design-Build Team Takes Sustainability Award

ACPA presented the 2018 Sustainability Practices Award to the Florida DOT and Archer Western Construction.

The two organizations were recognized for their innovative design-build team which proposed, engineered, and built a 16-ft wide  full-depth concrete shoulder to serve as an emergency lane along State Route 98 in Jacksonville.

The decision to provide the emergency lane reflects forward-thinking context sensitivity, which is rare and an inherently important part of sustainable construction. 

This is a positive example of including the societal benefit of avoiding future construction costs and eliminating future lane closures.

An official of Archer Western Construction accepted the award on behalf of the design-build team. 

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