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PCA Names Vice President for Government Affairs

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) last week named A. Todd Johnston as vice president for government affairs, effective January 19.  Based in the association’s Washington office, he will represent PCA and its members with the federal government. 

A. Todd Johnston is the  PCA vice president for government affairs.

A. Todd Johnston.

Johnston previously served as staff director for the Subcommittees on Environment and Energy under the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  In that capacity, Johnston lead a team whose focus was on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s major regulatory initiatives, including proposed changes regulations of the Clean Water Act.  

From 2007 to 2013, he worked on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), first as a senior advisor and staff director of its Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee under Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio).  After Senator Voinovich retired in 2010, Johnston became the full committee’s senior policy advisor under Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.). 

Prior to joining the Senate EPW staff, Johnston was director of air quality for the National Mining Association and the environment manager for Kyanite Mining Corporation in Dillwyn, Va.   He previously served as policy advisor and special assistant to the Secretary of National Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia under Republican Governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore.

FHWA Announces Performance Measures Rule

As required under MAP-21,  Federal Highway Administration has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking* to assess the condition of pavements and bridges on the National Highway System (NHS). 

Under the proposed rule, the agency also proposes the process for States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to establish and report on performance targets reflecting the proposed measures, as well as the methodology to evaluate whether a state has made significant progress toward achieving those targets. 

Finally, FHWA proposes a minimum level for the condition of pavement on the Interstate System and incorporates the minimum condition level established by MAP-21 for bridges on the NHS. 

Proposed Pavement Condition Measures
FHWA proposes measures that would be applicable to all mainline Interstate System and non-Interstate NHS pavements regardless of ownership or maintenance responsibility of roads within a given State or metropolitan planning area.   The FHWA is proposing four measures for pavement condition to determine the  percentage of pavements in good, fair, and poor condition within the Interstate and non-Interstate highway systems.  The measures for concrete pavements include International Roughness Index, cracking, and faulting (for CRCP punchouts are used in lieu of faulting).  

ACPA’s National Performance Measures Task Force is in the process of reviewing the proposed rule in detail, and will be discussing the rule prior to offering formal comments, due to FHWA on April 6.

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* The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop new regulations to establish Transportation Performance Management requirements for the purposes of carrying out the National Highway Performance Program.   The Pavement and Bridge Condition Performance Management “notice of proposed rulemaking” (NPRM) was published January 5, with a final deadline for submitting comments of April 6.  The NPRM is available online.   Additional details are available in an FHWA fact sheet at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/rule/pmfactsheet.pdf.

ACPA Hosts Successful Event at TRB Annual Meeting

ACPA hosted the 19th Annual TRB Reception, an event that has become both an important tradition among transportation professionals attending the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) 93rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C., recently.

Held at the historic Willard Washington, DC-hotel, the hospitality event once again provided an opportunity for ACPA staff, members, and Chapter/State affiliates to network  in an informal setting.ACPA's Jerry Voigt (left) welcomes guests at the TRB hospitality event (right).

Celebrating alliances – ACPA’s Jerry Voigt (left) welcomes guests at the TRB hospitality event (right).

“This event is all about people,” explained Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO.  “This reception is an opportunity for ACPA to express thanks and share ideas with state and federal agencies, and more broadly, the many professionals whose research and work benefits agencies, and our industry.

“The reception also gives us a chance to meet students involved in pavement engineering, provide an opportunity for them to network with our industry colleagues and encourage them to pursue their educational goals in the concrete pavement industry,” he said, adding, “Many students we met at past events ended up in key positions in our industry, with agencies, or with universities.”

The event is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsors.   Sponsors for this year’s event were:

ACPA – PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER
GCC AMERICA
AMERICAN ENGINEERING TESTING, INC.HOLCIM (US) INC.
APPLIED PAVEMENT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (APTech)INDIANA CHAPTER – ACPA
APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC. IOWA CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATION
CAROLINAS CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATION LEHIGH HANSON
CEDAR VALLEY CORP.MICHIGAN CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
CEMENT ASSOCIATION OF CANADAMISSOURI/KANSAS CHAPTER INC. – ACPA
CEMENT COUNCIL OF TEXASOKLAHOMA/ARKANSAS CHAPTER, ACPA
CHARLIE GREER PORTLAND CEMENT ASSOCIATION
CONCRETE & AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANAROANOKE CEMENT
CONTINENTAL CEMENT COMPANY, LLC
ST. MARYS CEMENT
CTLGROUPTHE FORT MILLER CO., INC.
DUIT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.THE TRANSTEC GROUP, INC.
EPOXY INTEREST GROUP OF CRSI
UTAH CHAPTER, ACPA
ESSROC CEMENT CORP.WISCONSIN CONCRETE PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION
GEORGIA CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATIONW. R. MEADOWS, INC.

ACPA Urges Participation in TCC Fly-In

For anyone who supports a well-funded, multi-year highway bill, now is the time to let your voice be heard in Washington, D.C.

ACPA is  urging members to participate in the  Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) annual Fly-In, scheduled for April 14-15, at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, D.C.  

The event typically includes a day of overview presentations and discussions about key issues.   The second day includes visits to Senate and House officials representing members home states and districts.  

TCC partners, including the American Concrete Pavement Association, are available to assist with talking points, coordination of meetings, and other assistance.

If you have not already done so, please register today.  Online registration is quick and convenient.  Please click here to create a new account and register for the meeting.  

ACPA also is reminding members and affiliates of the new location.   The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, located at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001.  To make your hotel reservation, please contact the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel by calling 1-800-421-1442 or 202-737-1234. Ask for the TCC Fly-In rate of $315 per night.

 

TCC-FlyIn-2015


Visit ACPA at World of Concrete


WOC2015-microACPA is inviting all ACPA and IGGA members and affiliates to visit us at World of Concrete 2015.   ACPA will once again be sharing booth space with IGGA, and representatives of both associations will be on hand during the  show.  

ACPA Chairman Mike Lipps and President/CEO Jerry Voigt will be on hand at various times on Tuesday and Wednesday, as will Steve Davis of the Southeast Chapter/Georgia and Larry Scofield of IGGA.   Chairman Lipps is encouraging members and others to stop by to say hello and to share ideas about the association and the industry.

In related news, ACPA will be hosting a press conference to announce new initiative that centers on technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and education throughout the transportation-construction community.

The combined booth spaces are is C4225/C4225a in the Central Hall.   All visitors to the booth are eligible to win an iPad mini tablet.

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