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ACPA, Barrett Equipment Announce Members-Only Benefit

The American Concrete Pavement Association and Barrett Equipment Inc., Cary, Ill., announce an exclusive benefit to ACPA contractor members and others interested in purchasing previously owned concrete pavement equipment and accessories.                                                                                        

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

ACPA members who are registered on contractor-to-contractor equipment website, “The Concrete Yard” will receive exclusive emails that list used equipment and accessories ahead of their scheduled postings to the site.  This service allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website. 

To take advantage of this special program, ACPA members should click on the special banner on the ACPA website, or alternatively, check the link on the Member Benefits section of the new website.   

About the Concrete Yard
 “The Concrete Yard” is a portal for contractor-to-contractor negotiated sales of concrete plants; slipform and form-riding paving equipment; placers and trimmers; concrete paving forms; conveyors and dust-control systems; and stringline equipment and accessories.

The portal is well organized and easy to navigate.   Sellers pay no listing fees, and may simply contact “The Yard” with equipment listings.  Barrett recommends providing as much information as possible, noting that the best listings include “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  This includes:

  • Company info and contact(s).
  • Equipment specifications.
  • Maintenance & repair records.
  • Build sheet, if available.
  • Photos and videos, if available.

Buyers simply log in, then browse the site for current machine and accessory listings.   Interested buyers complete a quick query, and then, Barrett provides an excellent breadth and depth of information, including:

  • Information about the current owner.
  • Where the machine/accessory is located.
  • The means to speak with the operator or mechanic.
  • The cost of the equipment with minimal mark up.
  • The ability to submit reasonable offers.
  • The ability to find the best possible freight rates.

Prior to making an offer on equipment/accessories, buyers are asked to be fully aware of terms and conditions of “The Yard,” which are available upon request.

About Barrett Equipment
Equipment Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business which sells concrete paving equipment. The company created “The Yard” with the vision of halting the devaluation of the used concrete-equipment market, and to give contractors and ready mix producers the best options available when buying and selling concrete equipment. 

Illinois Tollway Open House Spotlights Sustainability

More than 125 transportation construction officials participated in the Illinois Tollway’s Open House. Sponsored by the National Concrete Pavement Technology, the 1.5 day event included presentations that focused on sustainable construction materials and practices.

The event drew officials from more than 25 state transportation agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, along with representatives from industry and academia. 

Although sustainability was the main focus of the overall program, the participants also had the opportunity to see presentations that covered other essential details about the project, including recycled aggregate (including “black rock” and recycled concrete aggregates); soils; subbases; and the composite mainline concrete. The project featured a two-lift concrete overlay on asphalt, as well as pervious asphalt pavement. Participants also heard presentations about the pavement design; mixture design; and sustainability measurement using  the FHWA’s INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) and Life-Cycle Assessment tools.
ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt commended the Tollway officials, not only for researching innovative construction materials, designs, and construction methods, but also for implementing them quickly and decisively. 

Voigt also moderated a contractor panel that included Rick Sniegowski, K-Five Construction; Bill Madden, Plote Construction; Mark Barkowski, F.H. Paschen, and Randy Riley, Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc. The three contractors are involved in the pavement construction in the multi-phase project.

On the second day of the event, participants had the opportunity to see the mainline paving; construction of a bridge deck; and the central-mix and ready-mixed concrete plant operations. Participants also had the opportunity to see demonstrations of the pervious asphalt and MIT scan device. 

The project showcased was on the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 9) from the Elgin Toll Plaza (Cook County) to Genoa Road (Boone County). The project is part of a 15-year, 12 billion capital program aimed at improving mobility, relieving congestion; and reducing pollution.

Industry Influences Legislation for Transportation Spending

Several states are considering ways to increase their transportation spending, and so,  we are looking at one positive example of how the transportation construction industry—along with organizations that represent motorists, businesses, and others who rely on highways—helped with the passage of a massive funding measure.

In Pennsylvania last November, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law a five-year, $2.3 billion funding measure to address the Commonwealth’s transportation needs through 2018. The bill will ramp up to an additional $1.65 billion in funding for state roads and bridges for 2017-2018. 

Led by the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition, a large contingent of construction industry organizations representing the concrete pavement and asphalt pavement industries; aggregate producers; bridge builders; construction engineers; labor unions; and others, united with a diverse group of people and organizations to educate and persuade legislators of the importance and dire need for this funding to improve the safety and quality of life for all in the Keystone State.

“It was a multi-pronged effort,” explained John Becker, P.E., President of the ACPA Pennsylvania Chapter. He said one of the keys to success was unifying the road and bridge construction industries, as well as bringing the highway user community together to support the effort.

“We also included mass transit, rail, bicycle advocates, and aviation interests in the effort,” Becker said. He added this was important because Pennsylvania has two major urban areas, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which rely heavily on public transportation. “There are many votes that come with support of those modes,” he said.

The funding measure involves gradually removing an artificial cap on fuel tax over a five year period.  It also involves minor changes in vehicle registration and driver licensing fees, as well as changes to traffic violation fines, surcharges, and permits. There also were reforms to local government funding provisions; the establishment of a one-of-a-kind multimodal fund; and several other transportation-related provisions, including several that are specific to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and public transportation.

Becker offered advice to highway construction advocates and others who might be involved in similar funding measures: Engage the highway users and all modes of transportation, he said.

“Remember that buses drive on pavements and bridges, too,” he said, noting that it is especially important to involve other mass transit, trucking, and other transportation modes.

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