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Pennsylvania in the News

Kudos to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Pennsylvania Chapter-ACPA, and all involved in the Pennsylvania Turnpike story about the project on the Southern Beltway. The story appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (and was cited in Concrete Construction magazine). 

The story described the process of producing quality concrete and using some precise process controls in both the mixture and placement. Kudos to John Becker of the Penn. Chapter, who was one of several experts quoted in the story. 

We reported on this project as part of our coverage of the Pennsylvania Chapter’s successful concrete paving tour last week, but we thought this front page story deserved a second look. This also gives us the opportunity to thank and credit Rich Jucha for the great photos used in both our posts about this project. Look for detailed coverage in the 4th quarter issue of CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS.

CEMEX Opens its First U.S. Admixture Blending Plants

CEMEX announced on Sept. 5 the opening of the company’s first admixture blending plant in the United States. The plant will provide CEMEX’s nearby ready-mix plants with up to 16 different products for regular and high performance concrete. When fully-operational, the Brooksville, FL-plant will service close to 160 company ready mix facilities throughout Florida and the mid-south region. 

In related news, CEMEX announced on Sept. 12 that it has purchased a turnkey aggregates quarry from Blue Star Materials II.  The 122-acre site and quarry plant are located in Chico, Texas, about 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

For more information about both these developments, visit CEMEX’ press room

ACPA Presents Plan to Improve Market Impact  

During PCA’s summer meetings in Chicago last week, ACPA presented a draft plan to achieve greater efficiencies and marketplace impact.  The plan was based on feedback from the July 12 Industry Paving Summit involving leadership and staff of ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA.

Andy Gieraltowski and Jerry Voigt, with input and guidance from the ACPA Board of Directors, provided detailed analysis of market dynamics to inform a plan to increase market share for concrete pavements over the next 10 years. On a parallel path, Leif Wathne, along with other staff and leaders of the three associations, identified critical activities that would support the plan, also based on input received during the summit. 

The plan was presented to the PCA Paving and Executive Committees during the association’s summer meeting.  ACPA will now make revisions and present a refined plan at the next PCA meeting in October.



ACPA Announces Excellence Award Recipients

ACPA congratulates the recipients of the 29th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards. Twenty-two contractors located in 13 states or regions represented by ACPA-affiliated Chapters and State paving associations. Winners were determined by 40 professionals who devoted their time and expertise to serve as judges.

ACPA will formally recognize the recipients of the 27 awards during the 29th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 29th at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Specific award levels (gold and silver) will be revealed at the awards banquet.  To preview the award recipients (contractors; agencies/owners; engineers) and project names, please click here.


ACPA Presents Airport Pavement Workshop

ACPA last week presented it annual three-day national workshop on best ractices used in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements used for airport applications. 

The workshop program featured technical presentations by subject matter experts with practical experience in the topic areas, including the use of the FAA’s P501 and UFGS 32 13 11 concrete pavement specifications. Leading the discussions were experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Transportation System Center, the Headquarters office of the FAA, ACPA, and companies with direct involvement in FAA and USACE projects.

About  50 people participated in the training and tech transfer event, which was held August 28 through 30 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.   

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