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ACPA Participates in Joint Industry Meeting

Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport represented ACPA at the first-ever combined meeting of the National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and Portland Cement Association in Houston.  The meeting March 4 through 6. 

Key focal points were the PCA Paving Committee, PCA Communications Committee, and Board of Directors’ meeting.  ACPA’s participation in the meeting also created opportunities for further discussion about collaborative efforts, including the continued implementation and promotion of

ACPA Participates in AASHTO Washington Briefing

Leif Wathne attended AASHTO’s Washington Briefing last week, including the Transportation Policy Forum Meeting, where AASHTO’s policy priorities were reviewed and discussed. 

The highest priority is fixing the HTF as part of any infrastructure legislative package that may be advanced.  Several revenue mechanisms are  recommended, including raising the taxation rate (fee rates) of existing federal revenue streams, including the motor fuels tax; heavy vehicle user fees; and sales tax on trucks, trailers and truck tires.

FAA authorization that grows the AIP program is also a policy priority for AASHTO. Congressional Leadership priorities were also highlighted during the briefing, as provided by the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the House T&I and Senate EPW committees.  

It’s still unclear how Congress will tackle infrastructure in the wake of the Administration’s release of its proposal, but one challenge is coming up with the requisite revenues to provide meaningful, sustainable infrastructure investment long term.   It was clear during the meeting the longer Congress waits to address this challenge, the more costly it will be. 

ACPA Participates in Virginia Concrete Conference

Eric Ferrebee participated in the Virginia Concrete Conference, in Richmond, Va., last week.   The event drew approximately 400 professionals, who had the opportunity to hear Eric’s presentation on About 50 participants participated in a special breakout session Eric presented. The session covered FDR, RCC, and the Commonwealth’s transition from AASHTO 93 to Pavement ME. 

Update on SPS Tech Day Events

Following our previous story about the  SPS Pavement Tours, additional details are available on several of the events, according to Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership.

Dates and locations for upcoming events are:

  • Colorado (Denver) – March 23;
  • Washington (Ritzville) – May 2; 
  • Iowa (Pleasant Hill) – May 30; and
  • Kansas – October 2 and 3.

SPS pavements are the focal point of the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, which represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States.  

For the events noted above, please contact the local ACPA-Affiliated Chapter/State paving association in the states noted above. Additional events are being planned, and details will be sent included in future issues of ACPA TODAY.  For additional information,  please contact Scofield at or at 480.775.0908. 


Register for the Cement & Concrete Fly-In

ACPA is urging all members and affiliates to participate in the annual Cement & Concrete Fly-In, scheduled for April 24 and 25 in Washington, D.C. Given the Trump Administration’s focus on infrastructure investment, as well as reauthorization proposals being developed, now is the time to let elected officials know about our priorities, as well as the need for funding and a durable HTF fix.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear legislative briefings and to be part of the discussion with Congressional offices and other Federal officials.   

Click here to see the agenda; here to register for the event; and here to reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. 

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