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ASCE to Co-Host Presidential Forum on Infrastructure

Infrastructure issues have dominated headlines over the past year, but in spite of strong voter support for action, these issues have remained largely absent from the Presidential debates thus far, says ASCE. 

As such ASCE, along with other associations and labor groups* announced a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum focused solely on infrastructure, to be held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, during President’s Day Weekend 2020.

ASCE says the forum will be an opportunity for candidates to address the challenges facing American roads and transit systems, bridges and railroads, ports and airports and water and wastewater systems, as well as present their vision for an infrastructure plan that supports a strong economy, job creation, consumer safety and national security. 

* In addition to ASCE, the forum will be co-hosted by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Transportation Workers Union, American Public Transportation Association, Value of Water Campaign, American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. 

Research Shows Positive Early Opening Results

Research results by the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA) and MnDOT show some positive results for early opening of concrete pavements.

MnROAD personnel conducted early life load testing during the test period. This included passage of a ¾-ton pickup approximately 2 hours after placement (to induce visible damage), followed by the movement of an 80,000-lb snow plow the following day.

As soon as the pavement was placed and instrumented, the load testing and analysis followed. Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT Research Operations Engineer, explains research teams performed early loading in a sequence based on maturity of the concrete. Maturity was calculated or read as a function of internal temperature of the concrete and time.

When the pavement reached 100 degree Celsius-hour (100 °C-Hr.), the trucks were driven on one of four cells (to the edge of the cell), then reversed and back over it again. Likewise, when the maturity reached 200 °C-Hr., a second cell was tested. This proceeded in a similar fashion until all four cells were loaded and tested. 

To see videos of the tests follow these YouTube links:  

Click here to read more about the research project. NRRA is a pooled fund program with a mandate to improve the future sustainability of our roads through research and a commitment to cooperative implementation. Special thanks to Matt Zeller of CPAM for sharing this information. 

ACPA Announces Excellence Award Recipients

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada.  The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship, quality and creativity in constructing,   rehabilitating and restoring concrete pavement projects.  

The award-winning projects were paved by 23 different contractors.  Projects are located in 15 ACPA areas represented by ACPA-affiliated Chapters and State paving associations.  Winners were determined by 41 professionals who devoted their time and expertise to serve as judges.   

The program recognizes contractors, engineers, and project owners who completed outstanding projects.   Please click on links below for more information and photo of the award recipients.  To see all the award photos (recipients and projects, please click here).

The 2019 award recipients are:

Silver Commercial Service & Military Airports The Lane Construction Corporation
Gold Commercial Service & Military Airports Ideker, Inc.
Silver Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Interstate Highway Construction, Inc.
Gold Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Duit Construction Co., Inc.
Silver County Roads Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Gold County Roads Interstate Highway Construction, Inc.
Silver Divided Highways (Rural) Golden Triangle Construction Company
Gold Divided Highways (Rural) Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Silver Divided Highways (Urban) Koss Construction Company
Gold Divided Highways (Urban) Archer Western Construction, LLC
Gold Industrial Paving McCarthy Improvement Company
Silver Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30k SY) Complete Concrete, Inc.
Gold Municipal Streets & Intersections (<30k SY) Ptaschinski Construction Company
Silver Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30k SY) Prus Construction
Gold Municipal Streets & Intersections (>30k SY) Castle Rock Construction Company
Gold Overlays (Airports) Hi-Way Paving, Inc.
Silver Overlays (Highways) Croell Inc.
Gold Overlays (Highways) E&B Paving, Inc.
Gold Overlays (Streets and Roads) Milestone Contractors
Silver RCC (Industrial) AG Peltz Group, LLC
Gold RCC (Industrial) Morgan Corp.
Silver RCC (Special Application) Andale Construction, Inc.
Gold RCC (Special Application) FBD Vanguard Construction, Inc.
Silver Reliever & General Aviation Airports E&B Paving, Inc.
Gold Reliever & General Aviation Airports Cedar Valley Corp., LLC
Silver State Roads Primco, Inc.
Gold State Roads Emery Sapp & Sons


Happy Thanksgiving!

Ahead of what promises to be a busy holiday travel period, we’re pleased to present you with this early edition of ACPA TODAY. This special edition is also the perfect opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Starting Monday, ACPA staff will be in New Orleans, putting the final touches on our 56th Annual Meeting, which of course, runs Tuesday through Thursday. Our offices will open again on Monday, Dec. 9.  

If you have still not registered for the meeting, please stop by the ACPA Annual Meeting registration desk at the New Orleans Marriott. You’ll find it in the Mardi Gras Foyer beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3.  Online registration is no longer available through ACPA, but to see the annual meeting program, please click hereWe look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! 

Inside the AHUA Annual Meeting

The American Highway Alliance (AHUA) annual meeting recently covered timely transportation topics, including transportation program reauthorization updates, funding challenges and more. The meeting marked the first annual meeting for recently appointed President & CEO Laura Perrotta

The meeting also included remarks by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim Tymon of AASHTO, and Helena Zyblikewycz, Staff Director of the House T&I Committee, as well as other leading transportation officials.

In broad strokes, the overall tone and tenor of remarks was cautiously optimistic. The House T&I are working quietly behind the scenes in a bi-partisan way. They are shooting for early next year to release a bill. However, finding a sustainable funding source that also stabilizes the highway trust fund remains the main obstacle. Similarly, on the Senate side, identifying viable funding mechanisms remains a challenge. Although, the relevant committees of jurisdiction do appear to be working across the aisle on a solution. The primary “touchstones” of a funding solution appear to be: The bill must be paid for, users should pay, and the solution must be sustainable.

A panel discussion on reauthorization included perspectives from three former US DOT Secretaries: Hon. James Burnley (1983-87 and 1987-89), the Hon. Rodney Slater (1997-2001), and the Hon. Norman Mineta (2001-06). Mr. Mineta also served as RM and Chairman of the House T&I Committee for two years. Mr. Slater also served as FHWA Administrator from 1993 to 1997.

The meeting also included a keynote luncheon with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Also presenting remarks were Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL). Other presenters included Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow and Editor, Eno Transportation Weekly, and Richard Russell, Staff Director, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. Leif Wathne represented ACPA at the meeting.
Photo: Panel discussion includes perspectives from three former US DOT Secretaries, whose leadership tenures with the agency spans more than 30 years.

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