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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.

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

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.  

LCCA Legislation Clears Hurdle in Mass.

Craig Dauphinais, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, reported on March 3 that LCCA legislation had been voted on “favorably” by the Commonwealth’s House & Senate Transportation Committees.

In support of “Life Cycle Cost for Long Term Pavement Solutions” (S1966), Leif Wathne, along with other officials representing the MC&AP, industry, labor, and the CS Hub, presented testimony in support of LCCA and the bill.  Leif submitted oral testimony to the House of Representatives, as well as written testimony to Rep. William Straus and then-State Senator Thomas McGee, co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on Transportation.  

“Working diligently and strategically with our allies in the cement and concrete industry to ensure state agencies adopt the best stewardship practices possible through use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis is not only good for our industry, it is good for the taxpayer,” Leif said.

SPS Tours Begin in Arizona

Larry Scofield reported a successful kick-off for the SPS-2 Pavement Preservation Tech Days.  The first event was in Arizona, and more are scheduled at other locations. 

Approximately 70 people observed classroom-style presentations, then visited the field test sections.  The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) provided a lane closure so the participants could evaluate first-hand the three miles of 25 year old test sections.

One unique aspect of this event was that the contractor who built the project, 25 years earlier, participated both as a speaker in the workshop and as an evaluator in the field.  In addition, a retired ADOT inspector who was on the original construction project, as well as the researcher involved in the design and construction also attended.

Click here for upcoming SPS Tech Day events.  Click here to see the full report and additional photos on the kick0ff event in Arizona.

Follow ACPA in the Media

ACPA is on track to break a record for earned media placements from 2017 through the end of 2018.  This is not an all-inclusive list, only a selection of media placements by topic.sample representation of some of the earned media (vs. paid advertising)  placements that have resulted from press releases, commentary, and other articles that are part of our 2018 media program, says Bill Davenport.  Click here to see a partial list of results.


ACPA Participates in Pennsylvania Concrete Conference

ACPA supported the Pennsylvania Chapter’s 20th annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference,  a 1.5 day event held February 21 and 22 in Harrisburg. Leif Wathne presented an update on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative. 

The chapter partners with a number of agencies/organizations to present attendees information on the latest innovations in concrete pavement and concrete/cement technologies, and important updates from PennDOT, the Turnpike, and the Federal Highway Administration. 



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