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MIT Fact Sheet Describes Asset Management

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub has published a one-page fact sheet that defines and explains roadway network asset management.

The fact sheet, called “Asset Management,” cites a $420 billion backlog for highway and roadway improvements and adds DOTs need to make sure their asset management is as cost-effective as possible. 

The one-pager describes a “mix of fixes,” noting that the approach of using a diverse set of paving materials mitigates financial risk for agencies. The executive level document also includes a case-history example describing how the North Carolina DOT could save $50 million annually over 50 years by embracing such an approach. Click here to download the fact sheet. 

US House Releases Latest COVID-19 Relief Legislation

House Democrats on Tuesday released the text of a $3 trillion, phase four economic relief package, according to reporting by The American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA).

The HEROES Act includes $15 billion for grants to support the ongoing work of State, Tribal, and Territorial Departments of Transportation to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, including the salaries of staff and other administrative expenses.

A vote on the legislation is expected this Friday. Senate Republicans have favored pumping the brakes on future spending until the current relief packages have some time to take effect and will be unlikely to rush to take up the House bill, AHUA says. 

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TRIP Report Explores Challenges Facing Rural Highways and Roads

The nation’s rural roads, highways and bridges face a $211 billion backlog in needed repairs and improvements. This is one of the key findings in TRIP’s latest report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” which was released Tuesday.

The 48-page publication details state-by-state rural pavement conditions, as well as other information that can benefit industry and public sector stakeholders responsible for planning, funding, building and preserving highways, roads and other surface transportation facilities. 

For more information, including a video report, appendices and other information, please visit TRIP’s dedicated web page

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Web Resource Chronicles CP Road Map Impacts

The CP Road Map (or Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology) concluded in 2019, but its impact on concrete pavement research and technology transfer has been substantial, according to the CP Tech Center in its April-May “Resources” newsletter.

The Center has developed a website that captures the history of the CP Road Map, which was formally introduced in 2001 as a collaborative effort among the FHWA, ACPA (and its Innovative Pavement Research Foundation), CP Tech Center (formerly the Iowa State University’s Center for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Technology). Over time, the initiative expanded in recognition that no single organization was large enough or well-resourced enough to pursue research & technology (R&T) needs alone. Federal, state and local agencies, industry and academia collaborated and contributed funding to what the large scale initiative.

The CP Tech Center has created a well-organized and comprehensive web-based resource center that captures the background, history, accomplishments, and research tracks that became the CP Road Map. A section called “So what now?” describes ongoing activities aimed at contributing further to concrete pavement R&T. Click here to explore the information, photos and other resources.

ACPA Supports Campaign to Re-Open, Renew and Revitalize

ACPA is supporting The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and its 31 member organizations in a targeted advertising and awareness campaign designed to encourage Congress to make new infrastructure investments as the major catalyst for economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

The primary message of the campaign is that reopening, renewing and revitalizing the economy starts with passage of a robust, multi-year transportation bill that creates jobs and keeps goods and services like medical supplies quickly moving to their destinations–now and for decades to come, according to a TCC press release.

The campaign’s message is directed at two audiences: legislators and their staffs on Capitol Hill and the four primary leaders who are critical to final passage of infrastructure investment legislation. The leaders are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The campaign features four components: cable TV, digital TV, Facebook ads and digital ads. In support of the campaign, ACPA is posting social media posts on Twitter and Facebook.


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