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Democratic Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure with President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure, according to a story in POLITICO this morning.  

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., the story reported, citing a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi is said to have requested the meeting during a phone conversation with the President on April 4.  

The transportation-construction industry, along with many others, will be eager to learn the outcome of the meeting, which if newsworthy, will be reported to ACPA members. Also today, ACPA and other transportation-construction industry leaders are particularly active on social media, calling for infrastructure investment and underscoring the urgent need to focus on highways, bridges and other surface transportation infrastructure. 

Click here to read the full story by POLITICO.

Photo credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo for POLITICO.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Still Time to Register for ASR Webinar

There’s still time to register  for an informative webinar covering Alkali-Silica-Reaction (ASR) in concrete pavements.

Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and ACPA, the webinar, “ASR Potential for Concrete Pavement Damage,” will be held Thursday, April 25 , from Noon to 1:30 CDT.

The webinar will be presented by Rolf Breitenbücher, Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) and an ISCP Director.  

Contractors, consultants, engineers and others with an interest in concrete pavement quality will benefit from this course, which provides an overview of the reaction mechanisms, suitable prevention measures, and techniques for evaluating ASR-afflicted pavements in situ. The webinar will address different ways to prevent ASR, including the limitation of the alkali content in the binder or a special selection of aggregates based on their ASR-sensitivity. Also included will be appropriate repair measures such as hydrophobing or top-layer replacement.

ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).  ACPA members can register online and receive the discounted rate of $30 for individuals or $75 for groups of six or fewer. 

There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required.  ISCP members are encouraged to log-in and obtain information through the ISCP website.  Some restrictions apply.  For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Professor Calls for Game Changing Roadway Plan

An informative new video explains how autonomous vehicles will save our roads. Produced by Dr. Tyler Ley, Professor of Structural Engineering at Oklahoma State University, the video provides an overview of the concept* and provides details about the Autonomous Truck Corridor (ATC) concept. 

In the video, Dr. Ley calls for a “massive, huge, game changer approach” to improving roadways. He also says there is a need to “create money, reduce traffic, improve safety, improve sustainability and create long-lasting roadways.”

The concept involves creating separated truck corridors that can allow autonomous trucks to travel together and to be powered by overhead electrical lines. Called the autonomous truck corridor or ATC, this special corridor will combine technologies that can help relieve challenges in deteriorating roads, relieve the shortage of long haul trucking drivers, allow autonomous vehicles an entry to the transportation market, resolve the limitations of a limited range of electric vehicles, reduce traffic-related congestion and delays for the traveling public, and reduce the 7% of greenhouse gas emissions from long haul trucking vehicles.

Click here to see the video. To learn more about the ATC concept, please click here to download an informative two-page flyer.

* People who contributed to this concept include: Paul Tikalsky, Kelvin Wang, Joshua Li, Dan Cook, Norb Delatte, and Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University;  Aleksandra Radlinska of Penn State; and Tara Cavaline, Don Chen, Matthew Whelan of UNC-Charlotte.

FHWA Offers Jointed Precast Concrete Resources

The FHWA has released two publications on jointed precast concrete pavements (JPrPCP). 

The “Guide Specification for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement” is a 23-page tech breif that includes considerations for the use of JPrCP based on the best practices observed from experiences of numerous highway agencies.  Click here to download the guide spec.

“Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement Panel Fabrication and Installation Checklists” is intended for agency/owner personnel, but also recommended for contractors who place JPrCP. Click here to download the 12-page checklist publication.


Industry Groups to Celebrate Colorado Concrete Day  

Three leading concrete industry groups today announced plans to participate in an event as part of State of Colorado recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, April 23.  

Governor Jared Polis recently issued the proclamation recognizing the importance of concrete to the state. The proclamation reads in part: “The State of Colorado recognizes the ready mixed concrete industry as important to furthering development in our state and appreciates the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees…”

The three industry groups include the American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and the American Concrete Pipe Association. The associations will host a picnic lunch for Colorado legislators and their staff members. The event, Concrete Day at the Capitol, will be held on the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

“Concrete is a part of so many things we build,” said Governor Polis. “The concrete industry is an important contributor to Colorado’s infrastructure, economy, and future. We look forward to celebrating at the Concrete Day at the Capitol BBQ and recognizing the thousands of employees that are making a difference in our state.” The Governor will attend this year’s event and address attendees.

The aim of the event is to recognize the hard work of the Colorado Legislature and their staff members, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of the concrete industry to the state of Colorado’s economic growth and sustainable development practices. 

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