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CBO Evaluates VMT Tax on Trucks

As Congress seeks long-term funding solutions, one option lawmakers are considering is a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.  LANDLINE magazine (Oct. 21) reported  the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently published its analysis of a VMT tax on commercial trucks. The report looks at the dynamics of such a tax, including benefits and disadvantages. 

The report identified three main areas upon which lawmakers will need evaluate, including:

  • The tax base – including the types of trucks to be taxed and on which roads the tax will apply.
  • VMT rate structure – whether the tax will be applied uniformly to all trucks or vary by truck configuration, weight or location. 
  • Implementation method – considering taxes using odometer readings, radio-frequency identification readers or onboard devices such as electronic logging devices.

Click here to see the full CBO report.

Photo:  Steadily increasing truck traffic, including these semis traveling on an Indiana highway, will require various funding options to enable agencies to build and maintain durable highways.  (Credit: American Concrete Pavement Association.)

Airport Workshop Covers Specs, Standards and More

ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design and Construction Workshop this week provided training on best practices used in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of airport concrete pavements.  Led by Gary Mitchell, the workshop program included technical presentations by subject matter experts with practical experience in a wide range of topic areas. 

Gary and other experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Transportation System Center, the headquarters office of the FAA, and companies with direct involvement and vast experience in FAA and USACE projects led discussions and provided a wealth of information about FAA and military concrete pavement specifications.   One of the hallmarks of the annual training is the opportunities throughout the program to present questions and exchange information about current best practices in design and construction topics. 

Discussions and Q&A periods are candid, robust and aimed at improving awareness, interpreting differences, and applying practical information to FAA and military pavement projects.  The workshop this year included 65 participants, including owners’ representatives/engineers, contractor personnel, and others with an interest in concrete pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation for airport applications. 

Photo:  Dr. Craig Rutland, Pavement Subject Matter Expert with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center, describes why strict requirements for high quality and durable pavements are vitally important to US Air Force. 

Countdown Continues to AM56. Are You Ready?

With fewer than 40 days to go until ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting, our recently expanded hotel room block will soon be completely sold out!  ACPA is once again reminding anyone who hasn’t yet finalized plans to do so as soon as possible.   To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, please register as soon as possible by following our reservation link or visiting the event website

When registering for the annual meeting, don’t forget to select the optional golf outing and some of our exciting and fun-filled excursions. ACPA will provide transportation to and from the event, so bring your sticks (or rent clubs onsite) and enjoy a great time with friends and industry colleagues! 

You won’t want to miss the other optional activities that we have arranged during breaks in our meeting schedule  Enjoy some great views of nature with our airboat  tour through the nearby bayous and swamps.  For those who dare, our “Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour” offers some chilling experiences as you venture into some local haunts.  Bring your friends and colleagues for an evening of fun, some unforgettable selfies and some exceptional craft cocktails. If you’re bringing a spouse or guest, be sure to check out our Special Culture and Cuisine Tour … and remember, spouses are welcome at our Mardi Gras reception and of course, they may register to attend our closing awards banquet, too! 

As a reminder, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is  Scheduled for December 1 through 5, ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott.  This year’s theme, “Concrete and all that jazz!” highlights the spirit and culture of New Orleans, and of course, the focus on concrete pavements!   

ACPA Presents Pavement Design Training

Continuing our efforts to provide training on concrete pavement design and build awareness of design resources, Eric Ferrebee delivered a technical presentation on cement-based pavement design tools and methods  at the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati this week.  The presentation was part of a track called “Design and Construction of Concrete Streets and Local Roads.”  Eric covered various ACI design guides and then explained that is the basis for much of the structural design.  

Other presenters for the session were Brian Killingsworth, NRMCA, who spoke about soils and substructure design.  Amanda Hult, also of NRMCA, covered construction and jointing.  Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center (an ACPA technology partner) presented on concrete overlays.  

The dates of the ACI event are Oct. 20 through 24.  The purpose of the annual convention is to provide a forum for networking and education, as well as an opportunity discuss the concrete industry’s codes, specifications, and guides. 

Welcome Amber Davis

Amber Davis has been named as ACPA’s new Office Administrator. In this role with the Association, she assists staff with project management and other project support, responds to member and other customer emails, fulfills literature/information requests, and helps maintain ACPA’s membership information. She also assists with seminar and training registration; front office duties and programs; and event and trade show planning and support.

Prior to joining ACPA, she worked as an Office and Event Manager for a real estate and event management company. She also studied under a design firm as an executive assistant and used that experience to cofound and manage an interior design collective. Amber graduated with a degree in child development from Century College. She also has a technical degree in travel and hospitality.

Her contact information is and 847.423.8700.

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