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Open House Features Mobile Concrete Trailer

The FHWA and Colorado DOT (CDOT) are bringing the Mobile Concrete Trailer to Colorado on May 17. The open house is sponsored by the FHWA, CDOT, the CP Tech Center, and the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA.  

The open house will focus on Performance Engineered Mixture (PEM) test methods near the C-4 design-build project in South Denver. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CDOT maintenance yard, 8800 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton.

The MCT is a valuable resource to agencies and industry, and includes state-of-the-art concrete technology used in materials selection, mixture design, field and laboratory testing, and pavement evaluation. Some of the new and emerging test methods to be featured include:

  • The Super Air Meter (SAM), which measures air void characteristics of concrete; 
  • Surface Resistivity, a rapid measurement that indicates concrete permeability; 
  • Box Test, which measures workability; and 
  • V-Kelly, another measure of workability. 

Please follows the highlighted links for registration and an event flyer. For questions or more information, contact:  Jagan Gudimettla, FHWA MCT (Jagan.m.gudimettla.ctr@dot.gov or 703.963.4939) or Angela Folkestad, CO/WY Chapter (afolkestad@pavement.com or 303.947.9576).

Cement & Concrete Fly-In Update

More than 100 industry professionals gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the second annualCement and Concrete Industry Fly-In.  The two-day event included  several panels and policy sessions focusing on environmental, health, and safety regulatory and legislative topics that impact the industry.  

Among the highlights were a welcome/briefing by keynote speakers Sen. Ted Cruz and House T&I Chairman Bill Shuster; an event in honor of Rep.  Jason Lewis; and a closing reception honoring the 2018 Cement and Concrete Champions Rep. Charlie Dent and Rep. Daniel Lipinski.

On the second day, 14 small teams attended more than 100 meetings with lawmakers to urge infrastructure investment and talk about other topics important to contractors, cement producers, and other members of the associations.   

Since the fly-in, PCA’s Rachel Derby says the House  has passed the FAA Reauthorization, which included the industry supported Disaster Recovery Reform Act and provided stable funding for the Airport Improvement Program. It also removed unnecessary restrictions on the PFC, which will allow airports to more effectively finance projects.  Also, sponsorship for the PAID Act has increased  and Congressional offices are even more aware of our industries’ priorities.

Throughout the event, PCA and ACPA, along with members & affiliates of both associations, supported the messages being delivered on Capitol Hill with a robust social media program that emphasized infrastructure investment, while also discussing facts about the importance of cement and concrete industries to the nation’s economy. 

 

ACPA to Present Jointing Workshops in Florida

ACPA will present two concrete pavement jointing workshops in Florida next week.   Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder will deliver the training, which is designed for FDOT, local agencies, consulting engineers, pavement designers, technical staff, contractors, and suppliers

Sponsored by the Florida DOT, the Florida Chapter-ACPA (FP&CA), and ACPA, the workshops will each feature two days of  hands-on design instruction and practical construction and quality information.   The May 8 and 9 session, to be held in Davie, will concentrate on design, but also will cover construction and quality.  The May 10 and 11 track, to be held in Gainesville, will emphasize construction & quality, but will also cover design.

Complete details, location information, and registration costs and instructions are outlined in a registration flyer available here.

Save the Dates for ACPA Airport Workshop

ACPA encourages members, Chapters/States, and others to save the date for the annual ACPA Airport Workshop.  The three-day training and tech transfer event will be held August 28 through 30 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.   

This popular workshop has had record attendance the past three years, so please block the dates on your calendars if you are involved in designing, constructing, or rehabbing concrete pavements for commercial and military airports.   Discussions of the FAA’s P501 and UFGS 32 13 11 are popular topics for the workshop.

Look for updates by “blast” emails and in ACPA TODAY as agenda details and presenters are confirmed.

Register Now for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting is quickly approaching, so be sure to reserve hotel rooms and register for the event as soon as possible.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, CO.

The meeting will include a workshop called, “Concrete Pavement and New Transportation Technology – Shape the Future!”  This workshop will provide a long-term view of the concrete pavement industry in the context of broad changes and megatrends occurring now and the years ahead.  

Committee and task force meetings are also a key part of  two-day meeting program. (The board meeting, by invitation only, will be held on June 14.)

Please visit the “one-stop” hotel and event registration website today. 

 

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