AM56 Spotlights Transportation Topics and Peer Discussions
- Wednesday, 18 September 2019 09:47
What’s the outlook for U.S. highway programs and other surface transportation investment? This is one of the questions transportation experts will be addressing at the upcoming ACPA Annual Meeting.
Keynote remarks begin on Wednesday, December 4, with our CPU Opening Plenary Session, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Speakers and topics include:
- AASHTO’s Perspectives on the Future of the U.S. Highway Program – Jim Tyman, Executive Director; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (invited)
- Federal Highway Administration Outlook – Brian Fouch, PE, Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements, Federal Highway Administration, and
- The Value of Competition Between Industries: A Former DOT Secretary’s Perspective – Tom Smith, PE, Former Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation.
On Thursday, December 5, the 11th annual CPU program will continue after the ACPA distinguished service awards & recognition breakfast. Participants can select from eight interesting and informative concurrent CPU technical sessions. Breakout sessions 1, 3, 5 & 7 form a contractor/construction track. Breakouts 2, 4, 6 & 8 form a track of general interest to all.
Please register early to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott. To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website. For event registration, 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 http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.
Join the Discussion on Concrete Roundabouts
- Wednesday, 18 September 2019 08:50
The FHWA has declared this week as National Roundabouts Week. To promote the safety, environmental and performance benefits of concrete roundabouts, ACPA National and affiliated Chapters are posting photos, videos, and infographics all week (Sept. 16 through 20).
As part of our ongoing development of marketing and promotional strategies and tactics, ACPA developed a series of infographics earlier this summer to address some of the benefits of concrete pavement roundabouts.
We encourage all members, affiliates, and technology partners to join us and others in discussing roundabouts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media and communications channels. Be sure to tag your posts with #RoundaboutsWeek.
FMCSA Amends HOS Requirements
- Monday, 16 September 2019 11:15
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week formally amended some outdated hours-of-service (HOS) requirements, removing provisions that required 34-hour restart, which included two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The requirement also limited the use of a restart to once every 168 hours.
In a series of appropriations acts, Congress suspended the provisions, pending completion of a naturalistic study. Completed in 2017, the study found no statistically significant benefits from the restart rule. A 2017 appropriations act voided the restart rules, but the provisions remained in the Code of Federal Regulations until last week. The FMCSA’s action on September 12 was intended to avoid confusion.
PCA Moves DC Office
- Monday, 16 September 2019 11:12
The Portland Cement Association last week moved its Washington, D.C. offices to a new building. Please update your records to the Association’s new address at 200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington D.C., 20001. The main phone number for the office, 202.408.9494, remains the same.
Are You Using MIT’s Carbin App?
- Monday, 16 September 2019 11:06
MIT’s CARBIN app* allows drivers to measure road quality and sustainability factors in their area. The app is available through either the Apple Store for iPhones and the Google Play Store for Android phones.
Recent improvements in the app have enhanced this automatized system, which can be easily used to extract information on the quality of roads and their environmental impact at the city, state, or country scale. In related news, MIT is reminding users using to place their phones in a stable position before they start driving.
After using the app, be sure to check the results from your data inputs, as well as others who are contributing to this project by visiting: www.fixmyroad.us.
The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) also has a videotaped presentation on the “Fix My Road” initiative, including details about the “Carbin” smartphone app, a crowd-sourced tool that is building an ever-increasing amount of information about the condition of the world’s highways and roads. Click here to view.
* Please note: MIT will not collect your personnel information; the app “sees” each phone only as an anonymous, randomly assigned number that cannot be linked to any personal data.