ACPA and NACA Partners to Present Webinar on Infrastructure Proposals
- Tuesday, 06 February 2018 20:38
ACPA and other member associations of the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) will present a webinar that discusses the current status of infrastructure proposals being advanced in Washington, D.C.
“Cement and Concrete Industry: Infrastructure State of the Union” will be presented on Tuesday, February 13, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) / 10 a.m. (CST).
ACPA and other NACA members will present an overview and insights into proposals advanced by the White House and on Capitol Hill, as well as political factors and other considerations. ACPA’s Leif Wathne will partake in a discussion on what NACA is doing on behalf of ACPA members and the cement and concrete industries, and also present insights on both highway and airport reauthorization and funding issues.
The webinar is offered free of charge, but simple registration is required. Click here to register online.
NACA is a coalition of twelve concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. NACA is working to advance an infrastructure package that supports priorities of the cement and concrete industry.
SPS Tech Day Events Planned
- Tuesday, 06 February 2018 15:44
A series of events focusing on SPS Pavements are planned for the year, according to Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnerhip.
SPS pavements are the focal point of the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, which represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States. Scofield has been studying and evaluating SPS-2 pavements and organizing events that discuss concrete pavement preservation treatments, their service lives, and the overall SPS-2 program.
The first such event will be held in Phoenix on February 21. The registration period has closed, Scofield explained, but additional events are planned. Dates or time frames, as well as states where other events will be held include:
- Colorado (Denver) – March 23;
- Washington (Ritzville) – May 2;
- Kansas (Abilene) – Tentatively on May 21-25;
- Iowa (Pleasant Hill) – Tentatively May or June; and
- North Dakota (Bismark) – Tentatively July or August.
Additional details are being developed and will be provided as they become available. For additional information, please contact Scofield at email@example.com or at 480.775.0908.
View the photos from the Annual ACPA/TRB reception
- Tuesday, 06 February 2018 12:36
Here are some photo highlights of our reception at the 97th Annual TRB Meeting in Washington, D.C. Click on the individual photos to see enlarged views or download to your computer!
NACA to Congressional Leaders: Make the Tough Choice
- Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:09
In a letter penned by the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), leaders of 12 cement and concrete associations, including ACPA, urged U.S. House and Senate Leadership to put partisan politics aside and act as statesmen and stateswomen to pass “bipartisan legislation that provides for robust investment in infrastructure with a sustainable long-term funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund.”
In crafting the letter, ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne added straightforward language urging Congress to put an end to “freeloading on investments made by a previous generation of Americans that were willing to make the tough but necessary investments in this country’s future success.” They note that Congress’ inaction under the “false pretense of fiscal conservatism” has resulted in “squandering those [past] investments by allowing our infrastructure to crumble and collapse,” further adding, “There is nothing conservative about allowing the very civil infrastructure that allows our commerce and economy to flourish, to just fall apart.”
This tough talk underscores the resolve and goal of ACPA to push hard on behalf of its members for solutions to highway and other infrastructure funding, including a durable solution to the Highway Trust Fund. At the same time, it is aimed at addressing the urgency of advancing legislation that resolves the “mounting crisis of our nation’s failing infrastructure.” Click here to see the complete letter.
Spring Meeting Announced for NC2 and TCCC
- Monday, 05 February 2018 11:28
The spring 2018 meeting of the Technology Transfer Concrete Consortium (TTCC) and National Concrete Consortium (NC2) will be held April 24 through 26 at The Coeur d’Alene resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The event begins with a TTCC pooled-fund TAC breakfast meeting on April 24, followed by the NC2 general session. Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) takes center stage at the meeting, with presentations by officials from the FHWA, CP Tech Center, and state agencies. A session on latex-modified bridge deck overlays follows in the afternoon. On April 25, discussions will focus on alternatives to the traditional ways (methods and materials) used in concrete placement, and the day will conclude with discussions on ongoing research. For a complete agenda, click here.
Registration for all but government officials is offered online through April 13: http://www.cptechcenter.org/ncc/TTCC-NCCMeetings.cfm. For hotel registrations, call 888-965-6542 or click here to visit the hotel registration page. Use group code NCONCRETE18 to obtain the discounted rate of ($149/$179).
Rounding out the three-day meeting is a local tour of the US 95 Sand Creek Byway project scheduled for Thursday.