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ACPA and Allies Focus on Competition

ACPA and allied trade associations PCA and NRMCA continue to articulate the benefits of competition in the paving marketplace, noting that fostering competition extends the purchasing power of highway investments.

Two of the latest examples of this may be found in a co-authored article by ACPA’s Leif Wathne and NRMCA’s Glenn Ochsenreiter.   The article, “How the Concrete Paving Industry is Advancing by Promoting the Value of Competition,” appeared in the third quarter issue of NRMCA’s InFocus magazine.

The article discusses how “in an effort to educate and inform customers of the advantages of competition, the traditional ‘concrete vs. asphalt’ dialogue is not part of the discussion at the national level.  We simply point out that both materials have benefits in specific circumstances, and are quick to add that asphalt rhetoric demeaning concrete is an effort by special interests to maintain a monopoly advantage.

This article, along with the association’s unified presence and messaging at trade shows, is taking aim of the fact that more than half the states in the nation spend more than 85% of their pavement dollars on only one pavement type.

Earlier this week, ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA were articulating this and other points at the American Public Works Congress & Exposition in Phoenix.   Exhibiting as the Alliance for Pavement Competition, the three organizations are taking the messages about competition directly to public officials across the country.

Earlier this year, the alliance partners exhibited at the National Association of County Executives annual conference and exposition.   The alliance partners also will be carrying the message forward for a second consecutive year at the upcoming AASHTO Annual Meeting, scheduled for September 24 through 28 in Chicago.

Site Visit Provides Opportunity to Gain Insights on Airport Overlay Project

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo.  Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

Tour Group – Photo shows (L-R) Ernesto Larrazabal, Rico Fung, Garry Price, Chris Stewart, Gary Mitchell, William Wetzel, and Guy Zummo. Not shown in the photo was Thomas Amoia.

ACPA and the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) recently arranged a tour at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President – Airports & Pavement Technology, and Rico Fung, CAC’s Director, Markets and Technical Affairs (and current Chairman of the ACPA Chapter/State Committee), teamed up to arrange the site visit.  

Fung is promoting the use of concrete overlay on some rehabilitation work at Toronto Pearson International Airport and wanted officials to view the project. The group had an opportunity to tour the Runway 4L-22R concrete reconstruction project, which includes an 18 in. concrete overlay of an existing asphalt runway.

Guy Zummo,  P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Consulting Engineer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) helped set up the tour for Chris Stewart, P.Eng., Manager, Airside and Infrastructure Engineering, and Garry Price, A.A.E., GSC, Manager of Capital Restoration Projects, both of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). Zummo is now the new Chief Civil Engineer for PANYNJ, following the retirement of Scott Murrell.  Incidentally, prior to being appointed to his current position, ACPA accompanied Zummo on a similar tour at Washington Dulles Airport when he was the PANYNJ design engineer for an earlier JFK concrete runway project.

Unlike most agencies, which hire consultants, Zummo and his PANYNJ staff provided the design, plans, specifications, and construction administration for the project, Mitchell said. Mitchell said the work by Tutor Perini Corporation’s Cherry Hill Construction subsidiary is outstanding. The project is expected to be finished in late September.

“The GTAA engineers are very impressed with the execution and quality of the project,” said CAC’s Fung.  “This visit helps to plant the seed of concrete overlay as a viable rehabilitation strategy for Toronto’s existing asphalt and concrete airfield pavements.”

CRSI Seeks Long-Life CRCP Project Info, Photos

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is asking ACPA members and Chapter/State personnel to supply project information and photos for use in project profiles on continuously reinforced concrete pavements (CRCP).

Working with CRSI to develop the case histories and other resources, Robert Rodden, P.E., says the plan is to develop and post CRCP profiles this fall.

He says CRSI hopes to “collect at least one project from each state that has provisions for building this type of pavement.”  He added that multiple projects will help people understand the versatility of the product.

Rodden noted that the case histories may include web links and logos of the contractor companies involved, as well as web links of materials and equipment suppliers and others involved in the project.   Internal hyperlinks to CRSI resources also will be included, as well as external resources.

Rodden is responsible for finding, compiling, organizing, and presenting the project profiles.  ACPA members and Chapter/State affiliates interested in providing information and photos are encouraged to contact him at or 847.867.8589.

Tech Transfer Initiative Focuses on CRCP Awareness, Education

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is pursuing a comprehensive resource development and technology CRSItransfer initiative aimed at building awareness of continuously reinforced concrete pavements (CRCPs).  (See related story, “CRSI Seeks Long-Life CRCP Project Info, Photos.”)

This program represents more than 70 years of institutional knowledge, according to CRSI. “CRSI recognizes that there needs to be a central repository for information on CRCP,” said Greg Halsted, P.E., Western Region Manager for CRSI. 

“It seems like a natural fit that CRSI be the one to gather the available information and make it readily and freely accessible to anyone who wishes to be informed.” The initiative involves developing and maintaining a repository of CRCP information, which is intended to educate and inform state transportation agencies, contractors, consultants, and others with an interest in the technology.  The initiative is led by CRSI and supported by a Federal Highway Administration Cooperative Agreement.

Updated Web Resource
Key to the effort is the website, which originally went live in late 2008.  A new Cooperative Agreement has allowed CRSI to do a complete overhaul and update of the site.  

ACPA alumnus Robert Rodden, P.E., has been reworking the site. Visitors to the website will see a growing number of technical resources, research reports, and other resources, all focused on CRCP applications. Developing the content has been a collaborative effort, and to that end, ACPA has supported this effort with a number of documents, which can be viewed at  

ACPA also will be providing project profiles based on current and past “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards” submissions. Halsted says the goal of the site is to create a better understanding and acceptance of CRCP as a rigid pavement alternative to asphalt pavements.

“CRSI wants the roadbuilding community to recognize that CRCP is another option for pavement consideration, and we can supply information and expertise to allow them to make intelligent choices when it comes to their paving needs,” he says, emphasizing that “CRSI has never actively promoted the use of CRCP over other pavements.”

He cites a lack of awareness and experience as challenges. “There are currently 16 State Highway Agencies that have never built CRCP or have no practical experience. 

CRSI would like to see some of these states properly decide, design, and construct their own sections of CRCP,” Halsted says, adding, “FHWA would like to see two new states use CRCP within the life of this current Cooperative Agreement.  We are off to a good start as New Mexico DOT is considering its use for a project which bids next year.”

Far-Reaching Implications
Halsted said the technology transfer initiative has far-reaching implications, adding that “Worldwide, CRSI would simply like to be known as a prime source for information for pavement engineers considering the use of CRCP.” Since the relaunch in November 2014, has been accessed by more than 6,500 users from over 1,300 cities in 100 different countries, Rodden says.

“CRSI looks at these numbers as proof there is an already large and growing interest in CRCP,” Halsted says, adding, “CRCP is no longer thought of as simply a niche market or product, but rather a viable pavement alternative for a given set of traffic and environmental conditions.”

Addressing Misconceptions
Halsted adds that overcoming misconceptions is a key goal of the website, noting that putting the correct information into the hands of those considering using CRCP will go a long way to address concerns. “Too many agencies look solely at first cost, which can be a detriment to CRCP.  Explaining the life cycle advantages—in terms of both its longevity and economy—are key tenets of this technology transfer.” Another element of CRSI’s broad technology and knowledge transfer initiative is an update to its CRCP Design and Construction Guidelines by Jeff Roesler, Ph.D., P.E., Professor at the University of Illinois (and an ACPA member), along with Jake Hiller, Ph.D., Professor at Michigan Tech University. 

The update is a work in progress and will be added to CRSI’s website, but until then, existing design and construction guidelines may be viewed at:

Register Now for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop


ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop is scheduled for November 3 through 5 at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, Austin, Texas

This comprehensive training will cover airport pavement design and pre-construction considerations; pavement construction; specifications; and other related topics. 

The course also will include detailed information and a group discussion about interpreting and applying Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) P-501 and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 32 13 11 specifications in airport concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation.

The workshop will feature presentations by Gary Mitchell, ACPA: Doug Johnson, FAA; Dan Rozycki, The Transtec Group;  Toy Poole, CTLGroup; and other experts.

Participants in the course may earn up to 20 professional development hours (PDH’s) for this workshop. The cost of the workshop is $750 for ACPA members and government employees, and $950 for non–members. 

Click  here  to view a flyer for the workshop.   Click here  for registration information.


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