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FHWA Names Everett as Associate Administrator for Infrastructure

The FHWA has named Tom Everett as Associate Administrator for Infrastructure.  (Photo: Public Roads Magazine.)

The FHWA has named Tom Everett as Associate Administrator for Infrastructure. (Photo: Public Roads Magazine.)

Thomas (Tom) Everett has been named Associate Administrator for Infrastructure for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), according to an announcement from Gregory G. Nadeau, FHWA Administrator.

Since 2014, he served as Director, Office of Program Administration, overseeing the administration and implementation of the $44 billion Federal-aid highway program. He serves as a national authority developing and implementing highway infrastructure policies and performance standards across the 52 States and territories.

Under Everett’s leadership, “new State/FHWA agreements have been developed and implemented to ensure each division has the maximum legal flexibilities while executing the Federal-aid highway program,” the announcement states.

Everett also assisted Congress by drafting language for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and provided suggestions that would further improve the program.

He previously served for 10 years as a Structural Engineer Team Leader in the Office of Bridges and Structures, and has held other key leadership positions including Bridge Management/Inspection Engineer in the Resource Center; Technical Programs Team Leader in the Tennessee Division; and Structural Engineer in FHWA’s former Region 3.  He joined FHWA in 1985 as a Highway Engineer Trainee.

Everett holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University.

ACPA Seeks Contractors for FHWA Task Group

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Highlights of the TCC Fly-In, TRIP Meeting

Peter Deem (ACPA Past Chairman-2006 and Honorary Life Member) represented ACPA members at two recent advocacy events in Washington, D.C. 

Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In

Deem reported the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In last month was well attended … and had a consistent theme throughout.    “The speakers all emphasized that although we have a long-term, five-year highway bill, we do not have a sustainable funding mechanism to keep the highway trust fund solvent moving forward,” he said.  

“They emphasized the need to continue to urge Congress to identify, support and enact a sustainable source of funding,” he said, adding, “We cannot let up with our Congressional delegates.”

At the invitation of Leif Wathne on behalf of the Highway Materials Group, Jack Basso, Chairman of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance in Washington, D.C., spoke about vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) fees as a means of supporting transportation construction.   Basso said there is a concern among some that their movements would be tracked.  

He also said VMT- based revenue systems would likely be about 15% more costly to administer than the current motor-fuel (gas) tax because it would require the development of an entirely new system to administer it, and the points of collection would increase from about 850 (refineries and fuel distribution centers), to about 250 million (registered motor vehicles).  Even so, he added that the State of Oregon has taken the lead with VMT, and that Colorado has applied to be a pilot state. 

“We need to solve the funding issue or we could inadvertently destroy our surface transportation system and our commerce and economy with it,” Basso said.

The Road Information Program Meeting

At a meeting of The Road Information Program (TRIP), three speakers representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce nationally, regionally, and among municipal chamber offices, the message was the same as we heard during the fly-in, Deem said, adding,  that board members said we have to remain laser-focused on identifying and championing a sustainable revenue mechanism for our surface transportation system.  

TRIP has been successful with media work and outreach, Deem said.   The efforts have helped influence lawmakers, Deem said, and “we’ve seen increases in transportation-focused gas tax and sales tax increases in 29 states since 2013,   including in conservative states.”

ACPA Participates in NC2 Meeting

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The National Concrete Consortium (NC2) met for 2-½ days in Columbus, Ohio, in late April.   ACPA’s Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne, and Eric Ferrebee participated in the meeting.   

In addition to presentations on projects across the country, state DOT attendees discussed priorities for future products plus plans for the national CP Road Map.

Just a few of the presentation topics included:

  • Performance-Engineered Concrete Mixtures by Gina Ahlstrom, FHWA; PRS Pavement Specifications by Richard Duval, FHWA, and an overview of the FHWA Mobile Concrete Lab by Mike Praul, FHWA.
  • A new bridge-deck curing material made from recycled paper, presented by Tyler Ley, Ph.D., P.E., Oklahoma State University.  
  • An update on internal curing for bridges to mitigate cracking and improve durability, presented by The Indiana DOT; Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Oregon State University; and the Illinois Tollway.
  • The latest results of accelerated load facility testing of roller compacted concrete by Tyson Rupnow, Ph.D., P.E., Louisiana DOTD’s Transportation Research Center.

Participants also had the opportunity to participate in a site visit to the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.   Currently under construction, it is Ohio’s tallest bridge.  It allows for future expansion with an additional lane in each direction, according to the “National Concrete Pavement Technology Center’s Resources” newsletter.

The CP Tech Center has gathered other meeting highlights online and has posted presentations from the meeting.

News from the CP Tech Center

The Utah DOT is hosting a free, all-day “showcase” on August 9th in Salt Lake City, according to the “The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Resources” newsletter (May edition).

The purpose of the showcase will be to introduce agency and contractor personnel to real-time smoothness (RTS) technologies for concrete pavement construction. Attendees will hear presentations, then observe RTS technologies in action at a site visit. The CP Tech Center is organizing this event as part of an FHWA/SHRP2-funded project on RTS. 

There is no registration fee for the showcase, but participants must register in advance. Click here to download an event flyer.  Click here to register or see additional information on the event web page.

ACI president Sharon Wood (L) congratulates CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor (R).

ACI president Sharon Wood (L) congratulates CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor (R).

In other news, CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., was named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute at the April 2016 ACI Concrete Convention in Milwaukee. He was one of 30 people to be so recognized, according to the CP Tech Center newsletter.

Interested in subscribing directly to the newsletter?  Please contact your local ACPA Chapter/State paving association. 

 

 

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