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AASHTO Elects 2020 Officers

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has named its top officers for the 2019-2020 term. AASHTO has elected Patrick McKenna, Director of the Missouri DOT, as President and New Hampshire DOT Commissioner Victoria Sheehan as Vice President.  Commissioner Sheehan becomes the second woman in AASHTO’s 105-year history to serve in that role.

McKenna says he plans to focus on surface transportation funding reauthorization and transportation safety.

“We need to make clear the public benefit of federal surface transportation investment and its impact on the safety, mobility, health, and economic well-being of all Americans,” he explained in his emphasis areas paper released at the meeting.

Launching a national campaign focused on how “transportation is personal” that explains the many benefits transportation investment provides to all Americans is one tactic McKenna plans to spearhead during his term as AASHTO’s 2019-2020 president as part of the organization’s effort to get surface transportation funding legislation reauthorized. He also plans to place renewed focus on reducing transportation fatalities, which McKenna described as a “national public health crisis” in his remarks.

To help reduce the estimated 36,700 highway fatalities, McKenna said AASHTO will continue its role in the Towards Zero Deaths and Vision Zero national coalitions while facilitating discussions with state DOTs and local communities to consider ways to deploy “innovative infrastructure designs and technologies” to more safely accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter users.

McKenna was appointed as Missouri DOT’s director in 2015.  He previously served as MAASTO President and is a member of the TRB executive committee. He earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Bentley College and an MS in management and finance from the University of Maryland. 

Sheehan was appointed New Hampshire DOT Commissioner in 2015. She previously served with the Massachusetts DOT’s highway division, where she served in a number of roles, including her most recent post as Manager of Strategic Planning and Highway performance.  Originally from Northern Ireland, Sheehan holds a Master’s in Structural Engineering and Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Photo:  AASHTO 2019/20 President Patrick McKenna and Vice President Victoria Sheehan. (Credit: AASHTO)

ACPA Announces Newest Local Promotion Affiliate

ACPA announces the affiliation of the Southwest Concrete Pavement Association (SWCPA), which expands the association’s network to 21 regional and local paving associations. The affiliation is part of the ACPA’s national marketing and local promotion plan and represents a significant step in supporting “boots on the ground” promotion activities.

“We’re very pleased to welcome the Southwest Concrete Pavement Association as an ACPA-affiliated local paving promotion association,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “We look forward to supporting with and working closely with SWCPA as it provides support to members and agencies/owners in California and Nevada.

Supported by the multifaceted capabilities and a range of technical, advocacy and promotional resources from ACPA National, the SWCPA and other affiliated chapters and state paving associations provide direct support to agencies/owners and other customers in states/provinces and regions throughout the United States and Canada.

The Southwest Concrete Pavement Association was founded in 1990 and provides technology transfer, technical service, advocacy and promotion of concrete pavements. The SWCPA supports its members with concrete pavement promotion, specification development, government affairs, and pavement research. The SWCPA is also committed to improving the quality of concrete pavements through workshops, seminars, technical support, and other educational opportunities.

ACPA Annual Meeting Advisory

ACPA is strongly advising members and other guests to complete hotel and event registrations as soon as possible for our 56th Annual Meeting, scheduled for December 1 through 5.  

Registrations have spiked in the past week and our specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott are rapidly approaching a “sold out” situation.  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, please register as soon as possible by following our reservation link or visiting 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  

ACPA Debuts Video

The American Concrete Pavement Association presents a new video that shows the features and benefits of, the cement and concrete industry’s concrete pavement thickness design platform that allows users to design pavements free of charge using a computer or other digital devices.

The program was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements. PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following value-added features:

  • No cost – The platform and is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses, etc.
  • Immediate access – The platform brings the industry’s best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately.
  • Cloud storage/retrieval – Users have the option of creating a user ID and password to save their design work, as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device.
  • Automatic updates and improvements – The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or “patches.”

To view the video in our YouTube channel, please follow this link.  Be sure to check out other videos in ACPA’s Concrete Pavements channel, too.

Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the Portland Cement Association (PCA).  Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council.  The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.


Register Early for World of Concrete

Register for World of Concrete using our unique registration link, which appears below. With this unique code, you’ll save a minimum of $55 per registration! Be sure to visit the American Concrete Pavement Association in booth C4326 (Central Hall).

Don’t miss the industry training we’re offering at WOC2020! Click here to see the industry training options. Be sure to register early for these informative industry training courses led by ACPA:

  • Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements [Look for course ACPAMO]
    Monday, February 3, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • ACPA Proper Joint Design, Construction & Sealing [Look for course ACPAWE]
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon
  • (NEW!) ACPA Techniques to Repair/Preserve Concrete Pavements [Look for course ACPATH]
    Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 9:00 am – Noon

Receive even more discounts when you register for these special training packages! Be sure to select your options below by December 10 to take advantage of special pricing applies; higher rates go into effect after December 11.

  • 3-hour Seminars = $150
  • 90-minute Seminars = $105
  • 4-hour Certifications = $210
  • Super Pass 1 & 2 = $480
  • Super Pass 3 & Residential = $580

To register with the discount code (A14), please click in the section marked, “Click here for discount training,” or follow this link

* Some restrictions may apply. The $25 exhibits-only admission is for online registrants only through January 17, 2020. Registrations are $80 at the show with a printed buyer invite or $105 without.  

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