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Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Contractor: Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc.
Owner: City of Lee’s Summit
Engineer: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

This is a story about the reconstruction of Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport, but it’s also about much more. It’s about the importance of the airport to travelers and existing businesses, as well the airport’s value in attracting and retaining news businesses.

The project consisted of the complete reconstruction and extension of runway 18/36 from 4,200 linear ft to 5,501 linear ft, as well as the extension of runway 11/29 from 3,800 linear ft to 4,000 linear ft. In addition to increasing the overall runway length, the airport also elected to replace airfield lighting as well as increase the pavement thickness from 6 in. to 9 in., which increased capacity from a 30,000 lb. rating to a 60,000 lb. rating.

The contractor, Emery Sapp & Sons was scheduled to start this work at the beginning of April, but spring rains delayed the start. When the contractor was cleared to start, the crews worked around the clock to meet the aggressive completion timeline. Even though the rains persisted, the contractor still opened the runway within the 21-day requirement.

The second was the construction of the North and South portions of Runway 18/36 which was to be completed within a 182-day closure of Runway 18/36. The contractor completed the second phase in under 70 days, which allowed ample time for all remaining work to be completed prior to reopening the

In all, the contractor paved 72,375 SY of concrete paving for a total project length of just over a mile or the equivalent of about 4 lane miles, and now the City and the region can boast of an airport that can meet the current and long-term needs of travelers and businesses alike. 

ACPA Annual Meeting Update

ACPA’s 55th Annual Meeting is off to a great start. A pre-meeting Chapter/State association reception kicked off the week Monday for those arriving early.

The Chapter Committee was the first order of business yesterday to discuss topics including dowel bars specifications and related issues; environmental issues; overlay promotion; joint deterioration; and pavement resiliency/disaster recovery, and other topics. Gordon Smith of the CP Tech Center also presented an overview of year-to-date activities and also formally announced the award of a $9M FHWA cooperative agreement.  Meeting participants also had the opportunity to participate in optional recreational activities, including golf and an airboat tour and alligator show.

Today’s business line-up includes ACPA task force and committee meetings, followed by a plenary session to discuss the proposed industry promotion and resourcing plan.  An informal “beach bash” reception rounds out the day.

For tomorrow, the day begins with ACPA’s distinguished service awards breakfast and presentations.  ACPA’s popular Concrete Pavement University follows with eight educational/tech transfer tracks presented by experts from industry, owners/agencies, and academia. 

Rounding out the annual meeting will be the ACPA’s 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards” reception and awards banquet.  It’s at this event, where we reveal the Gold & Silver award projects and recipients, continuing the tradition of recognizing the best of the best in concrete paving.  Look for complete coverage of the awards presentation on ACPA’s website, beginning on Wed., December 5. 

Don’t Miss These ACPA, ISCP Webinars

ACPA and the ISCP will present two webinars in December, the first two in a series that continues through 2019.  Details follow below:

Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Concrete Pavements (Thu, Dec 6, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST) – This two-part webinar will cover this economic procedure used to compare competing pavement designs, over the analysis period, considering all significant costs expressed in equivalent present value dollars.  The presentation topics are:

  • “LCCA principles and use for design and project selection in U.S./Latin America,” by Jim Mack, Director-Market Development-CEMEX, and
  • “Australian approach to LCCA for PCC pavement decision-making” by Justin Moss, Associate Technical Director & Team Leader-Arcadis (ISCP Director);

Rolling quality, friction and surface texture for concrete pavements (Calidad de rodadura, fricción y textura superficial para pavimentos de hormigón) (Thu, Dec 13, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST) – This webinar will cover surface characteristic indicators for concrete pavements are p resented. Typical equipment used to measure surface irregularity (rolling quality), friction coefficient, and depth of texture are mentioned. The webinar will be presented by Erwin Kohler of 3ipe (ISCP Director).  Please note:  This webinar is presented only in Spanish.

CP Tech Center Awarded FHWA Cooperative Agreement

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has received a cooperative agreement by the Federal Highway Administration.  The cooperative agreement was funded under the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program.

AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  The program was also included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015.

AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.

AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia. Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.  Additional information about his cooperative agreement will be presented at ACPA’s 55th annual meeting next week.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

NACA Website Addresses Timely, Weighty Topics

The North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) has launched a website provides a wealth of government affairs-related information and resources for the broader concrete industry.

NACA is focused on addressing industry-wide legislative and policy related concerns & initiatives in the areas of infrastructure investment, research, safety and education.

ACPA and the other NACA partners encourage you to visit the site and explore the content. The site features information and links to help you take action on the following topics:

• Infrastructure
• Resiliency & Sustainability
• Workforce Development
• Environmental & Regulatory Reform
• Health & Safety

NACA encourages all members to connect, stay informed, and take action.  Please spread the word in your company and organization and encourage others to visit and bookmark this website.  As the concrete industry associations address legislative and regulatory matters that have a direct impact on you and your business, this website will serve as a vital communications and grassroots advocacy link. 

Click here to visit the website.  Also, please share this post and this informative PDF flyer with your colleagues!


* NACA was formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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