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Countdown Continues to AM 56

With only about a month to go before online registration closes, ACPA is urging members and affiliates to complete hotel and event registrations as soon as possible for our 56th Annual Meeting.

The time to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott will expire on Monday, November 11 (or until the room block is sold out).  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit 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 http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

TRIP Report Focuses on Freight Transportation Issues

The Road Information Program (TRIP) today released a report called America’s Rolling Warehouses: Opportunities and Challenges with the Nation’s Freight Delivery System.” 

The report examines the ability of the nation’s freight transportation system to accommodate the growing demand for freight movement efficiently and safely in spite of significant issues. Some of the top issues include inadequate transportation capacity, a lack of funding for needed improvements to the freight network, a shortage of drivers, and consumer demands for faster delivery.

The report ranks the states with the greatest amount of freight shipped to or from sites in their state, states with the highest share of Interstate vehicle miles of travel by combination trucks, states with the largest average annual number of large truck fatalities, and states with the largest projected increase in freight movement between 2016 and 2045.

TRIP’s report also identifies the nation’s 20 worst freight highway bottlenecks and concludes with a series of recommendations to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.  TRIP released the report this morning and is supporting the public affairs initiative with national and state media work. Click here to download a copy.

TRIP Executive Director Will Wilkins will be addressing this and other issues at ACPA’s upcoming 56th Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for December 3 through 5, in New Orleans. TRIP is a national transportation research nonprofit, based in Washington, DC.  

Bike Event Takes a Creative Turn

An annual cycling event in Colorado was twice as nice this year as the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter staff and members drew attention to concrete pavements along the route. 

With the help of Tim Hogan, a project manager with Castle Rock Construction Company, signs were placed along US 287 from Springfield to Lamar, CO, to draw positive attention to concrete pavements along the tour route.  Orange cones and tie bars helped keep the signs in place!  Scott Mueller of ACPA supplied the special “Count on Concrete” racing jerseys.

The Pedal The Plains (PTP) event is sponsored by The Denver Post and the State of Colorado. The event celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Eastern Plains of Colorado. PTP is a three-day tour that averages 50 to 80 miles per day.  The route is unique every year, highlighting different communities, based on requests for proposal and an internal selection process.

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Composite photo shows (L-R) Angela Folkestad, CO/WY Chapter Executive Director, stopping along the PTP tour route to take a photo, as well as a view of one of the signs to draw attention to concrete pavements along the route.

ACPA Member Calls for Finding a Cure for Paralysis

Lagan US Aviation & Infrastructure, an ACPA member, is calling for support to find a cure for paralysis. 

Donald K. Bloodworth, P.E., Regional Director, US Operations, recalls how he was introduced to motivational speaker Mark Pollock, an athlete and adventurist who is blind and paralyzed from the chest down.  “I found myself moved by his story, the resiliency he has displayed throughout his journey and now his personal mission to find a cure for paralysis in his lifetime and walk again,” he writes.

He is calling attention to annual 5K/10K run called Run In the Dark, held annually in mid-November. On Wednesday, November 13 , more than 25,000 people from 50 cities worldwide will participate in the event. 

In the DC-metropolitan area, Bloodworth and his colleagues at Lagan US, are serving as host and lead sponsor for the run to begin at 8 p.m. at the National Harbor, located just across the Potomac River. Proceeds from this and other Run In the Dark events benefit the Mark Pollock Trust to find a cure for paralysis. 

For a corporate sponsorship form, please click here.  Please follow this link to participate in the run or walk in the DC-area event:  Register – Washington DC. Follow these links to learn more about Mark Pollock and his work: Mark Pollock website |video.

ACPA Participates in FHWA Long-Term R&D Discussions

ACPA participated in an Expert Task Group for the FHWA Long-Term Infrastructure R&D program.  Leif Wathne participated in the long-term pavement performance (LTPP) group. A second group focuses on long-term bridge performance (LTBP). 

Leif Wathne participated in the meeting, which covered a range of topics related to long-term pavement research. Among the key questions the pavement performance group

  • How has LTPP data fundamentally improved understanding of pavement performance?
  • What are the critical, high-priority knowledge gaps?
  • What are the top 3 analysis projects to submit to NCHRP?
  • What is the ETG’s top priority to be funded by LTPP?

The meeting was held last week at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC. 

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