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ACPA Supports Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

ACPA stands united this week with the FHWA, AASHTO and state highway and transportation agencies, trade associations, contractors, cement companies, and other stakeholders in the transportation-construction community to build awareness about work zone safety.

FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson led the kickoff event for the 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week in Washington, DC, yesterday. Administrator Hendrickson was joined by local officials, construction workers, and families of highway work zone victims, all united in building greater awareness of work zone safety.  Administrator Hendrickson also spoke at the North American Concrete Alliance fly-in this morning and reminded participants of the “Drive Like You Work Here” theme. 

In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 799 fatalities in work zones, which is a two-percent increase from the previous year, according to an FHWA press release.

ACPA is supporting the program with a robust series of social media posts throughout this week. Donna Antonacci and Bill Davenport collaborated on creating a series of attention-grabbing graphics, and messaging to increase awareness about work zone safety, as well as the need to avoid behaviors that can lead to work zone accidents and incidents.

We have seen excellent engagement in our social media channels, especially Twitter and Facebook. ACPA is urging members and affiliates to join the discussion on social media. Click the highlighted links to view and interact with ACPA’s messages on Twitter and Facebook(Social media users–Look for these tags: #DriveLikeYouWorkHere, #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, #NationalWorkZoneSafety, and variations of those trending topics.) 


ACPA Gains Insights and Information from NC2 Meeting

ACPA participated at the National Concrete Consortium (NC2) Spring 2019 meeting last week, gaining valuable insights on topics of interest to industry, academia, and the state highway agencies and the toll authority that make up the membership of NC2. In all, the event drew record attendance, with more than 200 attendees.

Eric Ferrebee, along with ACPA members and Chapter representatives, gathered in Denver to see the latest presentations and participate in discussions, organized around several themes, including materials; rapid repairs and early loadings; and fibers. 

Eric reported that some of the most relevant presentations included an update on performance engineered mixtures or PEM from Gordon Smith, CP Tech Center; fiber-reinforced concrete, along with a tool to determine recommended fiber dosages by Dr. Jeff Roesler (University of Illinois); formation factor testing by Dr. Jason Weiss (Oregon State university); Super Air Meter Testing and how to obtain consistent results by Dr. Tyler Ley (Oklahoma State University); and the use of slag cement in concrete by  Dr. Larry Sutter (Michigan Tech University).

“NC2 has a lot of very interesting presentations,” Eric says, adding, “These semi-annual meetings are  great opportunities for State highway and tollway authorities, industry, and academia to share concerns, perspectives, and interesting breakthroughs within the concrete pavement universe.”

The third day of the meeting included a tour of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Concrete, Geotechnical, and Structural Laboratory in Denver.  The lab provides concrete and geotech materials training, including a concrete & concrete repair school and concrete special inspector training.


ACPA and ISCP Webinar Update

ACPA and the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) are presenting two webinars covering essential topics this month.  Descriptions for the 90-minute webinars follow:

Conceptos básicos de refuerzo de hormigón (The Basics of Concrete Reinforcement) – The webinar will be held tomorrow (Thursday), April 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). This webinar is offered in Spanish only.  The program will include an overview of concrete reinforcement materials and products, as well as the current state of the practice methods for reinforcing concrete pavements. For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please send an email to

Addressing ASR Damage in Concrete Pavements – Thursday, April 25, beginning at noon (CDT) – This  webinar covers important information about Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR). Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements, with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association is developed with contractors, consultants, transportation agencies, engineers and consultants, and others with an interest in advancing the quality and durability of concrete pavements.  ACPA members are eligible for discounted individual and group rates.  For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please click here.

ACPA Congratulates Nason as FHWA Administrator

The Hon. Nicole Nason was confirmed as the 26th FHWA Administrator on Mar. 28. (Photo: US State Dept.)

ACPA extends its heartiest congratulations to the Hon. Nicole R. Nason following her confirmation as the 26th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The U.S. Senate voted 95 to 1 in favor of the confirmation. 

“We are very pleased to hear the results of the confirmation hearing, and we look forward to working with Ms. Nason and her staff,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.  “We have enjoyed a strong and positive relationship with the FHWA over the years, and we are confident that excellent relationship will continue as the new Administrator leads the agency to seize opportunities and solve challenges now and in the future.”

Ms. Nason is the former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA); previously served on the Board of Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and has vast experience with both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

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Associations and FHWA Discuss Research Needs

For over two decades, ACPA national staff and chapter executives have met with FHWA officials to discuss pavement-related issues and opportunities for working together to address concrete pavement-related issues.  

The most recent of these meetings was held last Friday at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TRFHRC) in McLean, VA.  The meeting was expanded to also include a broader discussion of pavement research and technology priorities for both concrete and asphalt pavements. 

The “FHWA -Pavement Industry Stakeholder Meeting” included staffs and membership representatives from both ACPA and NAPA for joint discussions and breakout sessions.  The meeting began with a welcome by Dr. Cheryl Richter, Director of the  Office of Infrastructure R&D, followed by an overview by Mark Swanlund, Research Program Manager.  

Leif Wathne presented ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative and focused on the need for current and future research, innovation, and technology deployment that will be vitally important to the Federal-aid highway system. 

Discussions revolved around various concrete pavement related topics, including concrete materials, processes, design innovations, and improved decision-making.  Industry priorities were emphasized, including performance engineered mixtures, early opening to traffic, fly ash considerations, and fundamental research around load transfer and impacts on long-term performance of pavements. 

Design and performance optimization using construction QC and QA information was also discussed. Discussions touched on decision making, including the use of remaining service life as an asset management tool, network-level pavement structural evaluation, asset management and new performance measures. Breakout sessions were used to discuss industry-specific research topics and opportunities for collaboration with FHWA, as well as stakeholder communications and interaction with the FHWA. 

The concrete pavement industry is optimistic that this meeting will be the start of an improved and more effective engagement in FHWA’s research and technology endeavors.  We are hopeful that a more formalized and regular mechanism for exchanging ideas and priorities will result in a more collaborative, cohesive national concrete pavement research and technology program.

Representing the concrete pavement industry at this meeting were: Mike Byers, Kevin McMullen, Larry Scofield, Ray Seipp, Gordon Smith, Mark Snyder, Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne. 

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