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ACPA Spotlights Latest Design Technology

ACPA was front and center at this year’s Southeastern States Pavement Conference with Eric Ferrebee presenting, “Modern Methods for Concrete Pavement Design.” Focusing on the use of PavementDesigner.org and AASHTOWare’s Pavement ME design program, he also reiterated the importance of migrating away from the AASHTO 93 pavement design system. 

Hosted by the Southeastern States Pavement Association, the three-day conference began with transportation asset management plan and pavement & bridge performance (TAMP/PM2) discussions and business meetings, and panel discussions.  Technical tracks covering pavement management and pavement design presentations followed on the second day, and Eric participated in a program that included presentations by Prashat Ram of APTech*, and Cameron Murray of the University of Arkansas.

The annual event brings together pavement engineers from the southeastern region of the country to discuss pavement management, TAMP/PM2 rules, and pavement design-related issues.  Led by state highway officials, the organization counts as its voting members the state transportation agencies of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Enter ENR’s Year in Construction Contest

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to enter concrete paving and CPR photos in Engineering News Record’s Year In Construction photo contest.  ENR is asking readers—individuals and firms, amateurs and professionals— to submit their best construction photos taken anywhere in the world between Nov. 17, 2018 and Nov. 8, 2019. The editors say they want dynamic, well-composed and aesthetically pleasing photos, but are urging readers not submit photos showing unsafe conditions or behavior.

A panel of judges from ENR, with guests, will select the best of the best for publication in ENR’s Jan. 13, 2020 edition. The winning photos also will be published in the 2019 ENR Photo Contest Winners Gallery online. The deadline is Nov. 8, 2019.

Please follow this link for contest rules, previous winners galleries, and other useful information.

 

 

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.

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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 http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

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