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ACPA Annual Meeting Special Events

When making plans for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting, be sure to check out the special events that provide guests with some great entertainment and recreation options! Here’s a preview of some of the optional activities planned for December 3 through 5:

Tuesday, December 3
Golf Outing – 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
All guests are welcome to sign up for the golf outing at nearby English Turn Golf Club. This is a great opportunity to spend time with friends, clients and customers, all while enjoying a beautiful New Orleans delta golf venue. Bus transportation will be provided.

Personal and Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
All registered guests are invited to sign up for a high-speed airboat tour of the South Louisiana bayous and tidewater cypress swamp. During your 2-hour tour,  you’ll have opportunities to see  moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees, along with alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibises, as well as the occasional hawk, owl or bald eagle. Bus transportation will be provided.

Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Discover the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter, while enjoying drinks on this entertaining and “spirited” walking tour.  Enjoy signature New Orleans cocktails while hearing about ghosts and spirits said to still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre. You won’t want to miss tales of New Orleans-style voodoo and the history of the French Quarter, along with drinks at a few of the city’s most famous bars and restaurants. All cocktail samples are included in the ticket price.  

Wednesday, December 4
Special Culture and Cuisine Tour (for registered spouses/guests) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Sample authentic and flavorful New Orleans dishes, while learning about their fascinating origins during a small-group walking tour with other registered spouses and guests. You’ll navigate the alluring past and present of New Orleans cuisine with 6-8 samples of dishes for which the city is famous, including red beans and rice, po-boys, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, and more! (Separate sign up necessary—see website.)

“Mardi Gras” Theme Reception (for all registrants, guests and spouses welcome)  – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a party, so you won’t want to miss ACPA’s fun-filled Mardi Gras, which will be held in the Marriott Hotel (Riverview 1-2 on the 41st floor). Kick back and enjoy some New Orleans jazz, great conversation and some laughs with friends and colleagues. Don’t arrive late and don’t leave early, because we have a few surprises planned!

ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., at the New Orleans Marriott. To reserve a room at the Marriott at a discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  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/.  See you in N’awlins! 

 

FHWA Meeting Sets Pace for Future Strategies

With encouragement to “be bold” FHWA Pavement Design and Performance Team Leader LaToya Johnson set a positive and productive course for a 1-1/2 day “Concrete Pavement Strategic Planning Meeting” last week. Held  at ACPA headquarters in Rosemont, IL.

Meeting participants included officials from the FHWA, state DOT’s, academia, and industry (including Jerry Voigt of ACPA).

The first day of the meeting  was about equally divided between  discussions about current concerns and limitations of concrete pavement design and ways to evaluate long-life pavement strategies in spite of constraints and limitations.  The second day included breakout sessions and group reports on the benefits of and implementation of long-life pavement strategies.

Framing the discussions and break-out sessions were presentations on pavement design by Mark Snyder, President of Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants; Tom Yu,  FHWA Pavement Design Program Manager; Tom Van Dam, Principal Engineer, NCE.  Kurt Smith, Program Director, and Prashant Ram, Pavement Engineer, both with Applied Pavement Technology, facilitated the meeting.  

A key deliverable of the meeting will be a white paper that will capture key points from the stakeholders and which will be used for future planning. 

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ACPA Contractors Respond to Proposed HOS Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is advancing a proposal that “modernizes current hours of service (HOS) regulations,” according to Ray Martinez, FMCSA Administrator.  He adds these changes were based on feedback from stakeholders and advanced by the U.S. DOT and the Trump Administration.  Five proposed modifications, he says, are aimed at improving safety and providing commercial drivers with greater flexibility.

Here’s what ACPA contractors had to say about the proposed modifications:

“This proposed rule changes continue the common-sense rule changes championed last year by the ACPA for trucks hauling batched concrete from the plant,” says David Howard, P.E., President & CEO of Koss Construction Co. (and 2nd Vice Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors).  “In construction, and in the paving business in particular, interruptions in production happen and rule changes–like the proposed 30-minute break requirement being modified to qualify the drivers using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off duty status, for break times–help our people tremendously.”

Northern Improvement Co. adds, “The most exciting thing is the 100 miles to 150 air miles while crossing state lines.  Right now, we can only go 150 air miles if we stay in state. It is good that [the FMCSA is] looking at the 14 hour day–that is huge!  I hope they continue with the ‘short haul exemption’ with the proviso that no e-logs will be required.” 

FMCSA on Monday formally published the notice of rulemaking, which signals the beginning of an open comment period.  ACPA encourages members who may be impacted by the proposed modifications to comment. Comments may be added online at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2018-0248-5400

The five proposed modifications include:

  • A change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on‑duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.
  • Modifying the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by 2 hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
  • Increasing flexibility for the 30-minute break rule by tying the break requirement to 8 hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes. The change also would allow the break to be satisfied by a driver using on-duty, not driving status, rather than off-duty. 
  • Modifying the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10-hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least 7 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than 2 consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14‑hour driving window.
  • Allowing one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than 3 hours; this would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, as long as the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.

For more information, please click here to view HOS page prepared by the FMCA. 

As reported previously, ACPA previously requested exemptions to the HOS regulations.  The effort was led by ACPA staff, along the support of Association members, non-members, and AGC and ARTBA.  FMCSA granted two exemptions based on that request.  Click here to read the story (ACPA TODAY, Feb. 5).
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Concrete Pavement University: A Closer Look

For more than a decade, one of the popular features of the ACPA Annual Meeting every year  has been “Concrete Pavement University” (CPU).  Our unique education, training, and tech transfer program lineup for the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting will once again include a content-rich series of keynote speeches and presentations.  Here’s a closer look:

On Wednesday, December 4, our program will begin with a  CPU Opening Plenary Session, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • AASHTO’s Perspectives on the Future of the U.S. Highway Program – Jim Tyman, Executive Director; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (invited) 
  • Federal Highway Administration Outlook – Brian Fouch, PE, Director; Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements, Federal Highway Administration, and  
  • The Value of Competition Between Industries: A Former DOT Secretary’s Perspective – Tom Smith, PE, Former Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation

On Thursday, December 5, the 11th annual CPU program will continue after the ACPA distinguished service awards & recognition breakfast.  Participants can select from eight interesting and informative concurrent CPU technical sessions. Breakout sessions 1, 3, 5 & 7 form a contractor/construction track. Breakouts 2, 4, 6 & 8 form a track of general interest to all.

Don’t miss it!  To be part of the information-packed program, be sure to register as soon as possible for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting. Our one-stop event and hotel registration is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  To reserve a room at the Marriott at a discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  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.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., at the New Orleans Marriott.  Look for additional details about the annual meeting in upcoming issues of ACPA TODAY, as well as in blast email messages.

Webinar Covers Life-Cycle Assessment

There’s still time to register for an informative webinar covering the fundamentals of Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 from Noon to 1:30 (CDT) | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life. In the context of a concrete pavement’s life, this involves deriving the raw materials, processing/manufacturing, placement, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling/reuse.

Co-sponsored by the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and ACPA, the program will be presented in two parts.  The “Basics of LCA for concrete pavements,” will be presented by Eric Ferrebee, P.E., Technical Services Engineer, ACPA. “Concrete pavement LCA examples,” will be presented by Tim Smith, P.Eng., Senior Director, Built Environment, Transportation and Public Works for Cement Association of Canada & Director-ISCP.  

 ACPA members are eligible for individual and group registration discounts. The webinar is free of charge to government employees. For additional information, please follow this link: http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/.  

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