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ACPA Endorses Preservation of Tax-Exempt Muni Bonds

As Congress considers tax reform and infrastructure financing, many municipal officials and federal lawmakers are concerned about maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.  

Because of this concern, ACPA endorsed a letter sent to Congressional leaders expressing strong support for maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.  The letter points out that in 2016 alone, more than $445 billion in municipal bonds were issued to finance a wide range of community projects, including roads and airports.

The letter was signed by more than 50 associations and other organizations.  Click here to see the letter.  

Make Plans to Attend TCC Fly-In

With the President’s infrastructure initiative being a top priority, this is one of the most important times in recent history to be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In.  ACPA is encouraging members and Chapter/State affiliates to participate in the event, which is scheduled for May 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C. 

Although the five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST Act, authorized funding levels for federal aid highway spending through FY 2020, additional revenue will be needed to support a growing program into the future. It is important that the Administration and Congress hear from industry that any infrastructure proposal must address the long term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. 

The TCC fly-in begins with a legislative briefing from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 17.   The briefing will include an update on policy funding proposals, as well as other timely information.   A Capitol Hill Reception will follow at 6:00 p.m., and this is a good opportunity to visit with legislators and staff members, as well as others in the industry who share the common interest in a strong, well-funded, and sustainable program.

On Thursday, May 18th, attendees are encouraged to start their day with a breakfast at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and then to visit Capitol Hill from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Participants will receive educational briefing materials on key industry priorities for use in meetings with their congressional delegation(s).

Now is the time to shape your future by participating in this event and using the Hill visits to convince elected officials of the importance and urgency of the nation’s federal-aid highway and airport programs. 

This year’s meeting will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.  For registrations, please call 1.888.421.1442 or 1.202.737.1234.   To register for the briefing, which also includes the reception and breakfast, please click here to visit the registration website.   The registration fee is $175. 

Showcase Focuses on Two-Lift Concrete Pavements

Showcase participants had the opportunity to visit the two-lift concrete pavement construction site. (Photo: ACPA.)

As part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) program’s Project R21, a technology showcase was held on January 31 in Burbank, Calif.   The focus of the showcase was two-lift concrete pavement construction, and the event drew roughly 70 people representing industry and the public sector. 

As a lead state for implementation of SHRP2 R21 technologies, Caltrans, along with Federal Highway Administration, co-sponsored the showcase.   The event began with a technical program featuring several agencies’ experience with two-lift concrete paving (including Caltrans, the Illinois Tollway, Minnesota DOT, Tennessee DOT, Texas DOT, and Virginia DOT), followed by a field visit to an ongoing two-lift paving project on Interstate 210 near Montrose, CA. Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, was on hand for the event and provided insights on the technology during the discussions.

The project involves a 12-in. thick jointed-plain concrete pavement comprised of a 8-in. bottom lift and a 4-in. top lift. The bottom lift features two separate concrete mixtures, one with reduced cement content and one with recycled concrete aggregate.

About Project R21
Project R21 involves the development of design and construction guidelines for new composite pavement systems, including concrete pavements placed in two-lifts using a wet-on-wet process. Two-lift concrete pavements are said to provide significant potential benefits, including improved surface characteristics, reduced agency costs, lower energy costs, and reduced environmental impacts

Save the Dates for TCC Legislative Fly-In 

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to save the dates for the 16th annual Transportation Construction Coalition fly-in, scheduled for May 17 through 18 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s event is particularly well-timed in view of the President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure initiative. The construction industry’s involvement in the development of the plan, as well as enactment by Congress, will be critical to success.

Also, while the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST Act, authorized funding through FY 2020, additional revenue will be needed to support future program growth. It is for this reason that the Administration and Congress must hear from industry that any infrastructure proposal must address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. 

About the Fly-In
The two-day event begins with a legislative briefing, where officials from Capitol Hill and the Administration will present policy and funding proposals being considered.  A reception on the evening after the briefing will provide participants with an opportunity to network with industry peers and members of Congress and their staff.

Participants also will receive briefing materials on key industry priorities to use during meetings with elected officials and their staffers on the second day.

This event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. To make reservations, please call 888-421-1442 or 202-737-1234. The room rate is $329 per night; registration cut-off date is April 17.

Event registration details will be available soon, and will be emailed to members and posted on ACPA’s website.

ACPA to Participate in Trade Delegation Program

ACPA will participate in a Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program on highway and roadway construction later this month.

ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne will make a one-hour presentation on concrete pavements to a delegation of approximately 20 officials representing road-building interests in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

This program is aimed at providing training to mid- and senior-level industry and State officials who are involved in highway and roadway construction in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia. 

ACPA has participated in similar programs on three occasions since 2007.  In addition to being a good technology transfer opportunity, the program also allows ACPA to cite member companies involved in technology development and product sales in global markets.

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