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Special Event Reveals Transportation Grants

A special event with US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao yesterday served a forum to discuss the Trump Administration’s commitment to infrastructure, as well as to announce major investments across America.

Held at the US DOT headquarters in Washington, DC, the centerpin of the event was the announcement of projects and funding levels under the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation discretionary grants program.

In all, $1.5 billion in grant funding will go to 91 projects in 49 states and DC. Click here to see list of the projects and grant funding.

“BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this Administrations/ commitment to Americas infrastructure,” according to US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

In addition to Secretary Chao, US DOT Deputy Secretary Jeff Rosen, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) also participated in the special event. Other participants included Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Rep. David Price (D-NC-04), and Mayor Jamael Brown (D), Youngstown, OH.

Leif Wathne attended the event on behalf of ACPA members. Demand for BUILD grants far exceeded available funds, according to a US DOT press release. Some 851 eligible applications from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, and DC were submitted–a figure almost double the number of applications received in 2017.

 

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FHWA Releases AID-PT Annual Report

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017-2018 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 37-page report includes a summary of goals of the AID-PT program, along with casebook examples developed around sustainability, tech transfer, “back to basics” education, recycling/reuse, research initiatives, performance-engineered mixtures, and more.

The report also includes quotes from ACPA President/CEO Jerry Voigt, who says, “Dividends from the AID-PT investments can be seen in technology advancements such as performance-engineered concrete mixtures, which is a program striving to ensure that agencies can specify—and contractors can deliver—durable pavements every time.”  He also cites a number of other benefits, including the FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Trailer.

The AID-PT program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.  

Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015,  again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner. 

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CP Tech Center Awarded FHWA Cooperative Agreement

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has received a cooperative agreement by the Federal Highway Administration.  The cooperative agreement was funded under the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program.

AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  The program was also included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015.

AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.

AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia. Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.  Additional information about his cooperative agreement will be presented at ACPA’s 55th annual meeting next week.

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NACA Website Addresses Timely, Weighty Topics

The North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) has launched a website provides a wealth of government affairs-related information and resources for the broader concrete industry.

NACA is focused on addressing industry-wide legislative and policy related concerns & initiatives in the areas of infrastructure investment, research, safety and education.

ACPA and the other NACA partners encourage you to visit the site and explore the content. The site features information and links to help you take action on the following topics:

• Infrastructure
• Resiliency & Sustainability
• Workforce Development
• Environmental & Regulatory Reform
• Health & Safety

NACA encourages all members to connect, stay informed, and take action.  Please spread the word in your company and organization and encourage others to visit and bookmark this website.  As the concrete industry associations address legislative and regulatory matters that have a direct impact on you and your business, this website will serve as a vital communications and grassroots advocacy link. 

Click here to visit the website.  Also, please share this post and this informative PDF flyer with your colleagues!

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* NACA was formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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Today: See Post-Election Industry Impacts

Now that the mid-term election are over, learn how the results will impact our industry.

There’s still time to register for a post-election webinar hosted today by the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA).  The webinar will be held today (Wednesday, Nov. 7), beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) / 1 p.m. (CST). Click here to register for the event.

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NACA is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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