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TCC Urges Congressional Leaders to Support Relief and Rebuilding Efforts

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) sent a letter to Congressional Leaders last week expressing appreciation for the Administration’s continued efforts to address the unprecedented impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the American people and the U.S. economy.

The 31 national associations and construction trade unions of the TCC also urged Congress to “provide state DOTs with at least a $49.95 billion infusion of federal funding to ensure improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure move forward and to mitigate potential job losses in the transportation construction industry.”

“This infusion of federal funding should be complemented with a bipartisan, robust reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs,” the TCC member organizations wrote. Click here to read the letter.

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Report Presents Latest AID-PT Program Update

The latest FHWA annual report on the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program presents highlights and case history examples of key deliverables.

Hari Kalla, FHWA Associate Adminstrator for Infrastructure, opens the report with comments about the program, including recent focus areas, including pavement design, construction, sustainability, data management, and training

The 47-page report includes specific examples of programs, activities and specific products.  A few of the coverage areas of particular interest to the concrete pavement construction community include concrete pavement preservation, precast concrete pavement  systems, and the agency’s Concrete Clips education & tech transfer video series, which ACPA promotes actively.  The report also includes an update on the Mobile Concrete Technology Center (MCTC) and related accomplishments and activities..

Jerry Voigt provided some comments on behalf of the concrete pavement industry.  ““Profound changes are happening all around us and at an ever-increasing pace! Driving these changes are population increases and shifts, consumer trends, and the increased use of technology in almost every facet of life. These and other factors are transforming the roles of highways and the people responsible for their design, construction, and rehabilitation.”

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 the end of this fiscal year.  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.

ACPA Sends Message Urging Agency and Industry Relief, Funding to Rebuild

ACPA last weekend issued a letter to House and Senate Leaders Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, urging them to move quickly to lead both Chambers to:

  • Grant the immediate use of $50 billion in flexible federal funding to offset the significant revenues shortfalls facing state departments of transportation,
  • Suspend any state/local match requirement on federal aid projects (i.e. 100% federal share) for a two-year period to allow the federal investment to be put to work without delay, and
  • When the crisis situation has stabilized, to take up a multi-year highway reauthorization bill with significant investment increases.

 Click here to view the letter.

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Social Media Campaigns Draw Attention to Work Zone Safety

ACPA is participating in a series of social media campaigns this week on the always important topic of work zone safety. Special social media images and messages have been created to encourage social media followers to urge motorists to pay attention, be careful, slow down and avoid distracted driving in and near construction work zones.

The National Work Zone Awareness Week is led by the FHWA and supported by transportation agencies,  groups and companies comprised of transportation-construction interests, highway users, labor unions, and others who share both the care and concern for workers. 

ACPA supported this by using materials from the FHWA, as well as images and messages related to our pavement industry and the companies that support highway and roadway construction. A number of related campaigns are also organized and implemented this week.  Some of the most common of the various social media tags are: #NWZAW, #Our Roads, #OrangeforSafety, etc.

ACPA also joined forces with NAPA and 18 other trade associations to rally around the cause of informing the social media audience of both the statistics related to work zone accidents and incidents, as well as dangerous behaviors to avoid while driving through or near construction work zones. The campaign and its social media tag are called #WatchForUs.

ACPA also supported Earth Day this week, posting messages that remind people of the unparalleled sustainability benefits of concrete pavements. The campaign gave us the opportunity to reflect upon and recognizes a few of the many long-life pavements across the United States. Earth Day postings on a wide range of topics appear with the social media tag, #EarthDay2020.

ACPA extends its thanks to all the members, chapter personnel and others who are actively engaging in these campaigns, and of course, for those who supported the T&I Committee’s #ToThoseWhoKeepUsMoving campaign on Tuesday.

There’s still time to participate in the work zone safety campaign, so ACPA encourages members to post messages about this important cause as often as you can this week, using the tag #WatchForUs.

Thanking Those Who Keep Us Moving

On Tuesday this week, ACPA national, Chapters, members and allied association partners joined the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee in what was aptly called a “Twitterstorm.”

The massive social media effort on the Twitter social media site was intended to recognize and thank people who keep the nation moving, with special emphasis on people working in the fields of transportation and infrastructure.

For ACPA, it was an opportunity to recognize members and others who continue to work on the grade or other workplaces to help the nation manage through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concrete pavement industry is, of course, essential to keeping the nation moving, so ACPA created a web page and sent emails to staff, members, Chapters and others to encourage participation. 

T&I Committee staff launched the large-scale communications effort at 1 p.m. (EDT), and by the end of the day, hundreds of  messages were posted. The campaign used the tagged message #ToThoseWhoKeepUsMoving to rally participants around the important and timely message.  

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