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Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment

ACPA had the opportunity to hear a compelling presentation that could serve as a viable plan for Interstate highway investment.  

The presentation, Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future, was based on a consensus report developed in response to language in the FAST Act of 2015.  The language requested the Transportation Research Board to conduct a study of the actions needed to upgrade and restore the U.S. Interstate Highway System. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX); ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, and ACPA Executive VP Leif Wathne heard the presentation by the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta* and TRB Chair Norman Augustine during the TRB Chair’s Luncheon last Wednesday.  

One of the key points of the study suggests current spending levels are much too low, and that $45 to $70 billion are needed annually over the next 20 years to undertake the long-deferred rebuilding of pavements and bridges and to accommodate and manage growing user demand. 

Particularly encouraging is that this figure applies to Interstate highways only and not the full Federal-aid highway system or other highways.  To see some additional highlights of the report, please click here. To view an online copy of the presentation, please click here.  To download the complete report on which the presentation was developed, please click here. To see a video of Messrs. Mineta and Augustine commenting about the consensus report, please click here.

The TRB Chair’s Luncheon is the premier event of the TRB Annual Meeting, drawing an estimated 750 leaders in transportation from the public and private sectors throughout the United States and abroad. TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. 

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* Mr. Mineta served as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and was previously a U.S. Representative. Mr. Augustine is the retired Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp.  They serve with more than a dozen other transportation and business leaders who provided oversight and other leadership in the development of the consensus study report.

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Save the Date for NACA’s Annual Fly-In

The 3rd annual NACA* Cement and Concrete industry fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC .
 
The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner.  The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel,  small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. 

NACA is encouraging members and affiliates to save the dates and make plans to attend this important and timely event.

Click here to see the “Save the Date” announcement on the NACA website. Click here to see the agenda. Additional registration and program details will be announced in future issues of ACPA TODAY and will be updated on the NACA website. 

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations 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 Foundations 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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FAA Releases Pavement Spec, Includes Industry Input

ACPA is pleased to report the Federal Aviation Administration has posted Advisory Circular 150/5370-10H, Standard Specifications for Construction of Airports

ACPA’s Airport Task Force worked closely with the FAA on the latest update to the construction guide specification, providing many comments during the draft stage of the document, but also providing mark-up as the document advanced within the FAA. 

“Most of ACPA’s suggestions were included in the proposed update to the specifications,” says Gary Mitchell, ACPA’s Vice President—Airports & Pavement Technology, adding, “Many of the suggested changes from aggregate requirements to slump requirements, were submitted with a red-line document in April 2016, while comments on smoothness requirements dated back to June 2013.” A new recycled concrete aggregate base course specification has been added based on work done under the Innovative Pavement Research Foundation (IPRF) research program. In addition, working with our industry partner, PCA, input was offered for a cement-treated, soil base course specification.  

A small sub-task force met in Pittsburg in December 2018  to begin marking up the 32 13 14.13 specifications with the intent to submit full industry recommended changes to the Transportation System Center (TSC) to parallel the similar effort on the FAA construction guide specification. The sub-task force group is meeting with the TSC in January to go over the markup with the Tri-services. Questions?  Please contact Gary Mitchell (704.904.9459 or gmitchell@acpa.org).


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ACPA Announces 2018 Annual Report

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to take a closer look at association activities for the year by downloading the 2018 ACPA Annual Report. The 18-page report is packed full of brief descriptions and illustrations that capture many of the major activities and accomplishments for the year.

In 2018, there was a strong emphasis on focused support of members, chapters, and agencies/owners. The report describes examples of that support in the form of ACPA’s ConcreteCOMPETES program (along with success examples), as well as ACPA’s new alignment with the Portland Cement Association which includes a major push to develop and implement a comprehensive promotion plan.

The digital report also details many significant milestones and accomplishments, including the successful rollout of the cement & concrete industries’ PavementDesigner.org pavement thickness design platform; ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative; and many new specifications, standards, and industry perspectives documents.  The report also provides an update on the successful launch of the “Interns for the Future” and an update on the ACPA Emerging Leaders Group activities. 

Many of these initiatives have come online in the past year or two, and in addition to achieving strong results on new programs and plans, the association has also maintained its focus on mainstay activities such as membership development, market measurement, and many other essential services and activities, which are woven into this comprehensive report.  

The end of the report also includes a link to a powerful new video that captures the enthusiastic perspectives of ACPA members and staff, as well as the energy of the 55th Annual Meeting.   Click here to see & download the exciting and informative ACPA 2018 Annual Report!   

 

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