Government Affairs

ACPA National and Chapters Seek to Classify Construction as Essential

As noted in our other stories this issue, ACPA is working with federal agencies and national organizations to inform and influence officials to consider classifying infrastructure construction and related activities as essential.

On a parallel path, ACPA Chapters have been working hard to encourage state Governors and other public officials to do the same.

Because this is a fluid situation, Chapters are working quickly in their outreach to state and local public officials, so not all of their efforts are included in this story.

The following list shows examples of the excellent work being done by the chapters, as well as other allied organizations working in partnership. Click the links below to see a few examples of state actions:

This comprehensive effort was spurred, in part, by a directive by the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Click here to see the CISA directive.

We hope you will join us in thanking the Chapters and also encouraging others to contact their governors and state departments of transportation to urge the designation of the construction trades (as well as suppliers and other vendors) as essential to our Nation. ACPA will continue to work closely with our Chapters and others to continue this effort at both the federal and local levels. Look for additional information from ACPA as it develops.

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Photo: ACPA national and chapter affiliates are working  together on a concerted effort to inform and persuade state officials to classify infrastructure construction as essential. The Pennsylvania State Capitol building depicts the efforts happening on the state level, including in the Keystone State.

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FHWA Concrete Clips: Aggregates

Editor’s note: In 2018, the Federal Highway Administration introduced “Concrete Clips,” a series of videos that inform viewers of  interesting and valuable information about concrete pavements, materials, testing methods, and much more. Since then, the FHWA has expanded the series. The entire series is definitely worth watching!  As such, we’ll be presenting a different video in the series in this and other issues of ACPA TODAY.

The FHWA’s video, “Aggregates for Concrete Paving Mixtures,” describes the basic building blocks of concrete, the hydration process, and the role of fine and coarse aggregates in concrete. The video then provides details about the purpose and value of sieve sizes and the important role they play in formulating quality concrete mixtures.

The 12.5-minute video explains why crushed limestone has emerged as the most common coarse aggregate. It also describes the importance of proper cleanliness and gradation, as well as the fundamentals of aggregate gradation. The characteristics of good quality aggregates are also described, as are the ASTM test methods for testing aggregates.

Click here to view the video. You can also view the video through ACPA’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ConcretePavements.

Please contact your US Senators and Members of Congress immediately!

Congress is considering additional broad stimulus legislation in the coming days to address the impact from COVID-19. Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released one such proposal, the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  released their own informal proposal as well.

To advance priorities and relief for the highway construction sector, including ACPA members, the Transportation Construction Coalition sent a letter to Capitol Hill highlighting the short-term and long-term positive impacts of infrastructure investment on the U.S. economy.

Action Requested: ACPA is asking members to engage in an industry grassroots campaign and contact your Representatives and Senators today using a prewritten letter  asking Congress to include ACPA’s priorities within a future stimulus package. Specifically, this letter is asking Congress to take immediate action to:

  1. Aid businesses to ensure they can pay their workers and maintain operations;
  2. Ensure that building materials remain available for construction of vital infrastructure projects;
  3. Support a long-term recovery through investing in our nation’s infrastructure.

 Please click HERE to access the letter.  

Thank you for your continued support!


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NOTE: The link above should open directly to the letter which you can customize and send quickly and easily. If the website opens to the webpage showing three icons, click on “TAKE ACTION” to reveal the letter.

AHUA: Congress in Overdrive to Pass Virus-Related Stimulus

Congress is kicking into overdrive to pass Corona virus-related stimulus packages, according to the American Highway Users Alliance, which reports lawmakers passed the first $8 billion stimulus package less than two weeks ago.

The House passed revised text of a 2nd stimulus package, H.R. 6201, Monday night. The approximately $100 billion package is for expanding access to free testing, providing $1 billion in food aid and extending sick leave benefits to vulnerable Americans.

On Monday, Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) said he would like to see parts of America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (S. 2302) included in an economic relief package responding to the coronavirus. 

“It’s a formula model where 90 percent of the money goes out by formula to all the states, and it increases the amount that they had from previous years,” he says. Senator Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, made a similar pitch to include infrastructure in a stimulus package.

Yesterday, there were reports the Administration and Senate Republicans are considering modifying the 2nd House stimulus package (H.R. 6201) to create a massive bill, which would include $850 billion to $1 trillion in relief and that this would be an alternative to passing a third stimulus, as previously discussed.

It appears Congress intends to continue to move quickly, but this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will provide additional reports as we receive updates.

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NHI Announces Concrete Pavement Preservation Courses

For a limited time, the National Highway Institute (NHI) is offering a free, five-part distance learning program, “Constructing Quality PCC Pavement Preservation Treatments.” The comprehensive program was developed under the auspices of the NHI through a cooperative agreement between the FHWA and the CP Tech Center. 

ACPA and IGGA were instrumental in providing content for the courses, and we invested significant time and resources, providing information, images, and other support for the project. The online courses include the following topics:

  • How to Construct Durable Full-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207A)
  • How to Construct Durable Partial-Depth Repairs in Concrete Pavements (FHWA-NHI-134207B)
  • Proper Diamond Grinding Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207C)
  • Proper Construction Techniques for Dowel Bar Retrofit (DBR) and Cross-Stitching (FHWA-NHI-134207D)
  • Proper Joint Sealing Techniques for Pavement Preservation (FHWA-NHI-134207E)

The program provides a total of 13.5 hours of online learning of pavement preservation methods and technologies. Courses are also available in English and Spanish. Click here to view the course selection and register. 

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