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NACA to Congressional Leaders: Make the Tough Choice

In a letter penned by the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), leaders of 12 cement and concrete associations, including ACPA, urged U.S. House and Senate Leadership to put partisan politics aside and act as statesmen and stateswomen to pass “bipartisan legislation that provides for robust investment in infrastructure with a sustainable long-term funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund.”  

In crafting the letter, ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne added straightforward language urging Congress to put an end to “freeloading on investments made by a previous generation of Americans that were willing to make the tough but necessary investments in this country’s future success.”  They note that Congress’ inaction under the “false pretense of fiscal conservatism” has resulted in “squandering those [past] investments by allowing our infrastructure to crumble and collapse,” further adding, “There is nothing conservative about allowing the very civil infrastructure that allows our commerce and economy to flourish, to just fall apart.”

This tough talk underscores the resolve and goal of ACPA to push hard on behalf of its members for solutions to highway and other infrastructure funding, including a durable solution to the Highway Trust Fund.   At the same time, it is aimed at addressing the urgency of advancing legislation that resolves the “mounting crisis of our nation’s failing infrastructure.”  Click here to see the complete letter.


ACPA and Affiliates Meet with Federal Highway Administration

ACPA national and local affiliates gathered in Washington, D.C., for what has become an annual meeting with the Federal Highway Administration.

Over the years, the meetings have provided the opportunity for the ACPA network and FHWA personnel to discuss current and emerging issues, as well as to discuss ongoing initiatives.

Prior to the meeting, ACPA had an opportunity to speak with FHWA Acting Administrator Brandye Hendrickson, who also participated in the infrastructure briefing on highways at the White House. 

Representing FHWA were senior officials, including Tom Everett, Associate Administrator, Office of Infrastructure; Hari Kala, Director of the Office of Asset Management, Pavements, and Construction; and Cheryl Richter, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Research & Development, as well as a large contingent of FHWA team leaders and staff representing both FHWA headquarters and research offices.

Representing the ACPA network were ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne, as well as seven Chapter/State representatives.  These included ACPA Chapter Chairman Greg Dean (Southeast Chapter-Carolinas Concrete Pavement Association); Ray Seipp (ACPA, Mid-Atlantic Chapter); and Kevin McMullen (Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association).  Also, John Becker (ACPA, Pennsylvania Chapter); John Cunningham (Iowa Concrete Paving Association); Brent Burwell (Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter-ACPA); Mike Byers (Indiana Chapter-ACPA). 

The group spoke about ongoing, collaborative initiatives including performance-engineered mixtures (PEM); continuation of concrete overlay implementation; MEPDG implementation and support, and the FHWA pavement notebook. 

The group also talked about possible collaborations on topics including e-learning courses;, asset management, fabric interlayer usage; maintenance of traffic, and accelerated loading facility research on RCC overlays. The meeting continued with discussions about competition and pavement type selection guidance, as well as an overview of the recent ACPA VISION 2040 plan.  

ACPA Visits White House for Highway Briefing

ACPA participated in an infrastructure briefing on highways earlier this month at the White House.

ACPA Vice Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.), ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, and ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne represented ACPA members and affiliates at the meeting.

The meeting was led by Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen, as well as D.J. Gribbin from the National Economic Council and Alex Herrgott from the Council on Environmental Quality.

Key pillars of the infrastructure framework highlighted during the briefing were:

  1. Regulatory reform (fixing parts of the regulatory system that are broken, and realigning priorities to ensure federal agencies are a help to business rather than a burden),
  2. Rewarding local action (leveraging local/state moneys with federal seed moneys, using grant programs), and
  3. Expanding the reach of federal lending programs (such as TIFIA and RIF).  The overarching objective of the Administration with this change in approach is to grow infrastructure investment partly by enacting policies that lower cost and speed delivery.

Briefings such as this give ACPA first-hand insights into key priorities of the Administration, and also increase the awareness of the Association and its members’ priorities in our nation’s capital.

ACPA, PCA Participate in AASHTO Annual Meeting

ACPA and PCA participated in the AASHTO Annual Meeting recently, with the benefits of competition once again being the key discussion topic with agency officials.

ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., and PCA’s Director of Infrastructure Marketing, Alpa Swinger presented views on the advantages of competition within and between paving materials industries.    

The industry’s efforts to educate and inform on the topic of competition in pavement type selection is supported by a number of resources posted to  Among the many reports, articles, presentations and documents are recent research results from MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub.

Missouri/Kansas Chapter in the News

At the invitation of the Panamá Concrete Producers Association (APACRETO) and Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete (FIHP), Todd LaTorella, P.E., Executive Director of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA, participated in a trip to Panamá City, Panamá.

LaTorella presented on Airfield Pavement Whitetopping (concrete overlays) to a group of about 50 officials.   Also part of the trip was a visit to a local airport to discuss concrete overlay opportunities.  



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