Government Affairs

ACPA Congratulates New Transportation Secretary

The Hon. Elaine Chao is the 18th Secretary of Transportation. (Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation.)

ACPA sent a letter congratulating the Honorable Eileen Chao, recently confirmed as the 18th Secretary of Transportation.

Co-signed by ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt and Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, the letter expresses congratulations on behalf of the ACPA members, while also signaling the Association’s willingness to work with the Secretary and her staff.   The letter also pledges to continue building on strong relationships with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, and other agencies and offices within the Transportation Department.

ACPA has a long history of working closely with senior Transportation Department officials, as well as officials of the subset agencies within the Department.   ACPA senior staff and members also have testified before Congress on policy and funding matters that historically have positively impacted programs and funding at both the federal and state agency levels.

 

Make Plans to Attend Two-Lift Concrete Pavement Showcase

ACPA members, chapter/state affiliates, and members of the media are invited to attend a technology showcase for two-lift concrete pavements on Tuesday, January 31 in Burbank, Calif.

As the lead state for implementation of R21 technologies, Caltrans, in conjunction with the FHWA, is sponsoring the showcase, which will include a technical program featuring several agencies’ experience with the technology, followed by a field visit to a nearby two-lift paving project on Interstate 210.   The project is a 12-in. jointed-plain concrete pavement comprised of a 8-in. bottom lift and a 4 in. top lift.  The bottom lift features two separate mixes, one with reduced cement content and one with recycled ccncrete aggregate.

About Project R21

Project R21 developed design and construction guidelines for new composite pavement systems, including concrete pavements placed in two-lifts using a wet-on-wet process.   The pavement is said to provide significant benefits, including improved surface characteristics, reduced agency costs, lower energy costs, and reduced environmental impacts.

Details about the technical program and technology showcase, along with hotel registration details at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, are included in an event flyer.   Click here to download the flyer.

The showcase is being held in conjunction with the FHWA Expert Task Group on Precast Concrete Pavement, which will meet February 1 at the same venue.   For additional information, please contact Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., P.E., at stayabji@gmail.com

 

 

ACPA Pledges Support to President-Elect

The ACPA Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to congratulate the President-elect and the Vice President-elect, as well as to offer ACPA’s expertise and advice to the new Administration on highway infrastructure investment and improvement initiatives. Click here to see the formal resolution passed by the Board at its November 30 meeting.

ACPA also participated in a listening session that focused on infrastructure development, a key priority identified by the Administration. 

FHWA Seeks Civil Engineer

fhwa_logoThe Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center Pavement and Materials Technical Service Team is seeking a Civil Engineer (Highway/Pavement & Materials) to fill a GS-14 position currently advertised on the USA jobs website. 

This is a great opportunity to serve as a national expert providing technical assistance to our transportation partners and leading high priority FHWA pavement and materials emphasis areas.  If interested, please click on the applicable link below for specific details on the position.

For more information, please contact Chris Wagner, P.E., Team Manager, FHWA Pavement and Materials Technical Service Team, Atlanta, GA.  Phone: 404.562.3693 | Email:  Christopher.wagner@dot.gov.

 

Federal Highway Administration Announces Grants to Test Highway Funding

usdot-logo-16The Federal Highway Administration announced the award of $14.2 million in grants for states under a new program to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation press release.

“Reliable funding is essential to ensuring we have a sound transportation system to support the economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “More investment in transportation in greatly needed, and we must find new solutions to prepare for the travel demands of the nation’s growing population.”

The Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grant program, established under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, will fund projects to test the design, implementation and acceptance of user-based alternative revenue mechanisms.

The eight projects will pilot options to raise revenue, including on-board vehicle technologies to charge drivers based on miles traveled and multi-state or regional approaches to road user charges. The projects will address common challenges involved with implementing user-based fees such as public acceptance, privacy protection, equity, and geographic diversity. The projects will also evaluate the reliability and security of the technologies available to implement mileage-based fees.

 For a list of projects by state, please follow this link.

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