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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 http://competitionpaves.org.  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.  

 

 

FHWA Seeks Long-Life and Sustainable Pavement Projects Ideas

The Federal Highway Administration is looking for good examples of long-life pavement projects and projects that incorporate sustainable practices for case study consideration.

  • Click here view a flyer outlining what the agency is seeking for pavement projects featuring long-life designs and successful use of preservation and rehabilitation practices.  To complete an online survey to provide project details, click here.
  • Click here view a flyer outlining what the agency is seeking for pavement projects featuring sustainable practices.  To complete an online survey to provide project details, click here.

 

NACA Presents Views on Infrastructure Investment

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* presented strong views on transportation investment to U.S. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.-09) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.-04).

In particular, the NACA partner associations recognized the Committees focus on the challenges affecting the nation’s infrastructure, but also expressed concern, “….That the investment in our surface transportation infrastructure is painfully inadequate to meet our current needs, let alone the needs of future generations. We believe that previous efforts fell short and as a result, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is still not adequately funded and Congress is no closer to enacting a permanent, or even long-lasting, solution to address its solvency.

The group further stated, “We cannot squander the investments previous generations made by allowing our infrastructure to crumble and collapse,” and encouraged the T&I Committee, “…To make the investments that help ease the congestion and capacity issues that plague our surface transportation network, while simultaneously, building highways for the future that can accommodate current and future trends, including autonomous vehicles, business and distribution corridors, and enhanced access for e-commerce.”

Click here to see a complete copy.

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NACA is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping 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.

Transportation Briefing Targets Red Tape

Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen (L) and Deputy General Counsel James Owens (R) briefed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens.

ACPA participated in a briefing at the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month to hear more about the agency’s  role in the Trump Administration’s initiative to reduce burdensome regulations. 

During the briefing, the agency’s Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen and Deputy General Counsel James Owens informed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens. The officials also used the event to announce a formal Notification of Regulatory Review at the DOT. This notice encourages the public to comment on proposed regulatory changes. To view the information or submit comments, please follow this link

Owens noted that rising regulatory burdens may have slowed  gross domestic product (GDP) by an average of 0.8 percent since 1980. “Many regulations are well intentioned, but create harmful economic consequences for the economy and restrict transactions among Americans,” he said. He added GDP could be as much as 20% greater if the regulatory burden was still at 1980 levels.

The Administration’s regulatory reform principles aim to: reduce regulatory burdens; regulate effectively and efficiently; promote due process; provide fair notice; and respect individual liberty and property rights, according to the presentation.

The initiative began with the President signing Executive Order 13771 on January 30, and since then the Administration has made significant progress on reducing regulations. At the DOT, as with other federal agencies, the Executive Order is aimed at eliminating two regulations for every one introduced and eliminating regulatory costs, which will have a net savings for the public. Along with a regulatory reform task force, agencies will have a regulatory reform officer, a role filled by Deputy Secretary Rosen at DOT.

Other key goals are to “unleash the economy and leave space for innovation,” according to the presentation. ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the briefing on behalf of association members. Although anecdotal, the effects of regulatory reduction are already being observed by some ACPA members. ACPA TODAY will continue to report news on this topic.

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Sources:  NPR report: http://www.npr.org/2017/02/24/517059327/trump-orders-agencies-to-reduce-regulations and independent reporting.

 

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