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NC Conference Centers on Best Practices

The 2018 North Carolina Concrete Pavement Conference was held October 29-30 at the Embassy Suites Airport in Greensboro, NC.

The conference drew 260 registrants from the North Carolina DOT (NCDOT) and ACPA-Southeast Chapter members, including contractors, cement companies, consultants, and equipment and material suppliers.

North Carolina DOT Chief Engineer Tim Little, P.E. and NCDOT’s Transportation Chairman Michael Fox kicked-off the conference.  Both expressed their support for sharing best practices and new technologies to help ensure construction projects are delivered on-time.

The first day’s presentations included ACPA’s 2040 Vision (presented by Leif Wathne), the essential practices of quality concrete pavement construction, performance engineered mixtures, dowel bar trends, and pavement preservation strategies.

The second day’s presentations included NCDOT’s use of Value Engineering and New Products evaluations, MIT’s research of Interstate highway performance data, NCDOT’s use of performance measures, asset management, concrete overlays, diamond grinding, roller-compacted concrete, and full-depth reclamation with cement. Several topics included project case studies that helped illustrate concrete pavement constructability, durability and longevity. Guests also enjoyed an evening networking reception with exhibitors. Conference presentations may be found on the Southeast Chapter website

Everett Appointed FHWA Exec Director

Thomas (Tom) Everett has been appointed as the Federal Highway Administration’s Assistant Administrator (Executive Director), according to Brandye L. Hendrickson, Deputy Administrator. He begins his new role on October 22.

As Executive Director, he will oversee the day-to-day operations and management of the Agency and will work directly with FHWA leadership in establishing and executing Agency policies, strategic initiatives, and performance goals to accomplish national transportation priorities established by the U.S. DOT Secretary.

Everett served previously in headquarters program offices, three Federal-aid Division Offices, and the FHWA Resource Center.  As an SES official, he has provided exceptional national and corporate leadership, Hendrickson says. 

In his role as Office of Program Administration Director, he oversaw the implementation of risk-based stewardship and oversight strategies. He also championed regulatory and policy changes allowing for greater design flexibilities on the National Highway System. More recently, as the Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, he led the completion and implementation of regulations transforming the Federal-aid highway program to become performance-based and data driven. He also guided FHWA emergency response and emergency relief efforts for three hurricanes, as well as the Interstate 85 bridge collapse in Atlanta.

ACPA Takes a Stand on Hours of Service

Earlier this year, ACPA’s Hours of Service (HOS) Task Force crafted and submitted a request for an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) driver hours of service (HOS) requirements. FMCSA published the ACPA request for exemption in the Federal Register (83 Fed. Reg. 45300), and in response to ACPA’s application, the FMCSA invited comments on the website.

In general, ACPA’s petition seeks exemption for the concrete paving industry from:  The 30-minute break requirement (49 C.F.R. § 395), and the 12 hour daily on-duty limit on the short-haul exception ( 49 C.F.R. § 395.3(a)(3)(ii)). 

As the close of the comment period (at midnight last night), 28 comments were posted, with 17 coming from industry, including ACPA contractor members. ACPA was also able to garner support from AGC and ARTBA, which also posted comments. 

ACPA thanks the members and non-members, along with AGC and ARTBA officials, who submitted comments in support of this important exemption. ACPA also thanks the association’s HOS Task Force members for their guidance and support in developing the requested exemption.


NACA to Host Post-Election Webinar

Interested in knowing how the mid-term elections will impact our industry? 

Be sure to participate in a post-election webinar hosted by the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA).  The webinar will inform the cement and concrete industries what happened on Election Day, how the results impact the political landscape and what the results may mean for the industries. 

This year’s mid-term elections are particularly important because 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are at stake, according to 

The webinar will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) / 1 p.m. (CST). Click here to register for the event.

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.

Breaking News: Senate Approves FAA Bill

The U.S. Senate voted 93-6 to approve the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration bill. The measure now clears the legislation for signature by President Trump.  The six votes came from three Republicans and three Democrats, according to THE HILL, which reported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the bill a “fulsome reauthorization” of FAA.

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