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.