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Report Presents Latest AID-PT Program Update

The latest FHWA annual report on the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program presents highlights and case history examples of key deliverables.

Hari Kalla, FHWA Associate Adminstrator for Infrastructure, opens the report with comments about the program, including recent focus areas, including pavement design, construction, sustainability, data management, and training

The 47-page report includes specific examples of programs, activities and specific products.  A few of the coverage areas of particular interest to the concrete pavement construction community include concrete pavement preservation, precast concrete pavement  systems, and the agency’s Concrete Clips education & tech transfer video series, which ACPA promotes actively.  The report also includes an update on the Mobile Concrete Technology Center (MCTC) and related accomplishments and activities..

Jerry Voigt provided some comments on behalf of the concrete pavement industry.  ““Profound changes are happening all around us and at an ever-increasing pace! Driving these changes are population increases and shifts, consumer trends, and the increased use of technology in almost every facet of life. These and other factors are transforming the roles of highways and the people responsible for their design, construction, and rehabilitation.”

The AID-PT* program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.

__________________________________ * Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015,  again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through the end of this fiscal year.  Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.

APTP Funding Secured in 2020 Appropriations Package

The ACPA-initiated “Airfield Pavement Technology Program (APTP)” was included in the latest “minibus” funding package, which secures the funding for FY 2020.

The measure was approved as part of a two-package “minibus” legislation totaling about $500 billion. The House approved the measures on December 17; the Senate approved the package on December 19; and President Trump signed both into law on December 20.

Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, points to collaborative efforts that led to the inclusion of the program. “We worked closely with PCA and NAPA to include the program in the 2018 FAA bill (the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018). With the authorization secured, ACPA, along with support from legislative consultants Ed Graber and Chad Bradley, PCA and NAPA, then turned the focus to appropriations.”

“Last year, we worked together with our legislative partners to secure an addition $6 million in funding over the baseline amount ($33,224,000) for Airport Technology Research, effectively funding the APTP program called out in Section 744 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018” he says, adding this is an essential step for each of the five years of the program. “We went to Congress and requested another $6 million to ensure we exceeded the baseline amount, which we are confident will create the opportunity for the FAA to establish a cooperative agreement and/or other collaborative research with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), similarly to the way past IPRF programs were handled.”

The groundwork for collaborative research with the FAA has been ongoing and was the topic of a productive meeting last June at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. Representing ACPA and the CP Tech Center were Jim Mack (2019 Chairman) of CEMEX, Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne, Gary Mitchell, Gordon Smith and Peter Taylor, Ph.D. (See related story: Meeting Focuses on Collaborative Airport Pavement Research.)

The approach to the APTP program is modeled closely after the highly successful, ACPA-led AID-PT program in recent Highway Bills,* which has resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of support and scores of technology advances since 2012.  

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* The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21). This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology. In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020. The program has resulted in funding and major initiatives being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner. AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia. Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

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Letters Convey Appreciation for Research Funding

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Portland Cement Association (PCA) have sent letters to U.S. House and Senate Appropriation Committee leaders to express appreciation for inclusion of funding for increased airfield pavement research in S. 2520 and H.R. 3055 (Division E) appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. 

Gerald Voigt, P.E. (ACPA), Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. (NAPA), and Michael Ireland (PCA) co-signed the letters to the Senate and House Committees’ transportation subcommittee leaders. The letters went to House subcommittee Chair David Price and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balar and Senate  subcommittee Chair Susan Collins and Ranking Member Jack Reed.  

The research funding, if approved in the final appropriations bill, would be used to support a research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.” The provision is similar to the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), creating both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology. 

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Associations Express Support for Research Funding

The chief executives of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Portland Cement Association (PCA) today issued a joint statement welcoming the inclusion of funding for increased airfield pavement research in S. 2520 and H.R. 3055 (Division E) appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020. The House passed H.R. 3055 in June, and the Senate will consider S. 2520 as it works through the appropriations process over the coming weeks. Click here to see the joint statement.

Gerald Voigt, P.E. (ACPA), Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E. (NAPA), and Michael Ireland (PCA) released the statement, which was sent to the media and shared with members of the three associations.  Letters were send to Senate Appropriations Committee members, also expressing support for the research provision. 

The research funding, if approved in the final appropriations bill, would be used to support a research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.” The provision is similar to the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), creating both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology. AID-PT was also included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, and provides funding through 2020.  

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ACPA, PCA Offer Policy Recommendations to T&I Leadership

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)  and the Portland Cement Association (PCA) penned a joint letter to the Leadership of the House Transportation Committee, reaffirming the associations’ interest in working closely with the Committee to advance legislation to make needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

The letter emphasized said, “An efficient and well-functioning transportation network is essential to meeting the needs of the 21st century, and for positioning the U.S. economy for robust growth.”

The letter also included specific recommendations to inform policy discussions regarding improving and restoring America’s infrastructure.  They included:  greater investment; investing wisely (with an emphasis on competition, life-cycle cost assesment and resilience); and the need for research and technology deployment.

The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

The program has resulted in funding and major initiatives being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

ACPA also led advocacy efforts for a similar research provision was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Sec. 744, “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.”

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