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Highlights of the CP Road Map

The latest news about the long-term plan for the Concrete Pavement Research and Technology, also called the CP Road Map, includes some excellent updates.  Here are two that caught our attention:

  • The publication of a research report called, “Reliable Early Opening Strength for Concrete Pavements and Patch Work,” which presents results of study by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center.  The research evaluated jointed plain concrete pavement performance in relation to dowel bar alignment using the new MIT-SCAN2-BT technology.
  • The CP Tech Center has published a comprehensive report called “Technology Transfer of Concrete Pavement Technologies,” which summarizes the accomplishments asssociated with the cooperative agreement between the center and the FHWA over the past five years. The goal of this project was to help bring the latest concrete pavement innovations, knowledge, and technologies to state transportation agencies in support of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT)* program goals.  The cooperative agreement was a direct result of ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which not only led to the vision and direction of AID-PT, as well as benefits to the concrete pavement community.

These and other reports may be found in the current issue of CP Road Map E-News, produced by Dale Harrington and Sabrina Shields-Cook. 

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* AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and included in both the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) and more recently, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015. AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with CP Tech Center, an ACPA Technology Partner.

 

FHWA Releases AID-PT Annual Report

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017-2018 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 37-page report includes a summary of goals of the AID-PT program, along with casebook examples developed around sustainability, tech transfer, “back to basics” education, recycling/reuse, research initiatives, performance-engineered mixtures, and more.

The report also includes quotes from ACPA President/CEO Jerry Voigt, who says, “Dividends from the AID-PT investments can be seen in technology advancements such as performance-engineered concrete mixtures, which is a program striving to ensure that agencies can specify—and contractors can deliver—durable pavements every time.”  He also cites a number of other benefits, including the FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Trailer.

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 2020.

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. 

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Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

CP Tech Center Awarded FHWA Cooperative Agreement

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has received a cooperative agreement by the Federal Highway Administration.  The cooperative agreement was funded under the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program.

AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  The program was also included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015.

AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with 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.  Additional information about his cooperative agreement will be presented at ACPA’s 55th annual meeting next week.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

FHWA Issues AID-PT Annual Report

FHWA publishes an annual report of AID-PT results and benefits.

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 28-page report includes case histories and other summary benefits of the program.

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 2020.

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.  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.

Update on the Highway Bill Extension

November 4, 2015 –  As ACPA reported last week, the President signed another short term extension (H.R. 3819) into law after both Chambers passed the measure. 

The short-term extension provides an additional three weeks of funding for surface transportation programs and extends FHWA’s operating authority through November 20.  The extension does not include additional revenue to the Highway Trust Fund, which is estimated to have sufficient funding to continue normal agency operations and reimbursements to States throughout the extension period.

This week, the House has been busy preparing to bring the “long-term” highway bill to the floor, with the Rules committee establishing the framework under which amendments (numbering in the hundreds) will be considered (i.e. deciding which amendments will be considered and which will not). 

In very broad strokes, said ACPA Executive Vice President Leif G. Wathne, the House is going to debate what is billed as a six year highway bill, but with only three years of payfors (much of which is uncertain), and at flat spending levels (current levels plus inflation, essentially).    It is important to note that the ACPA-advocated AID-PT program is included in this House bill (and in the Senate bill), thanks in large part to the excellent work by our lobbyists and industry partners (including PCA and NAPA).

Although this is not the kind of well-funded, long-term highway bill we all are looking for and deserve, it is better than month-to-month uncertainty and extensions.  ACPA, in conjunction with our partners in the Highway Materials Group have been busy urging members of congress and leadership to pass a multiyear highway bill that can be signed into law before the current short-term extension expires in 16 days.  Click here to view a letter we sent to members of Congress on Monday.  

In that letter, we make the point that status quo funding levels for surface transportation are inadequate, and  that Federal-aid Highway Program investment levels should be based on improving pavement and bridge conditions and performance, and the best way to fund the program is with an increase in the excise motor fuels tax combined with annual indexing. 

We also make the point that flat funding levels does not provide the long term certainty required for adequate planning and cost efficient resource investment, although this multi-year highway bill is an improvement over the recent short-term extensions.  In the final analysis, it is our opinion that this legislation is an important step in resolving the funding dilemma that has been crippling recent efforts to invest properly in America’s highways, roads and bridges. 

In other words, it is a step in the right direction, but we are not done!

 

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