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Success at World of Concrete

For the second year in a row, ACPA, IGGA and PCA exhibited together at World of Concrete last week. The three associations had a commanding presence at a choice location in the Central Hall.

Staff members of the three associations–Scott Mueller and Bill Davenport (ACPA), John Roberts (IGGA), Alpa Swinger and Dave Arquette (PCA)–refined a booth concept that was very inviting and encouraged interaction with show attendees.

With the addition of a trivia contest, the combined booth saw an estimated 650 visitors. Scott developed the trivia contest, with support from ACPA and PCA staff, to build awareness of the sustainability, resilience and performance benefits of cement and concrete. The trivia contest wa an entertaining way to share information on important and timely topics and also was a nice complement to PCA’s launch of the “Shaped by Concrete” educational campaign. (See related story in this issue of ACPA TODAY.)

In addition to staff members noted above, Jerry Voigt, Eric Ferrebee and Chrissy Mysko (ACPA) and Jamie Farney and Greg Halsted (PCA) worked the booth, providing technical and membership information; educating visitors about the benefits of cement and concrete solutions; building awareness about timely issues; and sharing some fun and important information with trivia “contestants.” Mike Ireland, Nick Ferrari, Ed Sullivan and Mike Zande (PCA) also spent time visiting members and other visitors at the show.

ACPA delivered three industry training courses presented by Jerry Voigt and Eric Ferrebee, along with help from Mike Ayers. The topics included constructing smooth concrete pavements; proper joint design, construction & sealing; and a new course on techniques to repair/preserve concrete pavements. In all, they presented more than 9-1/2 hours of training to a record-breaking 80 individuals.

ACPA and PCA also had press events at the show, with ACPA providing an overview on market trends and recent programs and initiatives, and PCA presenting both an economic forecast and details about the “Shaped by Concrete” campaign.

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 and PCA Formalize Agreement to Support Promotion Plan

ACPA and PCA have completed and signed a memorandum of understanding that solidifies the two associations’ agreement to implement and execute a long-term paving promotion plan.  The agreement defines roles and responsibility, financial terms, communications and reporting and other details that support a stronger national and local promotion program.

“We are grateful to the leadership of PCA and ACPA for their support of this comprehensive plan, which will increase the use of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions in highways, airports, streets/roads and commercial/industrial facilities,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President and CEO.

“With the support of PCA and ACPA’s volunteer leaders, we have already made significant progress in laying the groundwork and taking the first steps toward what we are confident will be a successful, effective plan to increase the awareness and usage of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions,” says ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX).  “The ultimate beneficiaries will be our customers at the DOT’s and other agencies and owners, and of course, the traveling public.”

 

Open House Showcases Overlay on Vital KY Parkway

Almost 40 people participated in an open house event yesterday in Elizabethtown, KY.  The event was of special significance because of its focus on a 6-in. thick unbonded concrete overlay on the Bluegrass Parkway (from mile marker 0 to 6). 

This Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project is being constructed on a vital section of highway connects with Interstate 65 to the west and U.S. Route 60 to the east.  

The event started with a briefing and a luncheon at the City’s Pritchard Community Center. Greg Smith, Director of Paving Technology for the Kentucky Concrete Pavement Association, covered some recent concrete overlay projects in Kentucky and Indiana, national perspectives and statistics, and an overview of the project. He also presented many design tools and other resources offered by ACPA (including www.pavementDesigner.org), along with resources offered by the CP Tech Center. 

Tony Korba, Operations Manager at E&B Paving, an ACPA member, provided details about the construction of the Blue Grass overlay project, covering details about smoothness, joints, paving challenges, and fibers. 

Following the briefing, participants then loaded a bus and headed to the project site, where they had the opportunity to see the concrete overlay and discuss specifics about project on the WB lane of the Bluegrass Parkway, one of seven highways that are part of the Commonwealth’s parkway system.

Bill Davenport from ACPA was on hand to chronicle the event, which will be produced as a video report soon. The project also will be covered in an upcoming issue of CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS magazine. 

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