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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. 

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Offers Training & Tech Transfer

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight two of the tech transfer events in which the Mid-Atlantic Chapter has been involved recently.  Chapter President Ray Seipp covers a multi-state region and has been working proactively to provide training and tech transfer opportunities to customers.

In late March, Ray participated in the Southeast Pavement Preservation Workshop in Charleston, WV.  The event drew an estimated 150 people reepresenting industry, agencies, and academia.  The workshop focused on preservation’s role in sustainability and included two days of updates, sustainability-focused presentations, roundtable discussions, and other meetings.  

The prior week, Ray joined with Gordon Smith and Jerod Gross of the CP Tech Center to present back-to-back workshops to key employees of the West Virginia DOT’s Division of Highways employees in Princeton, WV.  More than 50 employees attended the Concrete Overlay Workshop on March 20 and the Inspector’s Workshop on March 21. 

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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.

 

CP Tech Center Posts Concrete Distress Guide

Understanding, preventing and repairing distresses in concrete pavements has always been challenging, but thanks to a new guide, the task will now be much easier.

Published by the CP Tech Center, the “Guide for Concrete Pavement Distress Assessments and Solutions” allows readers to match various distresses with effective solutions. The 470-page guide is divided into two major sections that cover full-depth concrete pavements and concrete overlays, as well as a third section that covers, “Field Evaluation and Laboratory Testing Procedures.”

The guide is written for agency personnel and consulting engineers responsible for managing concrete pavement assets. Contractors also may find the guide to be useful as a quick reference or for training. Each distress type in the guide includes useful information that includes a description, severity, causes, evaluation, treatment and repairs, and references.

The manual was developed as part of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) cooperative agreement to support more sustainable concrete pavement technical solutions. To view/download the guide as a PDF, click here. To download the guide as an e-pub, click here.

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.

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