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SPS-2 Tech Day Slated for March

Following the success of the SPS-2 Tech Days in 2018, Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA P3 Partnership is reporting that the first event scheduled for 2019 will be held on Tues., March 12, at Caltrans District 10’s office in Stockton, CA.

Throughout 2018, Scofield worked closely with ACPA-affiliated Chapter executives, state transportation agency officials, and others to present information on the history of the FHWA’s Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program, details about the LTPP SPS-2 Concrete Experiment, and evaluation of the LTPP pavement sections throughout the United States.  

This year’s presentations kick-off with the Tech Day event in Stockton, which promises to be informative and interesting.   Registration is free of charge, but reservations are required.  Please click here to see the event flyer, then register as soon as possible. Dr. Dulce Rufino Feldman is the key contact and can be reached at dulce.rufino@dot.ca.gov

Interested in learning more about the SPS-2 program and virtual tour of an SPS-2 section in Kansas?  Click here for the SPS-2 Resource Center.

ACPA Endorses Nason as FHWA Administrator

The Hon. Nicole Nason, nominee for FHWA Administrator. (Photo: US State Dept.)

ACPA has announced its support for Nicole R. Nason, who was nominated to serve as the next Administrator of the FHWA.

Nason is the former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA); previously served on the Board of Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and has vast experience with both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

“ACPA has long advocated, for safe, efficient highways, and in that spirit, we support the nomination of Nicole Nason as the next FHWA Administrator,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.  “Ms. Nason’s experience and accomplishments make her well-suited to lead the FHWA in its mission to reduce traffic fatalities on U.S. highways,” Voigt said, adding, “Her experience also will  prove valuable to the FHWA as it continues to usher in new technologies, including autonomous vehicles and other innovations that can improve the safety, functionality, and efficiency of the nation’s highways.   

“In addition to service and accomplishments at NHTSA, the depth and breadth of Ms. Nason’s service in leadership roles in the Federal government also will prove to be valuable for the FHWA, state transportation agencies, and the traveling public,” Voigt said.

“We look forward to a rapid confirmation and welcome the opportunity to work with Ms. Nason as the 26th FHWA Administrator,” he added.

ACPA has communicated its support of Nason with a press release and social media posts.

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ACPA Endorses Nason as FHWA Administrator

The Hon. Nicole Nason, nominee for FHWA Administrator. (Photo: US State Dept.)

ACPA has announced its support for Nicole R. Nason, who was nominated to serve as the next Administrator of the FHWA.

Ms. Nason is the former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator (NHTSA); previously served on the Board of Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); and has vast experience with both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

“ACPA has long advocated, for safe, efficient highways, and in that spirit, we support the nomination of Nicole Nason as the next FHWA Administrator,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.  “Ms. Nason’s experience and accomplishments make her well-suited to lead the FHWA in its mission to reduce traffic fatalities on U.S. highways,” Voigt said, adding, “Her experience also will  prove valuable to the FHWA as it continues to usher in new technologies, including autonomous vehicles and other innovations that can improve the safety, functionality, and efficiency of the nation’s highways.   

“In addition to service and accomplishments at NHTSA, the depth and breadth of Ms. Nason’s service in leadership roles in the Federal government also will prove to be valuable for the FHWA, state transportation agencies, and the traveling public,” Voigt said.

“We look forward to a rapid confirmation and welcome the opportunity to work with Ms. Nason as the 26th FHWA Administrator,” he added.

ACPA Comments on FHWA Pavement Policy and Guidance

ACPA 2019 Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA EVP Leif Wathne participated in a pavement design policy and guidance listening session at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC, last Friday.

“The listening session was the result of many years of our industry advocating for the use of life cycle cost analysis, asset management, competition, and other considerations as important stewardship tools,” Mack says. “In addition to providing this information, we also have been sharing and using the information MIT has been developing to support our positions.”

“The concrete pavement industry believes the FHWA pavement policy, as written, is clear and states concisely what key factors need to be considered; however, we do not believe the policy is being clearly and uniformly interpreted and communicated by FHWA division offices and agencies,” Wathne says.

In addition to addressing the pavement policy, the listening session was an opportunity for the concrete pavement industry to submit comments regarding both the policy’s non-regulatory supplement on Pavement Design Considerations and the supporting Technical Advisory T5040.39 on Alternate Design/Alternate Bid.  “The supplement needs to be sorely updated,” Wathne says, noting, “The technical advisory on alternate design/alternate bidding is very well written and provides sound guidance that is consistent with good stewardship principles.”

ACPA was one of several transportation-construction industry groups invited to participate in the session. One of the other groups involved, NRMCA, also provided comments.  Wathne said the views expressed by Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA were complementary and supportive of ACPA’s views, indicating continued strong alignment between the associations’ priorities in this area.  

The listening session Friday is one of several planned for highway stakeholders to present views. The Friday session focused on industry opinions centered on: what’s working with the current policy and technical guidance; what’s not working; what’s needed to address challenges/concerns; what’s missing or needs to be updated; and what else does the FHWA need to be aware of or add to pavement design issues.

As a follow-up to the listening session, ACPA plans to submit formal written comments detailing the concrete pavement industry’s views on these matters.  

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Everett Appointed FHWA Exec Director

Thomas (Tom) Everett has been appointed as the Federal Highway Administration’s Assistant Administrator (Executive Director), according to Brandye L. Hendrickson, Deputy Administrator. He begins his new role on October 22.

As Executive Director, he will oversee the day-to-day operations and management of the Agency and will work directly with FHWA leadership in establishing and executing Agency policies, strategic initiatives, and performance goals to accomplish national transportation priorities established by the U.S. DOT Secretary.

Everett served previously in headquarters program offices, three Federal-aid Division Offices, and the FHWA Resource Center.  As an SES official, he has provided exceptional national and corporate leadership, Hendrickson says. 

In his role as Office of Program Administration Director, he oversaw the implementation of risk-based stewardship and oversight strategies. He also championed regulatory and policy changes allowing for greater design flexibilities on the National Highway System. More recently, as the Associate Administrator for Infrastructure, he led the completion and implementation of regulations transforming the Federal-aid highway program to become performance-based and data driven. He also guided FHWA emergency response and emergency relief efforts for three hurricanes, as well as the Interstate 85 bridge collapse in Atlanta.

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AASHTO Washington Briefing

February 26 - March 1
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2019 Virginia Concrete Conference

February 28 - March 1

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