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ACPA Supports Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

ACPA stands united this week with the FHWA, AASHTO and state highway and transportation agencies, trade associations, contractors, cement companies, and other stakeholders in the transportation-construction community to build awareness about work zone safety.

FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson led the kickoff event for the 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week in Washington, DC, yesterday. Administrator Hendrickson was joined by local officials, construction workers, and families of highway work zone victims, all united in building greater awareness of work zone safety.  Administrator Hendrickson also spoke at the North American Concrete Alliance fly-in this morning and reminded participants of the “Drive Like You Work Here” theme. 

In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 799 fatalities in work zones, which is a two-percent increase from the previous year, according to an FHWA press release.

ACPA is supporting the program with a robust series of social media posts throughout this week. Donna Antonacci and Bill Davenport collaborated on creating a series of attention-grabbing graphics, and messaging to increase awareness about work zone safety, as well as the need to avoid behaviors that can lead to work zone accidents and incidents.

We have seen excellent engagement in our social media channels, especially Twitter and Facebook. ACPA is urging members and affiliates to join the discussion on social media. Click the highlighted links to view and interact with ACPA’s messages on Twitter and Facebook(Social media users–Look for these tags: #DriveLikeYouWorkHere, #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, #NationalWorkZoneSafety, and variations of those trending topics.) 

 

ACPA Congratulates Nason as FHWA Administrator

The Hon. Nicole Nason was confirmed as the 26th FHWA Administrator on Mar. 28. (Photo: US State Dept.)

ACPA extends its heartiest congratulations to the Hon. Nicole R. Nason following her confirmation as the 26th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The U.S. Senate voted 95 to 1 in favor of the confirmation. 

“We are very pleased to hear the results of the confirmation hearing, and we look forward to working with Ms. Nason and her staff,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.  “We have enjoyed a strong and positive relationship with the FHWA over the years, and we are confident that excellent relationship will continue as the new Administrator leads the agency to seize opportunities and solve challenges now and in the future.”

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.

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FHWA Offers Funding for Advancing Innovations

The FHWA is seeking innovations that may need some assistance to become market ready. 

The agency issued a broad agency announcement about the FHWA Accelerated Market Readiness (AMR) program, which will provide resources for the rapid, national assessment of emerging innovations and for the development of documentation of these assessments.

According to the announcement, these activities are intended to help advance the innovations to a more complete market-ready status, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of the innovations by transportation agencies. A total of $3 million in funding–ranging  in value between $200,000 and $500,000–is available for all awards under this announcement. The FHWA anticipates  that it may award up to eight contracts, cooperative agreements or funding allocations. 

The announcement includes questionnaires and forms that must be reviewed and completed, as indicated. Click here to read the announcement on FedBizOpps.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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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