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Meeting Focuses on Collaborative Airport Pavement Research

Officials from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, ACPA, and CP Tech Center met in Atlantic City this week to discuss ways the three organizations may work collaboratively on applied research for airfield concrete pavements.

“We appreciate the warm reception, tour, and generous amount of time we spent with Dr. Michel Hovan, FAA Airport Technology Manager and Jeff Gagnon, FAA Airport Pavement R&D Section Manager,” said ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt. “It gave us greater insights into some of the research the FAA is doing in the area of airside pavements.  The meeting also afforded ACPA and the CP Tech Center the opportunity to discuss research efforts with the FHWA and ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which have included specific airport pavement and highway pavement research programs.”

The meeting included an overview and discussion of current FAA research projects; CP Tech Center’s highway research & tech transfer efforts; and ACPA’s ongoing Federal advocacy efforts. 

“We discussed funding and how ACPA has worked with Federal agencies such as the FAA, FHWA, and Military Tri-Services, as well as elected officials in Washington, D.C.,” says Gary Mitchell, VP of Airports and Pavement Technology. “Our efforts include both highway and airport programmatic funding, but provisions that directly support funding for applied research.” This includes the long-standing AID-PT program, as well as a similar research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 (Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies). 

Mitchell serves on the FAA’s Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Subcommittee on Airports, which supports the development of the FAA‘s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation. ACPA’s Chairman Mack, P.E., (CEMEX) has recently been nominated to serve on the Subcommittee as well and is waiting conformation from the current Administration.

“In the near term,” Mitchell explains, “We will continue the dialogue as we also continue to push for funding to support research for airfield concrete pavements.  Longer term, our goal is to partner with the CP Tech Center and work collaboratively on  applied research projects with the FAA.”

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Photo:  Top photo (L to R) shows Dr. Michel Hovan, Gary Mitchell, Jerry Voigt, Dr. Peter Taylor, Gordon Smith, Jim Mack, Leif Wathne, and Jeff Gagnon at the Hughes Technical Center. The photo below shows one of two accelerated load facilities at the FAA’s research center.  Mitchell explained the two ALF machines are capable of simulating wheel loads of virtually any fixed wing aircraft in the US fleet. The machine shown also allows testing under various climatic conditions.

*  The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision 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.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

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It’s Official: Nason Sworn in as FHWA Administrator

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao presided over the swearing in ceremony for Nicole R. Nason as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last Thursday.  The event officially marks the beginning of Administrator Nason’s role as only the 20th FHWA Administrator and the 26th official to lead the FHWA and its predecessor organizations, which date back to 1893.

“We welcome Nicole back to the U.S. Department of Transportation,” says Secretary Chao, adding, “Her record of experience in the transportation sector and proven leadership skills will help this Administration’s efforts to streamline the permitting process, engage with innovative technologies, and enhance mobility on our nation’s highways.”

Since June 2017, Nason has served as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Administration at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as Administrator of USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2006-2008 and was the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs from 2003–2006. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Nason by a vote of 95-1 on March 28.

“I am honored to be selected by President Trump and privileged to join the strong team that Secretary Chao has assembled at DOT,“ Nason says. “Working with our many state and local partners, I look forward to leading the FHWA and to developing a strong, safe and modern transportation network that meets the needs of our 21st-century nation.“

Nason has also worked in the legislative branch as counsel for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary and as press secretary for Rep. Porter Goss (R-FL-14), who was then Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Nason earned a B.A. in Political Science and Government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. 

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Photo:  Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swears in Nicole R. Nason as FHWA Administrator as her husband David and children Abby, Alex and Brady look on. (Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation)

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.

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