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FHWA Meeting Sets Pace for Future Strategies

With encouragement to “be bold” FHWA Pavement Design and Performance Team Leader LaToya Johnson set a positive and productive course for a 1-1/2 day “Concrete Pavement Strategic Planning Meeting” last week. Held  at ACPA headquarters in Rosemont, IL.

Meeting participants included officials from the FHWA, state DOT’s, academia, and industry (including Jerry Voigt of ACPA).

The first day of the meeting  was about equally divided between  discussions about current concerns and limitations of concrete pavement design and ways to evaluate long-life pavement strategies in spite of constraints and limitations.  The second day included breakout sessions and group reports on the benefits of and implementation of long-life pavement strategies.

Framing the discussions and break-out sessions were presentations on pavement design by Mark Snyder, President of Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants; Tom Yu,  FHWA Pavement Design Program Manager; Tom Van Dam, Principal Engineer, NCE.  Kurt Smith, Program Director, and Prashant Ram, Pavement Engineer, both with Applied Pavement Technology, facilitated the meeting.  

A key deliverable of the meeting will be a white paper that will capture key points from the stakeholders and which will be used for future planning. 

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FHWA Offers Pavement Restoration Checklists

In the resource spotlight this week is the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center’s (CP Tech Center’s) series of updated and new pavement preservation  checklist.

Originally developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2002, the preservation checklists provide excellent information on innovative pavement preservation techniques. Designed to guide state and local highway preservation/maintenance and inspection staff, the checklists provide useful information to contractors and others with an interest in concrete pavement preservation, repair, and restoration. 

Checklist topics include the following: 

• Joint and Crack Sealing • Full-Depth Repair
• Diamond Grinding • Cross-Stitching
• Dowel-Bar Retrofit • Longitudinal Diamond Grooving
• Partial-Depth Repair  


The complete list of 2019 and 2002 checklists may be found on FHWA’s pavement preservation resource website. The CP Tech Center also includes a link to the resources on its curated online library of pavement preservation resources. 


AASHTO Names Hendrickson as Deputy Director

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has named Brandye Hendrickson, currently the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Deputy Administrator, as its new deputy director.

Appointed to her current FHWA role in July 2017, Hendrickson served as the agency’s acting administrator for two years until Nicole R. Nason officially became the FHWA Administrator in May.  

“I am thrilled that someone with Brandye’s experience and leadership ability is joining the AASHTO team,” said Jim Tymon, AASHTO’s Executive Director. “She has a deep knowledge of the challenges facing surface transportation and that knowledge is going to directly benefit AASHTO and our member departments of transportation.”

“I’m excited about continuing to serve the transportation community in this new role and joining such a great team at AASHTO,” Hendrickson said in a statement.

The AASHTO announcement follows a search that began in May. Before joining FHWA, Hendrickson served as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation for two years and served as a member of AASHTO’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee until her FHWA appointment.

According to an AASHTO job posting, “The deputy director assists with managing the internal and external affairs of the organization, providing guidance and support to the association’s board of directors, as well as to its committee and council leadership.”  The deputy director also serves as a spokesperson and liaison between AASHTO and a variety of external agencies and organizations, including Congress, state legislatures, government agencies, the media, and other public groups, according to the posting.

File photo: FHWA.

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FHWA Report Details Interstate Precast Project

A 24-page report from the FHWA spotlights the use of precast concrete pavement along a section of I-90 near Issaquah, WA (about 20 miles east of downtown Seattle).  The project was made possible by an AID-PT* grant of $1,000,000 by FHWA to support the PCP test project. This case study report provides details of the PCP implementation by WSDOT to rehabilitate the distressed  pavement along the eastbound lanes of I-90 near Issaquah.

The report provides an overview of the project, details of the contracted work, and the requirements of the precast concrete pavement (PCP) panels. The illustrated report also describes the fabrication of the panels and the steps used to place the panels. 

The project was an important first step in the implementation of PCP by the Washington State DOT, the report says. To prepare for the project, the DOT participated in FHWA-sponsored workshops on PCP best practices, developed a provisional PCP spec, participated in an expert task group on PCP implementation, and along with the contractor and precaster staff, participated in just-in-time training. Click here to view/download the 24-page report. 

Composite photo shows the location of the PCP project near Issaquah, WA, as well as the placement of the second panel.  (Photos:  Copyright property of Google® Earth™ and courtesy of Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., Advanced Concrete Pavement Consultancy LLC)

* 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.

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.”


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.

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




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