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ACPA Participates in TRB Concrete Pavements Meeting

Eric Ferrebee of ACPA participated in the Transportation Research Board’s recent Mid-Year Meeting for the Concrete Pavement Design and Construction Committees in Orlando, FL. 

The Florida Chapter hosted the meeting and welcomed Florida DOT, Alabama DOT, and FHWA personnel, as well as other transportation experts. In addition to chair reports, the meeting also included TRB staff comments, as well a presentation on designing long-life concrete pavements (by Rich Rogers, Texas Cement Promotion Council), an FHWA concrete pavement update (by Tom Yu, FHWA), Florida DOT’s concrete pavement test road (by Jamie Greene from Florida DOT), and an in-depth analysis of concrete pavement cracking (by Georgene Geary GG&GA).

The group also heard presentations about the I-4 Ultimate Project , which they also toured. At $2.3 billion, this is one of the most expensive projects the Florida DOT has ever done.  The project reconstructs a 20-mile section of I-4 through Orlando and also creates express lanes through the corridor. 

ACPA Leads Concrete Pavement Workshop

For the third consecutive year, ACPA conducted training workshops for DOT officials and contractors in Florida.

Working closely with Amy Wedel and Roger Schmitt of the Florida Chapter-ACPA, Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder conducted training in Davie and Orlando, FL.

Training this year concentrated on pavement design (using AASHTOWare’s Pavement ME) and construction practices. Training last year and in 2017 focused on concrete pavement jointing.
Audience groups were comprised of just Florida DOT representatives and contractors. ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA member John Eisenhower (Guntert & Zimmerman) were also on hand to lend support. Chairman Mack also brought three industry professionals from Sweden.

The workshop also featured a panel discussion titled “From the Office to the Field – Lessons Learned from US 17.” The discussion centered on a project by Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., an ACPA member. Discussing the project were to Florida DOT officials, who were joined by an Ajax company official in Davie.

Pavement design topics included: a history and background of M-E pavement design, jointed plain concrete pavement design, sensitivity analyses for critical inputs and engineering solutions, hands on Pavement M-E training, and additional design considerations. Construction topics included best practices for constructing smooth, durable concrete pavements; troubleshooting field problems and constructability issues, and traffic management.
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Photo caption: Participants discuss concrete pavement example problems (foreground) as Jim Mack and Eric Ferrebee respond to questions and comments (upper right).

ACPA Building Stronger Presence in Florida  

ACPA enjoyed a strong presence at the Florida Transportation Builders Association’s 2018 Construction Conference on Feb. 8 and 9.  The event was held in Orlando, Fla., and attracted more than 1,700 attendees. 

Leif Wathne discussed ACPA’s VISION 2040 initiative and announced the affiliation of the Florida Chapter-ACPA during his overview of national ACPA activities. Wathne highlighted the association’s technical and promotion objectives and major goals. Wathne also expressed the Association’s excitement and interest in becoming more involved with agencies and industry in Florida, then thanked local Association members for their support of the new chapter.

ACPA Vice Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) also spoke at the conference on jointing concrete pavements and how to make them work in intersection applications, a topic identified as a key learning objective of the Florida DOT for its growing concrete paving program.

ACPA Announces Florida Chapter Affiliation

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced the affiliation of the Florida Chapter-ACPA, which expands the association’s network to 21 regional and local paving associations.  

Supported by the multifaceted capabilities and technical, advocacy, and promotional resources of ACPA National, the Florida Chapter and other affiliated chapters provide direct support to local agencies/owners and other customers in states/provinces and regions throughout the United States and Canada.  

The Florida Chapter-ACPA is organized under the Florida Concrete & Products Association (FC&PA), which was founded in 1955.  The Florida Chapter will represent both the national association and the FCPA in customer-facing matters related to technology transfer, technical service, advocacy and promotion of concrete pavements.

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