ACPA Participates in TRB Concrete Pavements Meeting
- Monday, 08 July 2019 13:20
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
- Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:59
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.
Photo caption: Participants discuss concrete pavement example problems (foreground) as Jim Mack and Eric Ferrebee respond to questions and comments (upper right).
ACPA Names Lifetime Pavement Award Recipients
- Tuesday, 11 December 2018 21:56
Two exceptional concrete pavements have been recognized with ACPA’s Lifetime Pavement Award.
The City of Boulder, CO, was recognized with an award for a four-block section of Mapleton Avenue, a location of great importance to a vibrant city. Built in 1927, and with minimal maintenance since, the concrete pavement stands as an exceptional and durable example of concrete put to the test.
This historic section of pavement has contributed to economic development, including mining camps, the discovery of gold, and the growth of the University of Colorado.
Also recognized with an ACPA Pavement Longevity Award is Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, Fla. Presented to the Florida DOT, District 5, the concrete pavement designated as US 17/92 and Woodland Boulevard, extends the entire north-south length of the city. The concrete is in excellent condition as it approaches eight decades of service.
Built in 1939 and dedicated in 1940, the jointed-reinforced concrete pavement serves Stetson University and Florida DOT’s District 5 Headquarters, along with many other businesses in the city. This storied pavement plays an important role in the community, as the site of many parades and civic celebrations.
Florida Design-Build Team Takes Sustainability Award
- Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:33
ACPA presented the 2018 Sustainability Practices Award to the Florida DOT and Archer Western Construction.
The two organizations were recognized for their innovative design-build team which proposed, engineered, and built a 16-ft wide full-depth concrete shoulder to serve as an emergency lane along State Route 98 in Jacksonville.
The decision to provide the emergency lane reflects forward-thinking context sensitivity, which is rare and an inherently important part of sustainable construction.
This is a positive example of including the societal benefit of avoiding future construction costs and eliminating future lane closures.
An official of Archer Western Construction accepted the award on behalf of the design-build team.