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Mack Named 2019 ACPA Chairman

James W. “Jim” Mack, Director of Market Development-Commercial Strategy for CEMEX has been named  the 56th Chairman of the ACPA Board of Directors.  

He assumed the role with the traditional gavel passing ceremony last Thursday at the closing awards dinner at the ACPA annual meeting.  Chuck Niederriter, 2018 Chairman (and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Co.) said Jim is the first Chairman in the history of ACPA to have served with a cement company, a regional shipper’s group, an ACPA-affiliated Chapter, ACPA National, and PCA.

“The combination of his work experiences, business sense, and his technical prowess give him some unique perspectives on the industry,” Chairman Niederriter says, adding, “But even more than that, Jim has a well-deserved reputation as being a staunch and tireless advocate for concrete pavements.” 

Jim thanked Chuck for his service as 2018 Chairman and described his two major objectives as 2019 Chairman.  

“The first is the implementation of the industry pavement promotion plan,” he said, adding, “The second item I want to focus on is the continuation of the ConcreteCOMPETES initiative started by Chairman Niederriter.”  The initiative is about aligning resources at the national level to scale up pavement promotion and to support the local promotion network, he says.

Divided Highways-Rural (GOLD)

US119 CoLine-Crossover Rd, Mt. Pleasant, PA
Contractor:  Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.   
Owner: Pennsylvania DOT           
Engineer: SAI Engineers    

Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc was awarded this two-year, $37.8 million reconstruction project by the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT).   This highway reconstruction project was located on State Route 119 in East Huntingdon, PA.

The roughly 5-mi. long, two-lane divided highway project included more than 190,000 SY of 12 in. jointed concrete pavement; almost 3.4 miles of upgraded drainage and stormwater retention systems, median upgrades with concrete barrier separation; paving inside shoulders; and mine stabilization.

Some major project highlights include: cement soil stabilization, a roller compacted concrete truck-inspection area, recycled concrete for site stabilization and toe bench rock, ASR concrete, long-life concrete, roughly 14,500 lineal ft of concrete glare screen barrier, and mine shaft repair with concrete support columns.  The project also included lime soil stabilization, an onsite concrete batch plant and a DBI concrete paver along with other emerging technologies.

A winter shutdown was mandated, during which no work could take place from November 1 to April 1. With the amount of work that needed to take place in two seasons, the winter presented a challenge to an already tight schedule.

During the paving season, Golden Triangle crews worked overtime to allow the adjacent paving to coincide with cure times for the mainline and ramps. A utility delay in the project schedule occurred when a utility company did not move their line before the planned date.  

In the second year, work on a mainline section was halted for a month in order to allow the utility contractor to move a line that would have been exposed if not lowered under the subgrade. In the first year, unusually high temperatures impacted daytime placement of concrete placements. During that time, most the concrete was placed at night during cooler temperatures.  High temperatures in both years necessitated installing  a water chiller at the contractor’s batch plant.

Also in the second year, large rain storm events delayed concrete paving almost a month. From April to July, it rained and average of three days per week almost every week. It was difficult to coordinate concrete pours with the weather and other project demands, but crews once again worked weekends when rain was not forecasted.  

A late warm spell in the first year allowed the crews to into November and December for smaller concrete pours. This was a huge help as progress was delayed in late fall due to some unforeseen conditions and changes to the subgrade and pavement design. Warm weather in the late fall, early winter is unusual in the northeast where the end of October is usually the end of concrete paving, without being forced to use artificial heat or concrete blankets.

There were also design issues with two of the on ramps, which forced Golden Triangle to reschedule the ramp closure work. In the first year, construction of a ramp was scheduled during the school season, but was pushed to later summer so that ramp could remain open to school buses and the elevated traffic levels. In the second phase, a ramp closure was unexpectedly prolonged for a full year, instead of just 42 days as planned. To solve the Golden Triangle worked out of sequence to reconstruct the ramp and correct the grade issues in the beginning of the season rather than later in the year. This allowed the work to be performed safely and quickly.  The ramp closure work was completed in 39 days and opened early in order to open in time for the Memorial Day traffic.

This project also had several sustainability factors, including:

  • Selection by PennDOT for the study of preventive measures to address Alkali-Silica Reactivity in pavement, based on the AASHTO PP65-11 program.
  • Construction of a 500 ft section using an optimized long-life concrete mixture, which the contractor requested to be used in the mainline pavement as a trial for future optimized mixes.
  • Use of a central mix batch plant to produce 64,000 CY of concrete, cement-treated permeable base course, and roller compacted concrete. This allowed a more consistent concrete mixture and fewer trucks to deliver the material, thereby burning less fossil fuel and minimizing the environmental impacts.  The plant also used three-phase power instead of diesel generators, which saved thousands of gallons of fuel, plus even more fuel to deliver the diesel to the site.
  • Recycled and reused materials throughout the project. This included more than 25,000 CY of concrete pavement, 4,500 linear ft of concrete median barrier, and limestone aggregate.

Despite the complexity of the project, as well as unforeseen delays, Golden Triangle completed the work in just 20 working months.  The hard work and dedication by more than 130 employees showcased a beautiful concrete highway which provides the owner, tax payers and motorists a superior and durable project. 


Overlays, Highways (SILVER)

Chester Unbonded Concrete Overlay Project, Chester, WV
Contractor: Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.
Owner/Engineer: West Virginia Department of Transportation

The West Virginia State Highway Route 30 unbonded concrete overlay project was the first concrete overlay constructed in West Virginia.

The project consisted of 20,000 SY of 7 in. concrete overlay on Route 30; a concrete overlay on four ramps; variable depth concrete reconstruction at the overlay transition areas; and concrete preservation (patching) operation on Route 2 ,which runs north and south at the interchange of Route 30.

There was also some minor drainage work in the median and upgrades to signage, guardrail and other roadside work. The proposed overlay was constructed on a 1 in. asphalt separation layer on the existing 9 in. plain concrete pavement roadway. The project plan also called for 8 in. deep asphalt shoulders adjacent to the overlay.

After the project was awarded, Golden Triangle approached the West Virginia Department of Highways with some welcome changes to the scope of the project. The contractor proposed to construct 8 in. deep concrete shoulders in lieu of asphalt at no additional cost to the Department.

Golden Triangle replaced the entire Route 2 concrete roadway for the same cost as patching the roadway would have been. The contractor also was able to minimize disruption to the business owners by designing a traffic scheme to allow Route 30 traffic to continue during the overlay construction. The new traffic plan eliminated the 20 mi. detour, which was popular with business owners and municipal authorities. The overlay portion of the schedule was originally supposed to be complete in 9 days with a $10,000 per day incentive/disincentive clause. The revised plan allowed more time to construct the overlay without the major disruption of the long detour, and as a result, contract was complete on schedule in just under 4 months without the cost of liquidated damages.

Golden Triangle requested permission for the Department of Highways to use an optimized concrete mixture in lieu of West Virginia’s standard slip form mix. This allowed the Golden Triangle the ability to lower the cement content, provide a well graded mix which in turn, resulted in IRI numbers in the 50’s and 60’s and hopefully a more durable pavement.

Non-destructive testing was used in lieu of cores to determine actual pavement depths. Round metal discs were nailed to the asphalt layer prior to paving. Each disc was surveyed to determine a
location. After the pavement had hardened sufficiently to use a MIT-2 scanner, the disc was located and the scanner was passed over the disc to determine depth. This method eliminated the 40+ cores typically required for this amount of pavement.

The widths of the shoulders ranged from 4 ft to 11 ft, so a variable width slip form mold was used to slip form the shoulders, thus combining multiple placements into one operation.

West Virginia DOH expressed their happiness with the project and indicated their readiness complete more concrete overlays throughout the state. The cold/wet spring delayed our paving schedule from an April-to-August paving schedule to a May-to-August schedule. Crews worked 10 hours per day, 6 days a week during to complete the paving in time for the first day of school in late August.

Golden Triangle actively engaged with the local government and businesses in the area. The contractor attended City Council meetings, which area business owners, residents and city/county officials also attended. It was at one of these meetings, where the revised traffic plan and schedule were presented. Traffic plans and phase changes also were communicated through the local newspaper and on the city’s website.

The contractor was able to minimize disruptions on the Route 2 reconstruction work by using night and weekend closures of intersections that allowed completion of intersections that are too busy during weekdays.

West Virginia DOH expressed their happiness with the project and indicated their readiness complete more concrete overlays throughout the state. The cold/wet spring delayed our paving schedule from an April-to-August paving schedule to a May-to-August schedule. Crews worked 10 hours per day, 6 days a week during to complete the paving in time for the first day of school in late August.

ACPA Names Niederriter as 2018 Chairman

ACPA’s 55th Chairman of the Board says, “I’ll be right there with you to push for concrete pavements and celebrate our victories, too!”

ACPA has named Chuck Niederriter, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Triangle Construction Company, as its 2018 Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Niederriter became the 55th person to serve as ACPA Chairman during a ceremony at ACPA’s Annual Meeting, where he accepted a ceremonial concrete gavel from 2017 Chairperson Lori Tiefenthaler, Senior Director of Marketing for Lehigh Hanson, Inc.

“The mission for 2018 will be for the national organization to work closely with the ACPA-affiliated chapters to provide increased service and assistance to our governmental partners at the state and local level,” he said, adding, “This is in direct support of decisions-making about pavement design and selection process for our highway systems.

“This is of great importance today considering the heightened awareness nationally for much needed improvements to the infrastructure in the United States,” he said, adding, “The transportation departments across the country are asking for help, and we are prepared to step in!”

Celebrating Successes
During his acceptance speech at ACPA’s 54th Annual Meeting, Niederriter said, “Our clients expect our projects to last a generation. Unfortunately, the measure of success for our product is that often goes unnoticed for 50 years. As such, we need to celebrate our successes.”

Addressing an audience of 285 association members, affiliates, and other guests, “As we move forward in 2018, I want to encourage, challenge, and invite you to ‘get into the trenches.’ I know your ACPA national and Chapter staff will be there, and I promise you I’ll be right there with you to push for concrete pavements and celebrate our victories, too!”

Niederriter’s comments including a poignant story about the founding and evolution of Golden Triangle Construction, where he began his career as a project engineer. During his approximately 32-year tenure, he has overseen tremendous growth of the company, he said, recalling his first project with the company, a new taxiway and cargo apron at Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, the company as an industry leader in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

About Chuck Niederriter
Chuck Niederriter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering in 1982, and has worked at Golden Triangle Construction since 1986. He serves as Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the overall day to day operations.

In addition to his position at Golden Triangle, he also serves in several volunteer leadership roles, including Vice President of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors. He is also past Chairman of the ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter and past-President of the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America); he also has served on numerous other Boards of Directors.

About Golden Triangle Construction
Founded in 1952, Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc. is headquartered in Imperial, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The company grew from a subcontractor doing curb and drainage work to its current role as a leading heavy/highway/utility construction company. Today, the company has 350 employees who work in western Pennsylvania, throughout West Virginia, and in eastern Ohio.

Record Attendance for ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA 2017 Chair Lori Tiefenthaler (Lehigh Hanson) welcomes Mid-Year Meeting participants as Pavement Workshop kicked off the event.

With an estimated 150 registered guests, the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting topped all previous attendance records by nearly 60 percent.

The event was sponsored by 2016/17 sponsors, Ash Grove, CEMEX, Central Plains Cement Co., Continental Cement, CTLGroup, GCP Applied Technologies, GOMACO, Guntert & Zimmerman, LafargeHolcim, Lehigh Hanson, Rexcon, the Wirtgen Group, and W.R. Meadows.

This year’s meeting was held at the Kimpton Monaco Hotel in Pittsburgh.  The meeting featured a robust agenda that began with a pavement workshop and concluded with an exciting and fun-filled night of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. 

The pavement workshop covered pavement innovations; long-life concrete pavement; concrete overlays; quality management; pavement economics and competition; and maintenance of traffic innovation.

ACPA task force and committee meetings followed, along with social and networking events and the baseball reception and game, which was made possible by the generous organizational support of Golden Triangle Construction Co. The baseball reception and game was sponsored by Amerikohl Aggregates, Inc., Hanson Aggregates, and the ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter.

The excitement continues as ACPA now sets its sights on the 54th Annual Meeting.   See the related story and please save the dates and reserve hotel rooms at:  http://2017meeting.acpa.org/.

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