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Conference Focuses on Highway and Airport Pavements

ACPA participated in the 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference in Chicago this week.

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), included a presentation by Jerry Voigt on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative. The presentation provides a long-term view of technology-driven changes anticipated in the next 20 years, as well as projections on how the concrete pavement industry will both adapt to and drive innovation. 

Eric Ferrebee presented on concrete pavement preservation and rehabilitation techniques and also did a poster presentation on PavementDesigner.org, the cement & concrete industry’s pavement thickness design platform.  Eric also participated in the highway- and airfield-pavements committee meetings.

Two pre-conference workshops were held on Sunday. Peter Taylor and Gordon Smith from the CP Tech Center were among presenters in the PEM workshop. The second workshop, led by Jeffrey Gagnon of the FAA, covered the agency’s pavement evaluation software. 

TDI supports the advancement of integrated transportation and development that is safe, secure, and sustainable. 

Update: A Game Changing Roadway Plan

Editor’s note:  Since our story last week about proposal on Autonomous Truck Corridors, we’ve learned of some new additional information on the topic.  A two-page flyer explains the ATC concept and its benefits. Please click here to download the flyer.

As reported previously, the concept* is being advanced by Dr. Tyler Ley, Professor of Structural Engineering at Oklahoma State University.  In the video, Dr. Ley calls for a “massive, huge, game changer approach” to improving roadways. He also says there is a need to “create money, reduce traffic, improve safety, improve sustainability and create long-lasting roadways.”  Click here to see the video. 

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* People who contributed to this concept include: Paul Tikalsky, Kelvin Wang, Joshua Li, Dan Cook, Norb Delatte, and Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University;  Aleksandra Radlinska of Penn State; and Tara Cavaline, Don Chen, Matthew Whelan of UNC-Charlotte.

Join the Discussion!

ACPA is encouraging members, chapter/states, and our technology partners to join the discussion on both the need and the urgency of investing in our nation’s surface transporation infrastructure, and in particular, highways and bridges.  ACPA has initiated a social media campaign in direct support of The Road Information Program (TRIP). 

We invite you to use these messages in your own social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).  Special thanks to Will Wilkins and Lisa Templeton at TRIP for supplying the reports and fact sheets ACPA staff used to create these messages.  Feel free to use the photos and the corresonding messages, or alternatively, customize the messages if you’d like. In our cust0mization of the messages, we’ve added “Now is the Time” to the graphics to emphasize the urgency and to tie into upcoming meetings and ongoing discussions in Washington, DC.

Last, but not least, for those of you familiar with social media, be sure to “tag” both ACPA and TRIP so we can keep the momentum going!  

  • ACPA – Twitter: @PaveConcrete | Facebook: @paveconcrete63  
  • TRIP –  Twitter: @TRIP_Inc

 

Investment messages (right click images to download).  Messages are paired with the image appearing directly below the lines of text.

#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the short time, investment in our highways and bridges creates well-paying jobs in #construction and related fields.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
#Infrastructure investment boosts the economy, says .@TRIP_Inc. In the long-term, investments enhance economic competitiveness & improve quality of life by reducing travel delays & transportation costs, improving access & mobility, improving safety, and sustaining job growth.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is #infrastructure investment so important? One reason is 72% of the $16.8 trillion of goods shipped in the U.S. is carried in trucks on #highways, says .@TRIP_Inc. An additional 14% travels by rail, water, #USPS or couriers, which use multiple modes, including highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway and Bridge Condition messages

Road conditions are another reason we need #infrastructure investment now. According to @TRIP_Inc., a recent AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report reveals annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88B to $120B. The report also found the backlog in needed road, highway and bridge improvements is $740B. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highway accessibility was ranked the #1 one site selection factor in a 2017 survey of corporate executives by AREA DEVELOPMENT magazine. Labor costs & skilled labor availability (both impacted by site accessibility), were rated 2nd & 3rd, respectively, according to @TRIP_Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty-five percent of America’s major urban Interstates experience congestion during peak hours, acccording to .@TRIP_Inc . Traffic congestion costs American motorists $170 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Messages

Forty-five percent of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $131 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $616 per motorist, according to .@TRIP_Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were 37,133 traffic fatalities in 2017 in the US, according to .@TRIP_Inc. Roadway features are likely a contributing factor in about 1/3 of traffic fatalities.  Between 2013 and 2017, 175,080 people died on U.S. highways. The time is now to #invest in our #infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crashes in which roadway design was likely a contributing factor cost U.S. motorists $102.4B/year year in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays workplace costs, insurance costs and legal costs, according to .@TRIP_Inc.  The time for #infrastructure #investment is now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a study conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, $100 million spent on highway safety improvements will save 145 lives over a 10-year period, according to .@TRIP_Inc. The time for #infrastructure #investment is now. 

 

Professor Calls for Game Changing Roadway Plan

An informative new video explains how autonomous vehicles will save our roads. Produced by Dr. Tyler Ley, Professor of Structural Engineering at Oklahoma State University, the video provides an overview of the concept* and provides details about the Autonomous Truck Corridor (ATC) concept. 

In the video, Dr. Ley calls for a “massive, huge, game changer approach” to improving roadways. He also says there is a need to “create money, reduce traffic, improve safety, improve sustainability and create long-lasting roadways.”

The concept involves creating separated truck corridors that can allow autonomous trucks to travel together and to be powered by overhead electrical lines. Called the autonomous truck corridor or ATC, this special corridor will combine technologies that can help relieve challenges in deteriorating roads, relieve the shortage of long haul trucking drivers, allow autonomous vehicles an entry to the transportation market, resolve the limitations of a limited range of electric vehicles, reduce traffic-related congestion and delays for the traveling public, and reduce the 7% of greenhouse gas emissions from long haul trucking vehicles.

Click here to see the video. To learn more about the ATC concept, please click here to download an informative two-page flyer.

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* People who contributed to this concept include: Paul Tikalsky, Kelvin Wang, Joshua Li, Dan Cook, Norb Delatte, and Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University;  Aleksandra Radlinska of Penn State; and Tara Cavaline, Don Chen, Matthew Whelan of UNC-Charlotte.

ACPA Participates in Infrastructure Discussion

ACPA participated in discussion forum that presented the “Prospects for Infrastructure in the 116th Congress.”  Co-hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and No Labels(1), the forum included two panels, one comprised of Members of Congress; the other comprised of infrastructure stakeholders.  

The conversation with Members of Congress was moderated by the Hon. Tom Davis (former Republican House member representing Virginia’s 11th District and No Labels Co-Founder). The discussion included comments and questions with Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24); Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16).

The discussion with infrastructure stakeholders was moderated by President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Other panelists included Stephen Roy, President Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment; Wes Stowers, CEO of Stowers Machinery Corporation; Dr. Alison Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, ARTBA; and Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition.

During the Q&A portion of the first panel discussion, Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, presented a question and presented information about the RAMP proposal(2) developed by the Hon. Norm Mineta and others. He framed around the question and comments in the context renewing the commitment to our nation’s highways and other infrastructure. The first panel was recorded and aired on C-SPAN. Click here to view the panel discussion, including the Q&A portion.

Interested in other government affairs news?   Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.
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(1) Founded in 2010, No Labels is an organization focused on transcending political lines to “usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics,” according to Wikipedia.
(2) For more details about the RAMP proposal, see the news brief, Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment, published in ACPA TODAY on Jan. 23.

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