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ACPA, PCA Offer Policy Recommendations to T&I Leadership

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)  and the Portland Cement Association (PCA) penned a joint letter to the Leadership of the House Transportation Committee, reaffirming the associations’ interest in working closely with the Committee to advance legislation to make needed investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

The letter emphasized said, “An efficient and well-functioning transportation network is essential to meeting the needs of the 21st century, and for positioning the U.S. economy for robust growth.”

The letter also included specific recommendations to inform policy discussions regarding improving and restoring America’s infrastructure.  They included:  greater investment; investing wisely (with an emphasis on competition, life-cycle cost assesment and resilience); and the need for research and technology deployment.

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.

The program has resulted in funding and major initiatives being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

ACPA also led advocacy efforts for a similar research provision was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Sec. 744, “Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies.”

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Don’t Miss These ACPA, ISCP Webinars

There’s still time to register for the two ACPA and the ISCP webinars, which are part of a series that continues through 2019.  Details follow below:

Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Concrete Pavements (Thu, Dec 6, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST) – This two-part webinar will cover this economic procedure used to compare competing pavement designs, over the analysis period, considering all significant costs expressed in equivalent present value dollars.  The presentation topics are:

  • “LCCA principles and use for design and project selection,” by Jim Mack, Director-Market Development-CEMEX and ACPA 2019 Chairman, and
  • “Australian approach to LCCA for PCC pavement decision-making” by Justin Moss, Associate Technical Director & Team Leader-Arcadis (ISCP Director);

Rolling quality, friction and surface texture for concrete pavements (Calidad de rodadura, fricción y textura superficial para pavimentos de hormigón) (Thu, Dec 13, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST) – This webinar will cover surface characteristic indicators for concrete pavements are p resented. Typical equipment used to measure surface irregularity (rolling quality), friction coefficient, and depth of texture are mentioned. The webinar will be presented by Erwin Kohler of 3ipe (ISCP Director).  Please note:  This webinar is presented only in Spanish.

Don’t Miss These ACPA, ISCP Webinars

ACPA and the ISCP will present two webinars in December, the first two in a series that continues through 2019.  Details follow below:

Life Cycle Cost Analysis for Concrete Pavements (Thu, Dec 6, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST) – This two-part webinar will cover this economic procedure used to compare competing pavement designs, over the analysis period, considering all significant costs expressed in equivalent present value dollars.  The presentation topics are:

  • “LCCA principles and use for design and project selection in U.S./Latin America,” by Jim Mack, Director-Market Development-CEMEX, and
  • “Australian approach to LCCA for PCC pavement decision-making” by Justin Moss, Associate Technical Director & Team Leader-Arcadis (ISCP Director);

Rolling quality, friction and surface texture for concrete pavements (Calidad de rodadura, fricción y textura superficial para pavimentos de hormigón) (Thu, Dec 13, 2018 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CST) – This webinar will cover surface characteristic indicators for concrete pavements are p resented. Typical equipment used to measure surface irregularity (rolling quality), friction coefficient, and depth of texture are mentioned. The webinar will be presented by Erwin Kohler of 3ipe (ISCP Director).  Please note:  This webinar is presented only in Spanish.

ACPA and FHWA Discuss Life-Cycle Cost Analysis

ACPA’s 2nd Vice Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and Leif Wathne met with FHWA officials last week to discuss Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA).

Representing FHWA were LaToya Johnson, FHWA Team Leader–Pavement Design and Performance; Gina Ahlstrom, Team Leader–Pavement Materials; and Heather Dylla–Sustainability Program Manager.

FHWA is working on updating their LCCA guidance and expects to request stakeholder input, which will be announced in the Federal Register.  ACPA and the concrete pavement industry will continue to stay actively  engaged with FHWA as a reliable and credible resource for industry perspectives on LCCA.  We anticipate knowing more about FHWA’s timeline for publishing their guidance later this spring, Wathne says. 

 

LCCA Legislation Clears Hurdle in Mass.

Craig Dauphinais, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association, reported on March 3 that LCCA legislation had been voted on “favorably” by the Commonwealth’s House & Senate Transportation Committees.

In support of “Life Cycle Cost for Long Term Pavement Solutions” (S1966), Leif Wathne, along with other officials representing the MC&AP, industry, labor, and the CS Hub, presented testimony in support of LCCA and the bill.  Leif submitted oral testimony to the House of Representatives, as well as written testimony to Rep. William Straus and then-State Senator Thomas McGee, co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on Transportation.  

“Working diligently and strategically with our allies in the cement and concrete industry to ensure state agencies adopt the best stewardship practices possible through use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis is not only good for our industry, it is good for the taxpayer,” Leif said.

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