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ACPA Announces Resilience Awareness Campaign

September is often associated with the start of tropical storms and hurricanes, so ACPA is launching a social media campaign to share the benefits of concrete paving in the context of resilience planning and preparation.

Concrete pavements perform significantly better than other paving solutions, so when storms or other disasters strike, there is minimal downtime, and often no repairs, when concrete pavements are used. This enables first responders, medical and other teams to access the impacted areas immediately instead of waiting for the road to be repaired.

“You might ask yourself, ‘How can I help with this campaign?’” says Scott Mueller. “The best way to help ACPA is to comment on the post, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter, encourage your brethren to do the same. When we create momentum in social media, it helps strengthen our brand, which strengthens ACPA, which creates more business opportunities for our members.”

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Photo shows a view of US 10 in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  No repairs were needed to the pavement.

You Still Have Time to Register for the Next ACPA-PCA Webinar

There’s still time to register for the next PCA-ACPA paving webinar, which is scheduled for this Friday (August 14) at Noon (Central)/ 1 p.m. (Eastern)

The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.

The webinar also will include, “Using Cement Slurry Directly from a Ready Mix Truck.” The presentation, by Scott Hall, of Sagamore Ready Mix, will describe a dust-free process for recycling failed asphalt pavement into a new stronger cement treated base. Click here to register for the August 14th webinar.

Here’s a preview of other topics in the upcoming webinar series:

  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success. It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

Additional topics and webinars are being added to the schedule and will be announced soon.

Don’t Miss the Next ACPA-PCA Webinars

ACPA is reminding members and chapter affiliates of the upcoming PCA-ACPA paving webinars.

The webinars take place on the second Friday of each month at 11 am (EDT) / 10 am (CDT) and feature one or two presentations. Here’s a look at the next three webinars in the series:

  • August 14—The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.
  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success. It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

Additional webinars are being added to the schedule and will be announced soon. Look for more details, including registration, which we’ll announce in future issues of ACPA TODAY. Please note the topics and presenters may change without notice.

Fact Sheet Describes Concrete Pavements’ Reduced Environmental Impact

The reduced environmental impact of concrete pavements is the topic of the latest Pavement Note from the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements.

The two-page fact sheet, “Sustainable Concrete Pavements,” presents sustainability attributes, key research findings, and key outcomes. Among the key findings reported are that “concrete pavements are 12% and 30% lower in environmental impact at 40 and 70 years.”  The fact sheet provides insights into CO2 emissions, noting that “(a)pproximately 43% of emissions released in the manufacture of cement since 1930 has subsequently been absorbed by the concrete it produced in that period.”

Useful information about energy savings, resilience, fuel savings, low noise, and recycling are also among the many fast facts included in this resource. This useful information should benefit promoters and others with an interest in concrete pavements. Click here to download a PDF.

Weather Channel Spotlights Pavement Resilience Remarks by Jim Mack

In an interview on the Weather Channel last Friday, Jim Mack presented some balanced perspectives on pavement resilience. Jim is Director of Market Development at CEMEX* and past Chairman of the ACPA Board.

“For the most part, both asphalt and concrete roadways can be made more resilient and flood resistant,” he tells host Weather Underground Mark Elliott and other staff meteorologists.

“But concrete, just by its very nature, is a little bit more naturally flood resistant just by the stiffness of the system,” he continues.

Jim describes two types of flooding damage. “Washout is where running water comes along and washes out the ground,” he says, adding that both rigid and flexible pavements are both susceptible to this damage.

He also describes inundation as “the silent killer,” adding that this is where rising waters, as are often seen in aerial views, soak the base and the ground under the pavement.

“This can lead to the long-term deterioration of a pavement that’s not as stiff as other pavements, such as concrete,” he says.

The almost 3-1/2 minute interview included other facts and examples, as well as video footage of flooded pavements. Click here to see the complete interview.

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 * An ACPA member.

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