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ACPA Hosts Successful Reception at TRB

ACPA on Monday hosted a successful reception at the Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting at The Willard (Intercontinental Hotel), in Washington, DC.

Held at the event this year drew an estimated 200 to 250 people, who enjoyed appetizers and refreshments and fellowship with ACPA representatives and others in the transportation construction community. Guests were treated to the new 2-minute version of the popular video, “It’s What We Do,” which premiered at the ACPA Annual Meeting in November. Jerry Voigt acknowledged and thanked sponsors of the event, welcomed participants and expressed best wishes for a great year in 2020.

The generosity of ACPA sponsors makes this event a great success by defraying expenses and by making the evening a great way to show appreciation and support for the people representing agencies/owners, industry and academia.

The annual event has become a favorite with the research community representing the FHWA, state transportation agencies, airport owners’ representatives, Association members, consultants, ACPA chapters, and others with an interest in advancing surface transportation research and technology. The 99th annual meeting began on Sunday, Jan. 12, and runs through tomorrow (Thurs., Jan. 16).

Heading to the TRB Annual Meeting?

The Transportation Research Board is urging people planning to attend their 99th Annual Meeting to complete event registrations before the discounted registration rate ends on Nov. 30. Registration is required for all Annual Meeting attendees, including session speakers, poster presenters, and those who attend the exhibit hall, career fair, or any workshops.

Meeting registration and hotel reservation processes are combined, so only registered attendees are permitted to reserve rooms in the TRB block. In addition to event registrations, TRB is encouraging guests to complete hotel registrations at any of the 20 hotels reserved in the block.

As part of TRB’s Centennial Celebration, all full registrants at the 99th Annual Meeting will be eligible to pick up a complimentary copy of the book, “The Transportation Research Board, 1920–2020: Everyone Interested Is Invited” by Sarah Jo Peterson. The book chronicles the events, people, and successes that helped make TRB what it is today. The number of books will be limited and distributed while supplies last. The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 12-16, in Washington, DC.

 

Webinar to Cover Overlay Research and Performance

A Transportation Research Board webinar will cover “Concrete Overlay Performance & Research Innovations.” Those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  The webinar will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, from noon to 2:00 p.m. (CDT) |1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT).

The two-hour webinar will describe highway agencies’ experiences with concrete overlays, along with experiences with recent innovations, including interlayers and fiber reinforcement.  Presenters will discuss case studies of concrete overlays and illustrate design considerations of this technique. 

Moderated by Kurt Smith, Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.,* the webinar will be presented by John Donahoe, Missouri Department of Transportation, Dan DeGraaf, Michigan Concrete Association; Julie Vandenbossche, University of Pittsburgh,* and Jeff Roesler, University of Illinois and President-ISCP.* A certificate for 2.0 PDHs will be provided to professional engineers who register and attend the webinar individually.  Click here for more information, including registration details. 

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* ACPA members.

ACPA Participates in TRB Concrete Pavements Meeting

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. 

Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System

Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.  The recommendations of the committee are included in their Blueprint for Action.  The recommendations are summarized below:

  • RECOMMENDATION 1. Congress should legislate an Interstate Highway System Renewal and Modernization Program (RAMP). This program, presumed to be pursued without sacrificing normal ongoing system maintenance and repair, should focus on reconstructing deteriorated pavement, including their foundations, and bridge infrastructure; adding physical capacity and traffic demand and operations management capabilities where needed; and increasing the system’s resilience.
  • RECOMMENDATION 2. A “rightsizing” component of RAMP should address current and emerging demands to extend the Interstate System’s length and scope of coverage, and to remediate economic, social, and environmental disruption caused by highway segments that communities find overly intrusive and are not deemed vital to network and intermodal traffic.
  • RECOMMENDATION 3. To better ascertain the spending levels required for RAMP investments, Congress should direct U.S. DOT and FHWA to join with the states to assess the foundational integrity of the system’s pavements and bridges, and identify where full reconstruction is needed based on accepted life-cycle cost principles.
  • RECOMMENDATION 4. To pay for RAMP investments, Congress should, as a near-term step, (1) increase the federal motor fuel tax as needed to a level commensurate with the federal share of the required investment, and (2) adjust the tax as needed to account for inflation and changes in vehicle fuel economy.
  • RECOMMENDATION 5. To provide states and metropolitan areas with more options for raising revenue for their share of RAMP investments and for managing the operations of Interstate segments that offer limited opportunity for physical expansion, Congress should lift the ban on tolling of existing general-purpose Interstate highways.
  • RECOMMENDATION 6. To ensure that the federal government’s long-term commitment to RAMP is not threatened by declining fuel tax revenues as the vehicle fleet and its energy sources evolve, Congress should prepare for the need to employ new federal and state funding mechanisms, such as the imposition of tolls or per-mile charges on users of the Interstate Highway System.
  • RECOMMENDATION 7. To support renewal and modernization investment decisions, Congress should direct, and provide sufficient funding for, U.S. DOT and FHWA to develop modeling tools and databases that track the full condition of Interstate assets, including interchanges, and their reconstruction history; can be used to assess transportation options that can supplement or substitute for additions to Interstate highway capacity; allow for the monitoring and modeling of network-level traffic flows on the Interstate Highway System; and further federal and state understanding of the demand for long-distance and interregional passenger and freight travel by highway and other modes.
  • RECOMMENDATION 8. Congress should direct U.S. DOT and FHWA, working with states, industry, and independent technical experts, to start planning the transition to more automated and connected vehicle operations.
  • RECOMMENDATION 9. Expanding upon earlier legislative directives (e.g., the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century [MAP-21] Act and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation [FAST] Act) for transportation agencies to consider resilience in long-term planning, Congress should direct U.S. DOT and FHWA to substantiate that state Interstate highway renewal and modernization projects have fully taken into account the need for resilience.
  • RECOMMENDATION 10. Congress should direct U.S. DOT and FHWA to ascertain the Interstate Highway System’s contribution to the country’s emission of greenhouse gases and recommend options for reducing this contribution in conjunction with reductions in other emissions of pollutants.

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