More than 350 attendees participated in the Missouri-Kansas Chapter’s 41st Annual Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Conference yesterday.

This was the Chapter’s first virtual presentation of the annual conference, whose theme was “Concrete Pavement for a Sustainable Future.” Todd LaTorella, Mark Shelton, Jesse Jonas, and Cindy Allen successfully recast the in-person meeting to a fast-paced, content-rich virtual event, which included project stories; the MO/KS Chapter’s annual pavement awards program.

Jerry Voigt provided an update on ACPA, as well as some personal remarks about his work in the industry.

A number of interesting topics were presented, including a project story about the I-70/I-435 Interchange Project near Kansas City in Jackson County, MO. The project was a modified turbo interchange and included significant reconstruction of interchange elements, including new fly-over bridges. James Plfum, Resident Engineer for the Missouri DOT, provided a detailed overview of how the design and construction team met the challenges on this project to deliver significant safety and traffic flow improvements to this high traffic interchange.

Following the opening sessions, the participants heard about technical breakout sessions covering:

  • Innovations & Research
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Concrete Pavement Preservation/Restoration

Following lunch and the annual awards program, as well as a trivia contest and a live tour of the FHWA Mobile Concrete Technology Center. Following those activities, the technical breakouts continued in the afternoon with the following session topics:

  • Airfield Paving
  • Commercial & Industrial Paving Systems
  • Concrete Design & Construction Technologies

Afternoon sessions also included a Kansas DOT Update; a discussion about the I-70 Reconstruction in Gove County; and Concrete Design & Construction Technologies. Capping the event was Dave Howard of Koss Construction and 2021 ACPA Chairman, who presented the state of the industry and outlook for the year ahead.  Todd LaTorella closed out the event, marking another successful annual conference.