MASSACHUSETTS – ACPA’s Vice President of Engineering and Construction, Gary Mitchell, was at Boston Logon International Airport with MA Concrete & Aggregate Producers Assn’s Craig Dauphinais and NRMCA’s Luke McHugh to meet with Massachusetts Port Authority staff. Massport requested the group convene to discuss the attributes of concrete for airside pavements, best construction practices, sustainability benefits, and resiliency properties. “We view this as a great opportunity to collaborate with our partner organizations to open the door to more concrete pavements in New England, which will be a big benefit to our cement members as well as our northeast and New York paving contractor members,” said Mitchell. The group also went over case studies of fast-track concrete pavement projects and the potential of using strategies similar to those employed at the Port Authority of New York and JFK International Airport to deploy more concrete overlays.

NORTH CAROLINA – ACPA’s Director of Pavement Innovation, Larry Scofield, was outside of Raleigh visiting three diamond ground test sections on SR 540 in North Carolina. The test sections, constructed in 2012 by IGGA contractors, were evaluated by KP Engineering to establish the longevity of three different spacer configurations. The three test sections were evaluated with a high-speed texture measurement device, a continuous friction measurement device, and a newly developed static friction measurement device. After the testing, Larry Scofield (ACPA/IGGA), Greg Dean (ACPA), and Paul Rogers (KP Engineering) met with North Carolina DOT personnel to discuss diamond grinding, NGCS, and longitudinal grooving.

MISSOURI (VIRTUAL) – ACPA Executive Vice President, Leif Wathne, presented to the Technology Transfer Meeting cohosted by the MO/KS chapter of ACPA and Missouri DOT.  Leif highlighted the important role inter-industry competition plays in the good stewardship of highway dollars. “The value of inter-industry competition is that it enables stewardship tools like LCCA, ADAB, planning, mix-of-fixes, and asset management to function properly!” Wathne emphasized that this is particularly important in the wake of the IIJA’s increase in highway investment.  It is critically important to “assure the public full value for their highway dollar through continued and healthy competition among industries involved in the production of paving materials.”