Wathne and Ferrebee Engage with ACI at their Spring Convention
This week, ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., and Director of Technical Services Eric Ferrebee, P.E., were at the American Concrete Institute Spring Convention in Orlando, FL, representing the concrete pavement industry. Involved with various committees, Wathne and Ferrebee gave and heard updates on both opportunities and pressing issues in the industry. Wathne also contributes to ACI’s New Concrete Construction Sustainability and Resilience Assessor Pilot program (under ACI Committee 130). ACPA staff’s involvement in ACI via committee work, balloting and presentations help influence the direction of ACI guides, specifications, and documents.
Scofield Visits FDOT’s Concrete Test Road
While attending the Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnership Annual Meeting, ACPA Pavement Innovation Expert Larry Scofield, P.E., paid a visit to the Florida Concrete Test Road currently under construction. This ongoing project is deploying a section of concrete pavement parallel to the existing northbound US-301 to conduct tests in real-world traffic conditions. It is the only full-scale concrete pavement test facility of its kind in the Southeastern U.S. and will provide insight into the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) current concrete pavement design practices. You can read more about the project from FDOT here.
Wathne Meets with FEMA Assistant Administrator
Last week, ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss the disaster-resistant properties of concrete pavement. Assistant Administrator of the Grant Programs Directorate Pamela Williams emphasized the importance of building resilient communities. Wathne talked about improving our nation’s roadway system’s resilience and protecting the country’s evacuation routes with disaster-resilient concrete pavement. The meeting resulted in a productive dialogue, and ACPA will continue to promote concrete pavement’s role in building a resilient infrastructure system to FEMA.