Anna McMullen, ACPA Director of Membership and Chapter Relations, recently traveled to Wisconsin to meet with members and get a firsthand look at projects in the Milwaukee region. Joined by the President of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, Kevin McMullen, Anna visited two jobs and met with members to learn more about the challenges they are facing this construction cycle. First, the pair visited the Zignego Company’s job on Milwaukee’s Humboldt Avenue through a residential neighborhood. The Zignego crew was excited to share that they had found a stretch of sidewalk that was paved in 1925, showcasing the long life of concrete products. Next, they visited a plant and paving job on Interstate Highway 43 north of Milwaukee with Trierweiler Construction and Supply Company; this area is one of the Wisconsin DOT’s major construction corridors. Conversations focused on paving challenges of individual projects, as well as issues such as supply chain, cement supply, and the importance of complete lifecycle analysis.
The Case for Concrete Being Made at NASAO
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) is hosting its annual convention and trade show in Greenville, South Carolina, this week. ACPA, represented by Chief of Engineering and Construction Gary Mitchell, is exhibiting alongside ACPA Southeast Chapter’s Executive Director Greg Dean and Southeast Cement Promotion Association (SCPA)’s Pavement Applications Director Stan Bland. The trio is meeting with state aviation directors and airport consulting engineers to promote concrete pavement’s sustainability and resiliency benefits. ACPA has been engaging with officials and engineers from Texas, North and South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and more, on concrete’s advantage and the usefulness of concrete overlays for general aviation airports. You can read the full agenda here.
MPPP Brings Together International Officials and Pavement Preservation Experts
AASHTO’s Midwest Pavement Preservation Partnership (MPPP) is one of four regional forums to share information describing improvements in research, design, specifications, materials, and construction practices promoting the benefits of pavement preservation through education and application. The MPPP consists of representatives from 12 State Agencies, three Provincial Agencies (Canada), and one local government. This year’s annual meeting is being held this week in St. Louis, Missouri. Represented by Pavement Innovation Expert Larry Scofield and the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota’s Executive Director Matt Zeller, ACPA is exhibiting at the meeting and engaging with local and regional officials. Details about MPPP, the underlying TSP∙2 pooled fund, and the 2022 Annual Meeting can be found here.
Paving Fundamentals in Focus at IRF/ISCP Webinar
ACPA Senior Director of Technical Services Eric Ferrebee presented at a webinar jointly hosted by the International Road Federation (IRF) and the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) as part of their Introduction to the Fundamentals of Concrete Pavement series. Leading part two of the three-part series, Ferrebee covered Concrete Pavement Design Basics. From identifying favorable sub-base characteristics to the process of slipform paving, he walked attendees through the paving process from start to finish. His in-depth presentation can be found here, and the webinar series can be purchased from IRF here.