This week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the availability of $2B in funding for state DOTs and other qualifying entities to pursue low carbon materials. This news is exciting, not only because concrete is considered an eligible material, but because it gives agencies the opportunity to perhaps try something with their programs. ACPA has anticipated this announcement stemming from funds connected to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for many months. As such, we’ve partnered with the CP Tech Center and other engineering professionals to form the Reduced Carbon Concrete Consortium (RC3). Collectively, we can help states with the application process and advise on qualifying programs. Read our press release about this announcement here.

Recently, AASHTO sent a letter to Congress identifying concerns over the “August Redistribution”. At the risk of being overly simplistic, redistribution includes the routine practice of the US DOT estimating how much of the highway funds they anticipate will be “used” for the remainder of the year – a conversation then ensues with the states about redistributing the available funds to other priorities. What is usually a small amount of funding has grown to an estimated $8B in 2024. This tops the previous year with more than $7B available for redistribution and a considerable concern that these funds would lapse. ACPA is watching this situation closely, as every dollar of available infrastructure money is needed to help rebuild our nation’s crumbling network and as we know, inflation is inhibiting how far our infrastructure dollars are going.

To that end, ACPA Board of Directors will participate in the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In May 14-15 in Washington, DC. Priorities will include “what comes next?” after IIJA expires in 2026. We will be watching FAA reauthorization, appropriations, and funding that supports concrete paving research and helps support the efforts of our CP Tech Center.

Registration is opening this week for ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting, to be held June 4-6, 2024 in Kansas City, MO. The meeting will be held at the Cascade Hotel, Kansas City, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. This year, in addition to functional committee and task force meetings, there will be three workshop sessions covering smoothness before and after the paver, sustainability topics and perspectives from equipment manufacturers. Watch for registration details, but for now, save the date on your calendar. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. The meeting promises quality technical content, but also networking and social time with fellow members. Please reach out to Kelsey Carriere for meeting details and sponsorship opportunities.

Register early! We look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers!

Laura