Congress Poised to Pass Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. House and Senate have reached agreement on a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill, which includes language that reauthorizes the Airport Pavement Technology Program. The bill includes continued funding for the Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP) being conducted through a cooperative agreement between the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) and the FAA at $3 million per year over the next five years. ACPA, working with the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA), heavily advocated for the continuation of the ACPTP. Currently, the program has obligated funds totaling $12.5 million toward airfield concrete pavement research under the cooperative agreement. The research is addressing various issues that have plagued the concrete paving industry at commercial and military airports including developing a quality control manual, continuity guidance between the concrete paver and plant and much more. To date, nine research projects are underway with more in development. The Reauthorization bill is expected to pass Congress by May 10th. For more information on ACPA’s airfield work, please refer to the ACPTP website or contact Dr. Peter Taylor or Gary Mitchell.

 National Paving Awards Program Open for Submissions

ACPA is now accepting submissions for the National Paving Awards program for projects completed in 2023. The ACPA Annual Awards for Excellence in Concrete Pavement are designed to honor quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada each year. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in every concrete pavement project and serves as a forum for sharing information about highly successful projects. The program recognizes contractors, engineers and project owners who completed outstanding projects. Winning an Award for Excellence in Concrete Pavement provides the contractors, engineers and owners with a level of prestige that can assist them in the development of future projects. Submittals must be received by Friday, July 12, 2024. Begin your submittal by logging-in to our awards system. Please review the complete eligibility requirements by selecting the ‘Eligibility’ link on the page. For any inquiries, please email awards@acpa.org.

Road Profile Users’ Group Conference

ACPA’s Director of Pavement Innovation Larry Scofield, P.E., and Nick Davis, P.E., Director of the Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership for ACPA and Director of Technical Services for IGGA, attended the Road Profile Users’ Group (RPUG) conference in St. Augustine, Florida, from April 29 – May 2. RPUG is an annual event and aims to serve as a forum for the exchange of information between end users, data collectors, vendors, construction and design engineers and researchers. The meeting was attended by approximately 224 participants, the highest attendance in event history. In addition to numerous surface characteristic presentations, three members of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) groups participated, including distress, friction and profile. The conference is considered the premier event for those interested in road profiles, roughness and smoothness, pavement surface textures and friction, tire-pavement noise and safety-related topics.

ACPA Presents at the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Conference

ACPA’s Engineering Services Consultant Tim Martin, P.E., recently presented with Kentucky Chapter State Executive Greg Smith at the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Conference in Owensboro, Kentucky. The presentation covered sustainability and resiliency of concrete pavements, highlighted concrete pavement projects in Kentucky and delivered educational material on the use of pavementdesigner.org. The event included engineers from across the state, including consultants, agencies, contractors and material suppliers. The keynote address was delivered by the Corps of Engineers District Commander Col. L. Reyn Mann, P.E.

ACPA Attends the Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group Meeting

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently hosted the 28th meeting of its Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Eric Ferrebee, P.E., ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services, represented the concrete pavement industry alongside fellow industry partners from the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), Portland Cement Association (PCA) and MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub. The meeting featured updates on various sustainability efforts including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Low-Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) program and the production of industry average Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for various materials.

Concrete Pavement Progress Spring Issue Available Now

The Spring 2024 issue of Concrete Pavement Progress magazine is now available to read online. The cover feature in this issue is a modernization of California rest stops by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This represents a huge step forward in sustainability by implementing long-life concrete pavements and low-water usage. This issue also features a discussion with ACPA’s Chairman Ernie Peterson to discuss plans and goals for the association in 2024. Read these stories and more ACPA news here.

Technology Tuesday: Jointing Roundabouts and Other Intersections

Concrete is a regularly used material for roundabouts and other intersections due to its long-life with minimal required maintenance disruptions. However, to ensure optimum performance is achieved, proper design, jointing and construction is required. With the complex geometry of roundabouts and other intersections, joint layout is a critical step for long-term performance. Register for this free Tech Tuesday webinar to learn the essential elements of jointing concrete pavements at roundabouts and other types of intersections, including helpful design strategies to help ensure a successful project.