FAA Five-Year Reauthorization Bill Passes

The House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement last week for the passage of H.R. 3935, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024. The five-year Reauthorization Bill paves the way for much needed infrastructure funding and reforms the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) expanding eligibility for projects. Additionally, the Bill increases AIP funding to $4 billion per year. The Bill also includes language ACPA advocated for authorizing funds for the Airport Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP) at $3 Million per year for the next five years. The Bill sets the stage for continuing the ACPTP, managed by the CP Tech Center, through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Continuation of the ACPTP is important for the concrete paving community to continue research to resolve problems that present challenges to engineers, agencies, and ACPA members during concrete pavement design and construction.

Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP) announces ISCP Workshop

ACPTP and CP Tech Center manager Dr. Peter Taylor will be leading an ACPTP Technology Transfer Workshop at the 2024 International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP) 13th Annual Conference, which will be held in Minneapolis, MN, August 25-29, 2024. The Workshop will provide updates on the nine ACPTP projects currently underway. The Principal Investigators for each ACPTP Project will give presentations featuring the ongoing work and some preliminary research results, addressing various issues that have plagued the concrete paving industry at commercial and military airports. This research is ultimately expected to influence and support needed changes to FAA Advisory Circulars and Tri-Services design/construction specification guidance documents, provide best practices guidance in airfield related projects, and provide quality control/quality assurance guidance for constructors and designers aimed at improving pavement quality, durability, sustainability and resiliency. More information about the Conference and Workshop can found on the ISCP Conference Website. The ACPTP Technology Transfer Program is funded through a cooperative agreement between the FAA and CP Tech Center and more program information can be found here.

Transverse Pavement Profiler Certification Conducted on ICART Test Road

This past week, the Illinois Department of Transportation (ILDOT) conducted a Transverse Pavement Profiler Certification (TPP) on their ICART test road in Trenton, Illinois.  This certification process is part of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) pooled fund study to improve the quality of pavement surface distress and transverse profile data collection and analysis.  As technology progresses, more and more agencies are moving to automated pavement data collection, shifting from analyzing narrow strips of pavements longitudinally to full lane width data collection.  To ensure the automated equipment is capable of achieving this, there are AASHTO provisional specifications and these and other certification events will address their efficacy. Larry Scofield, Director of Pavement Innovation for IGGA and ACPA, attended this event.

 

ACPA Offers Critical Input on LCA Tool at MIT CS Sustainability Advisory Meeting

ACPA recently participated in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s (CSHub) advisory meeting in Cambridge, MA. Eric Ferrebee, P.E., Senior Director of Technical Services for ACPA;  Nick Davis, Director of Technical Services for IGGA; Angela Folkestad, P.E., Executive Director of the ACPA – CO/WY Chapter; and  Heather Steffek, Executive Director of the ACPA – NY Chapter, represented the concrete pavement industry in the meeting. The MIT CSHub team gave updates on various projects including work on resilience, availability of SCMs and ACMs, and further work on carbon uptake. One project of specific note is the creation of a simplified/streamlined LCA and LCCA tool for pavements. This meeting allowed the concrete pavement industry to provide direction and feedback to the MIT CSHub team as they continue their work on sustainable and resilient concrete infrastructure.

ACPA Helps Florida Pavers and Consulting Engineers Optimize Designs and Overlays

Last week ACPA delivered a workshop focused on pavement design and analysis for the ACPA – Florida Chapter/Florida Concrete and Products Association. The workshop was developed to help Florida DOT personnel and other consultant practitioners learn to effectively design and optimize concrete pavement designs. The workshop also covered concrete overlays and their importance for maintaining pavement networks in a cost-effective manner. The workshop was led by Eric Ferrebee, ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services and Tyler Speakmon, Senior Infrastructure Engineer with Cemex.

ACPA Chapter-State Makes Annual Trek to Washington, DC for FHWA Meeting

Last week, ACPA’s Chapter-State Executives gathered in Washington DC to meet with representatives of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). While ACPA regularly engages with FHWA, this meeting allows for ACPA’s boots on the ground to have a more direct connection with the agency and discuss how various programs are working or could be improved at the state level. This year, the group discussed sustainability (including the LCTM program, Every Day Counts, and the Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group), the AID-PT program (including the Mobile Concrete Technology Center, Performance Centered Concrete Construction (P3C) pooled fund and concrete and sustainability cooperative agreements), and pavement evaluation and assessment practices. The ACPA group included John Leckie (ACPA-IN and C/S Committee Chair), Greg Mulder (ICPA and C/S Committee Vice-Chair), John Becker (ACPA-PA), Dan Labo (CPAM), and Jason Reaves (ACPA-SD), with ACPA Chairman Ernie Peterson and Eric Ferrebee from ACPA supporting the discussion. This regular meeting is extremely useful in building the relationship between ACPA’s promoters and FHWA and ensuring that the programs the industry values continue to be effective.