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VDOT Meeting Sharpens Focus on Competition

A meeting with the Chief Engineer of the Virginia DOT on August 13 resulted in an agreement to form a joint industry/agency ad hoc committee to explore potential projects where concrete pavements may provide solutions for ramps, intersections, interchanges, overlays, etc.  

Working closely with Ray Seipp of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Leif Wathne, P.E., met with Garrett Moore, P.E., to discuss competition and “the opportunity for VDOT to send a clear signal to both the concrete and asphalt industries that VDOT is serious about finding ways to better marshal competition between the paving industries to the benefit of Virginia taxpayers,” Wathne says.

He underscored how the concrete pavement industry looks forward to a constructive dialogue about where concrete solutions can be a good fit for VDOT moving forward, specifically in the context of enhancing industry competition and improving network life-cycle cost efficiencies.

Moore has been Chief Engineer since 2012, having served the department in different roles, including administrator of the Staunton and Northern Virginia district offices, assistant resident engineer in Fredericksburg, and resident engineer in Warrenton. 

The meeting is one of the latest examples of the “ConcreteCOMPETES,” program initiated by Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.) in January.   

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Photo caption: Garrett W. Moore, P.E., VDOT Chief Engineer. (Credit: VDOT)

 

ACPA Presents Industry Overview at AASHTO COMP Meeting

At the recent AASHTO Committee on Materials and Pavements (COMP) annual meeting, ACPA presented an overview of association activities in support of the concrete pavement industry and highway agencies throughout the country.

Leif Wathne discussed ACPA’s organizational focus, partnership activities with the IGGA/ACPA CP3, the CP Tech Center, and the affiliated chapter network. He also highlighted ACPA’s robust contractor membership and the steady increase in membership overall; the addition of the Florida Chapter; and projections for continued concrete pavement market growth for 2018. As ACPA looks to the future, the association is also investing in future leadership through its Emerging Leaders Group and Interns for the Future program, he said.

Wathne also provided an overview of ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative to the materials and pavement engineers and other technical experts from highway departments and other agencies throughout the United States.

During his presentation, Wathne emphasized the work the industry is doing in support of performance engineered mixtures, “which are aimed at delivering on the promise of concrete durability every time,” he said. He also discussed improved concrete pavement design methods, the value and contributions of concrete pavements to meet sustainability, equipment enhancements, and ACPA and CP Tech Center resources aimed at educating and informing contractors and engineers of best practices and ways to achieve quality concrete pavements.

The meeting was held in Cincinnati, OH, from Aug. 5 through 10. The AASHTO COMP is focused on materials testing, specification and performance, as well as pavement design, testing and management. The committee’s next annual meeting is scheduled for August 5 through 9, 2019, in Baltimore, MD.

Consultants: ASCE Calls for TD&I Papers

ACPA is reaching out to consulting firms and individual consultant members (and others intersted in presenting) that the ASCE’s call for papers for its 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference.  The deadline for submitting an abstract is August 23. Decision notificiations will be send on or about Sept. 7. Click here to see submission topics and other details about submitting abstracts.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North in Chicago on July 21 through 24, 2019. 

ACPA to Address Steel Tariffs

In response to questions on the impact of trade tariffs, ACPA staff and members have joined together to discuss the issue and formulate a response to address current and potential concerns about steel pricing and supply among state and local agencies. During a Jointing Task Force conference call last week, a group comprised of dowel bar and other steel product manufacturers discussed the issue.   

Several ACPA members provided perspectives and background information. The next step will be for ACPA to develop a consensus statement for review and discussion by a small working group comprised of Glenn Eder (Simplex); Matt Nicholas (Dowel Bars & Baskets, LLC); Chris Schenk (O-Dowel, Inc.); and Roger Stutzman (MMFX Technologies). 

When finalized, the statement will be distributed to chapter/state affiliates for their use to answer further questions from states DOTs and other agencies.

Register Now for ACPA’s Airport Pavements Workshop

There is still time to register for ACPA’s Airport Pavement Workshop, scheduled for Aug. 28 through 30 at the Marriott San Diego Mission Valley, in San Diego, CA.

The annual workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) the first and second days, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third day. Click here to see a draft agenda for the workshop.  

Please be sure to check with the hotel for room availability and rates, or alternatively, choose from other hotels in the area.

 

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