Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series that explores the FHWA’s latest AID-PT annual report. The current report is the most comprehensive of all previous annual reports, so we’ll outline some of the additional details next week.

The FHWA has released the 2019-20 AID-PT Annual Report, a 50-page document that provides an overview of the AID-PT program*, a chart showing how FHWA’s deployment efforts align with the program goals, and a description of Technical Feedback Groups (TFGs), which provide communications vital to this and other FHWA programs.

The TFGs are aligned by concrete and asphalt technologies, as well as sustainable pavements and pavement preservation practices, and as such some of the reporting is aligned with those four categories.

Of interest to our industry, the report includes technical feedback “hot topics” related to concrete pavements.

  • Rehab strategies
  • Rapid repair
  • Performance engineered mixtures
  • Composite pavement
  • Construction inspection training
  • Fly ash shortage
  • Concrete pavement design issues
  • 28-day strength requirements
  • Underutilized technologies

There are sections on quality assurance; performance engineered concrete mixtures; roundabout (using JPC and CRC); and the FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Technology Center, which continues to be an exceptional resource for agencies and contractors throughout the country.

The report also describes how the FHWA is reviewing a 20-year-old pavement design policy. ACPA was a leading proponent of this review and provided detailed input about suggested improvements and enhancements to the design policy.

There’s much more to explore in this comprehensive report. Be sure to check out our next ACPA TODAY for more information.

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* The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st CenturyAct (MAP 21). This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology. In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through September 31, 2021. The program has resulted in funding and major initiatives being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA technology partner. AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.

A similar research provision was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744. Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies. The FAA and CP Tech Center are currently outlining deliverables for this program.

 

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