A meeting with FHWA on Monday covered some important developments with the FHWA Pavement & Materials (P&M) program, including the AID-PT program,* which ACPA developed and advocated for inclusion in two highway bills.

Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne met with Gina Ahlstrom, Latoya Jackson, and Brian Fouch of the FHWA, along with Richard Willis of NAPA.

The meeting included an update from FHWA about a reorganization of the P&M program, as well as an update on where FHWA is on updating their pavement design policy. The FHWA considers the policy update a priority and noted that the review is currently in progress. The agency plans to post a notice of proposed rulemaking later this year.

The group also discussed a new pooled fund demonstration project. The project is aimed specifically at advancing new pavement technologies.  Six or seven state DOTs have expressed support thus far, and more states have indicated an interest.  The plan is to leverage federal investments with state DOT partnerships. The topics so far include:

  • Performance engineered mixtures,
  • Preservation,
  • Resilience (and incorporating it into the decision-making process),
  • Pavement foundations, and
  • Other topics to be suggested by Technical Advisory Committee.

The FHWA plans to set up a “Friends of the TAC” group to engage stakeholders, including ACPA.

ACPA presented details about the ACPA/NAPA joint letter to House T&I and Senate EPW committees regarding the AID-PT program. See our story about the letter here.

ACPA also shared details about areas of interest and other thoughts about the Administration’s highway-related priorities, including moving concrete overlays forward through the FHWA Every Day Counts initiative, focusing on pavement resilience as a means to Build Back Better, and including life cycle thinking in all aspects of decision-making, including economic and environmental

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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.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

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.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

ACPA also advocated for a similar research provision was included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744. Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies

 

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