The National Summary Workshop on FHWA’s Pavement Design Policy and Guidance was held recently at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose was to summarize the findings from an industry listening session and five regional DOT peer exchanges.
The meeting also provided an opportunity for stakeholders (including industry, state agencies, and the FHWA) to discuss FHWA’s pavement policy, pavement selection and the role of inter-industry competition, as well as potential next steps stemming from the listening session and peer exchanges among 48 states in five regions. Representing ACPA at the national workshop were Jim Mack (2019 Chairman), Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne.
The workshop was one of the main outcomes of ACPA’s direct engagement with FHWA on competition and pavement policy, says Leif.
“ACPA members have in recent years invested significant time and resources to support efforts to engage with and inform the FHWA on the significant economic benefits of pavement competition,” he says. Although the workshop has not yet yielded specific programmatic outcomes, “we can consider this and other related activities a success if they result in State transportation departments weighing how they can better leverage the free-market dynamic between paving industries. Once decision makers and policy makers are made aware of the inequity that exists among paving industries, they usually recognize the opportunities that having a competing concrete pavement industry can provide.”
In addition to pavement policy and competition, the workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss budgeting/funding, pavement design, communications challenges, external influences, workforce issues, historical data collection and reporting.
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