This week in Washington, D.C., the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is hosting its annual fly-in. With the debt ceiling consuming headlines, there is palpable tension between the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives. While inflation is trending in the right direction (nearly half of what it was this time last year), project planning remains slow in many areas as some DOTs prioritize maintenance and repair or otherwise are taking a conservative approach due to so much uncertainty.  

Involvement from contractors and the concrete paving industry matters in Washington, D.C. Voices from the industry deserve a seat at the table not just to advocate for more work and to push Congress to address the noted uncertainty, but funds included in many of these bills help support your business, your ability to do quality work and the bottom-line. For example, funds that directly support the CP Tech Center are authorized through legislative bills being written in Congress right now. In fact, ACPA and the CP Tech Center recently were able to host a widely-attended airport workshop in Minnesota in part because of funding support. The CP Tech Center and ACPA’s Chief Engineer Gary Mitchell also are able to help guide discussions on specifications and keep runways across the country safe, operable, and sustainable because of these funds. These funds matter to concrete paving!       

ACPA’s staff has already attended more than 22 workshops and meetings this year. We’ve helped our contractors troubleshoot questions on-the-grade and are off to a strong start in 2023, saving the industry millions of dollars with our technical support. Whether you are an ACPA member, DOT engineer, contractor or academic, come to our Mid-Year Meeting in Austin, TX June 6 -8 to be part of these technical discussions.  

In one conference, we have: 

  • Economist Ed Sullivan discussing inflationary and supply chain trends to help us be better informed on market trends.
  • FHWA’s LaToya Johnson speaking on IIJA implementation and agency priorities.
  • Lance Simmons, Chief Engineer for TXDOT speaking on safety and inflation issues related to IIJA.
  • Three Workshops:
    • Optimizing Performance and Long-Life Paving Success
    • How to Effectively Use Concrete in the Urban Environment
    • How to Talk About Competition in a Climate-Focused World
  • Functional Committee Meetings
  • Chairman’s Reception with Live Music from Django Walker and even burros who bring beer!

Register today! Rooms are still available, but going fast. The hotel block deadline has been extended through May 19th. Click here to book your room.  

See you in Austin!  

Cheers!