Advanced technical discussions were in full swing at ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting in Austin, TX last week. FHWA’s LaToya Johnson, Team Leader for Pavement Design and Performance, led discussions on FHWA’s current department initiatives as well as initiatives on sustainability, while Chief TXDOT Engineer Lance Simmons discussed IIJA funding from the state perspective. The Portland Cement Association’s Chief Economist Ed Sullivan kicked off the week with a market analysis, noting that material supply across the board remains tight in some regions, and while inflation is coming down, implications may continue for the rest of the year. These speakers were only just a few of the highlights of an agenda that included successful workshops and networking events among members.  

Additionally, ACPA’s governance and functional committees met in Austin to review ACPA’s efforts in the highway, roads and streets, industrial and airports markets, while also highlighting and discussing government affairs and promotional and marketing progress this year. As the only national trade association solely focused on concrete paving, ACPA welcomes engagement from all industry experts and encourages committee involvement. ACPA’s Nominating Committee will be accepting nominees for the Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Committees between now and November. If you are interested in serving on an ACPA Committee, please contact Anna McMullen at amcmullen@acpa.org 

This weekend a deadly truck fire was allegedly the cause of an overpass collapse along the I-95 corridor just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Engineering teams undoubtedly will be looking at how fire impacted the structure, while also seeking to quickly reopen lanes for this heavily traveled stretch of highway. ACPA stands ready to assist with recommendations on any paving questions that may arise from this unfortunate incident. Certainly, ACPA’s team of paving experts collectively have years of experience and unique expertise on highly technical matters including techniques that lead to reopening lanes to traffic quickly. ACPA will keep you posted as the conversations between FHWA and PennDOT on rebuilding efforts progress.    

Please enjoy the stories in this newsletter, including the opening of a new Heidelberg Materials cement plant, the release of ACPA’s spring magazine, IGGA in Pavement Preservation Journal, and more.