Growing Optimism About Transportation Funding
- Wednesday, 30 June 2021 01:20
The concrete pavement industry has been active in advocating for transportation funding, and there has been some positive movement both locally and nationally over the last few months.
The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) held their annual cement and concrete fly-in as a virtual event in late April, and representatives of the concrete industry from Colorado had the opportunity to meet with members of our congressional delegation in Washington DC to discuss the critical need of infrastructure investment. We also addressed the industry’s commitment to carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050 and the importance of workforce development programs to backfill the current levels of retirement and prepare the next generation of skilled workers. ACPA is continuing to work with our construction industry partners nationally to advocate for a bipartisan solution to fund our transportation needs.
In Colorado, ACPA has joined the coalition of business and labor groups who support SB21-260 Sustainability of the Transportation System. The long-term funding streams included in the bill and the inflation indexing of fees into the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF) are essential to ensuring CDOT and local agencies receive the funding necessary to implement their transportation plans – and that the construction industry is able to invest in their people and equipment to meet that demand.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD WINNERS!
Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Concrete Pavement award winners! We missed presenting the awards in front of a crowd at our workshop and invite you to learn more about the award-winning projects in the special section of this issue. We look forward to a return to in-person awards and our Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop in March 2022.
Choosing Concrete to Invest In Colorado’s Transportation System
- Tuesday, 01 June 2021 08:17
It’s Past Time to Invest in Colorado’s Transportation System & Concrete Pavement is Essential to Solving our Challenges
Colorado’s roadways are in rough shape, and TRIP’s “Keeping Colorado Mobile” report released in early March in combination with the 2021 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card confirm what Colorado drivers experience every day.
A few highlights from the TRIP report:
- Nearly half of Colorado’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor or mediocre
- Congested roads, highways and bottlenecks choke commuting and commerce and cost Colorado drivers $3.5 billion each year in the form of lost time and wasted fuel.
- From 2000 to 2019, vehicle travel in Colorado increased by 31%, the 9th highest rate in the country.
- Traffic congestion causes up to 62 annual hours of delay for motorists in some urban areas and costs drivers as much as $1,242 annually in lost time and wasted fuel.
ASCE presented several solutions to raise our national roadway grade from its current mark as a D. They include:
- Increase funding from all levels of government and the private sector to address the condition and operations of the roadway system to maintain a state of good repair and ensure safety for all users.
- Fix the federal Highway Trust Fund…to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for the federal surface transportation program.
- Develop state and local level comprehensive transportation asset management plans that link asset management efforts to long-term transportation planning and incorporate the use of life-cycle cost analysis.
If we want to improve our roadway conditions from a dismal D rating and reduce the financial impact on individual Coloradans, we must be willing to commit to a long-term plan to invest in our transportation system. That investment must include CONCRETE PAVEMENT SOLUTIONS to extend the life of our roadways and carry the increased freight traffic expected.