Author Archives: Emma Dolan

Meeting America’s Transportation Needs with a Reliable, Safe & Well-Maintained National Highway Network

TRIP’s America’s Interstate Highway System at 65 report provides the latest information on the Interstate system, including pavement conditions, bridge conditions, travel trends, traffic congestion levels, truck use, and traffic safety. It reviews the findings of the TRB Interstate report and concludes with recommended actions – based on the findings of the TRB report – to ensure that the system is able to meet the nation’s transportation needs.

Download the June 2021 TRIP Report. 

View the Interview with Interstate Report Author

Growing Optimism About Transportation Funding

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

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 
  • condition.
  • 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.

Colorado Public Works Journal Article: Concrete Pavement Inspector Certification

Partnership with CDOT

For the last 14 years, ACPA has partnered with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to provide a certification program for concrete pavement inspectors.

Since 2006, any person who inspects concrete pavement on CDOT
projects or projects using CDOT specifications, has been required to
hold a construction inspector certification. An inspector’s thorough
understanding of concrete pavement and the specific construction
processes required for concrete applications can lead to increased
quality and efficiencies at a project site.

Proper inspection plays a
key role in ensuring well-constructed, high quality pavement.
Attendees across the industry

Although CDOT appears in the course title, interested participants
need not be affiliated with CDOT projects to take this course and
earn the certification. By opening the class to all inspectors, ACPA
hopes to increase the understanding of good concrete paving and
inspection practices. Many local agencies have begun requiring
certification of inspectors, as well as contractor QC personnel. This
certification is offered to a wide variety of individuals across the
industry, contractors, consultants, and local agencies.

 

Updates to the training Program
The program is taught by Sarah Sanders, PE, Pavement Engineer for
the CO/WY Chapter of ACPA, and Val Niculae, PE, CDOT Concrete
and Physical Properties Program Support Engineer. Most classes
also feature guest speakers from the concrete pavement industry to
provide alternate perspectives. An overhaul of the curriculum was
recently completed, and updates were made to include new specifications, equipment, and best practices. The course also provides guidance on completing the required CDOT forms for documentation on a project. The focus of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding for an inspector to ensure proper paving practices are followed on the project site.

Additional topics help the inspector verify that pavement being placed will meet the long-term durability goals that are to be expected with concrete pavement.

The test was re-written to focus on the inspector’s understanding of important concrete paving and inspection topics instead of the ability to memorize specifications. Updated topics include:


• Performance Engineered Concrete Mix Designs
• Paving equipment
• Pavement placement, finishing & joints
• Smoothness Testing
• Contractor QC Plan and QC Notebook
• New testing technologies


2021 Classes
Classes are still being taught in-person following all CDOT COVID-19 Restrictions. Class sizes are limited and are filling up fast. For anyone interested in taking the class, study materials are available from the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, Federal Highway Administration Concrete Clips series, and many other sources.

Visit the CO/WY ACPA website (www.cowyacpa.org/inspector-certification) for more information and to sign up for 2021 certification dates.

Join Us For the 2020 ACPA Annual Member’s Meeting

Please join other members of the CO/WY Chapter – ACPA to discuss the goals and initiatives for the Association in the coming year. 

When: 
Tuesday, October 06
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 
ACPA Office
6880 S. Yosemite Ct.
Centennial, CO 80112
(Second Floor Training Room)


RSVP is required.
This meeting is currently scheduled to be in-person and may be subject to change due to anticipated attendance to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. 

Lunch will be provided!

To RSVP please contact Emma Dolan
720-297-9902
edolan@pavement.com

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