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Concrete Pavement for Airports -Training

The Aviation Council of Pennsylvania’s 44th Annual Conference takes place on October 7-9 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. An integral part of this conference, on October 9, is the offering of a one-day Concrete Pavement Workshop, developed under the FAA’s Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program.  For more information about the Concrete Pavement Workshop, please click HERE.   Early-bird discounted registration fees for the entire Conference (which includes the workshop) or just the Workshop are being offered through September 1 ($395 for the entire conference, $175 for a one-day registration). Click HERE to take advantage of the discounted registration fees today. 

ACPA/PA is also participating with ACPA/National by exhibiting at the National Association of State Aviation Officials’ 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show, which takes place September 7-11 at Station Square in Pittsburgh.   A presentation on Concrete Overlays for Preserving Airport Pavements will take place as part of this program. For more information about this year’s convention, click HERE.   


Concrete Overlay Workshops Well Attended

Concrete Overlay Workshops were presented on June 11 in Harrisburg and on June 13 in Uniontown by FHWA under the Every-Day Counts (EDC-6) initiative by Bob Conway (FHWA) and Jerry Voigt (One Square Pavement Consulting).  About 100 professionals representing all eleven Districts and the Turnpike, ten different construction firms, several major material suppliers and the consulting engineering community participated.  We want to thank State Pavement Design Engineer Lydia Peddicord for outstanding efforts in bringing this program to Pennsylvania, and to (now retired) Deputy Secretary for Highway Admin Mike Rebert for successfully encouraging several District Executives and ADEs to participate.

Thank you also to our lunch sponsors, Golden Triangle Construction, Atlantic Contracting & Materials, Wirtgen America, and Skyway Slag Cement, and to our beverage sponsors, Gulisek Construction, Heim Construction, J.D. Eckman, and BBP Solutions.

Below are other events that you may have an interest in attending:

  • International Conference on Concrete Pavements, August 26-29 (Minneapolis, MN)
  • National Concrete Consortium, August 26-29 (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Aviation Council of Pennsylvania Annual Conference, October 7-9 (Williamsport)
  • FAA/ACPTP Concrete Pavements for General Aviation Workshop, October 8 (Williamsport)
  • 27th ACPA/PA Concrete Conference, February 19-20, 2025 (Harrisburg)

Environmental Product Declarations

PennDOT was recently notified by the Governor’s Office that the plan for implementing the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Sustainable Project Delivery will be accelerated with implementation taking place for 2025.  For more information, please see the Memo issued by the Deputy Secretary along with a preliminary draft Implementation Plan.

The ACPA/PA Concrete Conference will have more information to share on this topic during presentations by both the Department and Academia.

ACPA/PA Staff Announcement

We are pleased to announce that David L. Jarvis, P.E., has joined the staff of ACPA/PA on a part-time basis as Vice-President for Technical Services.  Dave brings with him 38-years of experience in the transportation engineering profession, the last 34-years with PennDOT.  He served for many years as the leader and manager of the Quality Assurance District 10/12 Team. Up until his retirement from PennDOT last year, he served as a vital contributor to our agency/industry Concrete Pavement Quality Improvement Committee, assisting in the establishment and revisions of numerous concrete pavement standards and specifications.  He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at or at 412.932.3199. 

ACPA/PA Membership Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, May 9 from noon to 2:00 for a meeting of the members of ACPA/PA at the Best Western Premier-Harrisburg. Our invited guest speaker is Nominated Secretary of Transportation Mike Carroll.  We hope you will be able to join us for this event, which is open exclusively to Members of ACPA/PA and our invited guests. 

To register, please click HERE.  The deadline to register is May 3 at 11:59 pm.