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COVID-19 Updates

Tech Transfer (Webinars & On-Line Training)


Click HERE for details about the following:

  • CP Tech Center five-part series on Concrete Overlays Starts April 7
  • Five NHI Training Courses (offered for a limited time) on Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation Techniques totaling 13.5 hours of training.
  • A link to sixteen videos posted by FHWA on a wide range of topics, including durability, workability, curing, testing, smoothness, materials tutorials, and more.  The videos range in length between about 4 to 14 minutes. 

Conference Presentation Videos Now Available

For  the tenth year in  a row, we have videotaped presentations made at our Annual Penn Concrete Conference.  To view presentations from this year’s conference, please click  HERE. 

Topics include Industry/Agency Updates, Automated Speed Enforcement, Innovations, Performance Engineered Mixtures, Impact of Competition on Pavement Economics, Full-Depth Reclamation with Cement, Calcine Clay & Emerging Pozzolans, Concrete Certification Updates,  I-376 Innovations, Academia Research Overview, Pipe Sustainability & Resilience, Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures, Texas Skid Testing Project, IRISE, Customizing Rigid PavementME, Early Opening to Traffic, Precast Bridge Showcase, CPQI Updates, 408 Updates, and Mix Optimization.

To view presentations from past year Conferences, click HERE.



April 1 is National Census Day

We have been asked by PennDOT to get the word out that April 1 is National Census Day.  In accordance with the United States Constitution, every resident must be counted every ten years; this number determines the number of seats Pennsylvania (and all other states) get in the House of Representatives.  The census count will also affect how $675 billion in federal public funding is spent every year. Federal spending on programs such as highway planning and construction and on transit formula and  capital investment grants. Pennsylvania gets $26.8 billion annually from just our 16 largest federally-funded programs. That’s about $2,000 per Pennsylvanian each year.   Please do your part to assure that everyone counts!

Concrete Conference a Success

With an information-packed agenda, the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference drew 175 attendees and featured a wealth of business and technical information for participants.  First-time attendees comprised about 40% of our overall participation. These first-time attendees included experienced representatives from companies that have not previously been engaged with the concrete pavement community along with younger professionals who are the future of our industry. Six posters were presented from doctoral candidates and recent graduates from four universities on research that could reshape the state of the practice in concrete technologies.

The diverse group of attendees represented 72 different organizations, including twelve contractor firms. With a good mix of agencies, industry, consultants and academia, the conference started with keynote remarks from Yassmin Gramian, P.E., Acting Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT, who provided an overview of the mission and vision of PennDOT. This presentation was followed by a talk on the PennDOT 2020 construction program and on concrete pavement initiatives by T. Jay Cunningham, P.E., PennDOT’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations.  Tom Harman from FHWA spoke about Innovations and Craig Shuey, COO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented on automated speed enforcement.

Leif Wathne of ACPA delivered an excellent historical overview of pavement type selection, which set the stage for a talk by Randolph Kirchain Ph.D. of MIT, about the impact of competition on pavement economics. 

Technical presentations covered materials, best practices, case histories, research and more.  Rich Jucha from ACPA/PA presented on a contractor/aggregate producer led skid study and Heather Steffek from the New York State Chapter presented on full-depth reclamation with portland cement stabilization.  PennDOT staffers Joe Cribben, Dave Jarvis, and Pat Baer updated the group, respectively, on CPQI Initiatives, 408 Updates, and Performance Engineered Mixtures.

The conference again included participation and presentations from the concrete precast, pipe and ready-mixed industries. Casting this wider net allowed attendees to dialogue with a diverse mix of suppliers, producers, and others who were drawn to this more diverse program.